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Will Smith and other actors sound off on a potential SAG strike

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As labor negotiations between Hollywood’s two main actors guilds and the town’s producers continue at a snail’s pace, actors are starting to speak out about how a Screen Actors Guild strike would affect them, their fellow actors, and the economy. Many bigger-name thesps, such as Amy Brenneman, Ron Livingston, Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Jack Nicholson, and George Clooney have been vocal about the circumstances; some have even circulated petitions. EW.com correspondent Carrie Bell recently talked with Will Smith and several other actors at the premiere of Hancock, and asked them for their thoughts on a potential strike.

Will Smith: “With the writers’ strike and Hollywood having been through this already this year and having lost millions of dollars, [an actors’ strike is] just really not a good time for America, for California, or for a lot of people I know and work with. I hope we can come to a resolution all sides are happy with before it comes to that again. If it has to happen, I hope it moves rapidly. But the economy is terrible and we don’t need to be contributing to it.”

Charlize Theron: “I just hope some adult conversation can take place and we can resolve this efficiently and fairly and without having to stop work all over the city and the world.”

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Jason Bateman: “Hopefully they will work something out so I
don’t need to do all that reading. I have trouble with the reading, so I
don’t want to do it until I get the papers that call for a vote on the
strike. Plus, I have a project that I am really excited about starting
in August, so I really don’t want that to get held up.”

Jada Pinkett Smith: “I think it is a double-edged sword. I believe
strikes are an effective way to make your point and some things could
stand to be changed in how we do business. But also, the economy doesn’t
need any help getting worse. We have kind of put everything on pause to
see what’s going to happen.”

Virginia Madsen: “I am a member of both SAG and AFTRA. I wasn’t sure
about the decision of AFTRA to go ahead and deal separately, although
there are some different issues on the table for each. But I kind of
feel like there is validity to the strength-in-numbers philosophy. I
just hope that we can come to a healthy, beneficial solution for
everyone involved and when it is done, it is done. We all have to come
to the middle and compromise.” (Reporting by Carrie Bell)

Jason Bateman: “Hopefully they will work something out so Idon’t need to do all that reading. I have trouble with the reading, so Idon’t want to do it until I get the papers that call for a vote on thestrike. Plus, I have a project that I am really excited about startingin August, so I really don’t want that to get held up.”

Jada Pinkett Smith: “I think it is a double-edged sword. I believestrikes are an effective way to make your point and some things couldstand to be changed in how we do business. But also, the economy doesn’tneed any help getting worse. We have kind of put everything on pause tosee what’s going to happen.”

Virginia Madsen: “I am a member of both SAG and AFTRA. I wasn’t sureabout the decision of AFTRA to go ahead and deal separately, althoughthere are some different issues on the table for each. But I kind offeel like there is validity to the strength-in-numbers philosophy. Ijust hope that we can come to a healthy, beneficial solution foreveryone involved and when it is done, it is done. We all have to cometo the middle and compromise.” (Reporting by Carrie Bell)