Ten days into the SAG-AFTRA strike, which sees actors demand fairer pay and conditions, Mark Ruffalo has taken to social media after finding a silver lining to the Hollywood shutdown.
The Avengers stalwart took to Twitter to advocate for indie filmmakers.
Ruffalo suggested the move in a series of tweets which began: "How about we all jump into indies now? Content creators create a film & TV-making system alongside the studio & streaming networks? So there is actual competition."
The actor continued: "Then we just do what we always do—create great content & they can buy it, or we take it out ourselves & WE share in those sales. They’ve created an empire of billionaires & believe that we are no longer of value. While they hang out in the billionaire boy summer camps laughing like fat cats, we organize a new world for workers.
"One sure way to strengthen our hand right now is to become very supportive & friendly to all independent projects immediately. Push every SAG-AFTRA member to join the ones that get SAG-AFTRA (WGA) WAIVERS immediately. The studios have no competition—this will change that."
As the dual work stoppage is affecting members of other film industry personnel, including below-the-line workers, Ruffalo's proposal also aims to support the wider institution: "This will also help our fellow filmmakers “The Crew,” who we love, to keep working. This is also part of #Solidarity. We have to take care of each other."