Bryan Cranston delivered a passionate speech at the “Rock the City for a Fair Contract” rally in Times Square, addressing Disney head Bob Iger and emphasizing the importance of job security and dignity for actors. Cranston stated that the industry has undergone significant changes and stressed the need to adapt to current economic realities rather than cling to outdated models.
Cranston was joined by other prominent actors on stage, including Steve Buscemi, Wendell Pierce, Christian Slater, Christine Baranski, Stephen Lang, Titus Burgess, and more. Each speaker echoed the sentiments of Cranston, emphasizing the necessity of fair treatment and appropriate compensation for all union members.
Among the speakers, Baranski expressed her solidarity with background actors and demanded fair treatment for them in any new contracts. Slater shared a personal anecdote about his father, a fellow SAG member, who received support from the union during difficult times. Liza Colón-Zayas, known for her role in “The Bear,” highlighted the financial struggles faced by artists and called for greater transparency and remuneration.
Overall, the rally provided a platform for actors to voice their concerns and assert their commitment to preserving job security, fair compensation, and dignity in the rapidly evolving entertainment industry. The impassioned speeches showcased the unity and determination of SAG-AFTRA members in fighting for their rights and ensuring a sustainable future for all.