Jamie Lee Curtis knows more than Hollywood’s horrors, on screen and in reality, so there may not be a better person for an actor who goes head-to-head with a major studio to have in their corner.
Consider Scarlett Johansson in good company, as Curtis has come hard to her defense in her ongoing legal battle with Disney over the hybrid release of Marvel’s standalone “Black Widow” movie this summer.
In a lawsuit filed in July, Johansson claimed that Disney violated her contract and shortened her salary to increase her own streaming service by simultaneously dropping the much-delayed blockbuster in theaters and at Disney +.
While Johansson’s public supporters have been few, Curtis did not say a word to honor Johansson as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people for his annual issue.
“I recently saw her own the screen as the black widow demanding revenge on a powerful figure who manipulates (emphasis on man) women to fight for him,” Curtis wrote in an essay published Wednesday. And then I saw her brilliant reaction to a manipulation in reality (same weight) when she filed a breach of contract case against the studio and claimed that it decided to release the film simultaneously in cinemas and streaming cost her significant salary losses. ”
“Whether it’s an assassin with a conscience, an actor with an emotional center, or, right after giving birth to his second child, a tough mother, the message is clear: Do nothing about this mother bear,” Curtis continued.
The “Halloween” star said she “always felt a kinship” with Johansson over their joint birthday, but her appreciation grew when Johansson portrayed her real mother Janet Leigh in the 2012 biopic “Hitchcock”.
“We talked – she wanted to understand my mother’s inner life. There were clear points of contact: the shared Danish roots, a passion for acting and more talent, ”reminded Curtis. “There’s a moment in that movie that scares me, where I’m watching Scarlett and she’s my mother.
Curtis’ comments come days after Johansson’s co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, who appeared with her in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame,” dealt with the lawsuit, calling it “a bit of a mess.”
Fellow friend Elizabeth Olsen has been Johansson’s most supportive Marvel partner.
“I think she’s so harsh and literal when I read that I was like ‘Good on you Scarlett,'” Olsen said, responding to news of the trial. “When it comes to actors and their earnings, I mean, it’s just, it’s just all contracts. So it’s either in the contract or it’s not. ”
The legal battle between Johansson and Disney became even more controversial after the study said her trial showed a “terrible disregard for the terrible and long-lasting global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The statement was widely criticized at the time, with Johansson’s agent calling it a “direct attack on her character” and blasting the studio for “shamelessly and falsely” accusing the actress of being “insensitive to the global COVID pandemic in an attempt to make her seems to be one, they, and I know she is not. ”