$13 million pay gap between Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for Disney's 'Jungle Cruise' reignites gender pay disparity
The actor is said to be receiving $22 million to portray lead male character Frank, while Emily is getting paid $ 9 million to take on the role of leading lady Lily
And the era of paying actresses less money than Hollywood actors continues to thrive. According to a new report, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is getting paid way more money than his leading lady, Emily Blunt, for their upcoming Disney movie, 'Jungle Cruise'.
The actor is said to be receiving $22 million to portray lead male character Frank, while Emily is getting paid $9 million to take on the role of leading lady Lily, a whopping $13 million dollar difference. The payment disparity also means that the Rock will take home double the salary as the 'Devil Wears Prada' actress.
"It’s very bittersweet to have something so uniquely special come to an end — but myself and my one and only virtuoso, Emily Blunt proudly say, that’s an official wrap of our epic Disney's #JungleCruise."— Jungle Cruise (@JungleCruise) September 14, 2018
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In August it was revealed by Forbes that Johnson earned $124 million in 2018, which was roughly more than double what he earned in 2017. It was also said that Johnson was at the no.5 position on the Celebrity 100 list of the world's highest-paid entertainers.
The former professional wrestler has won a Teen Choice Award, a Kids Choice Award, and numerous People's Choice Awards, and also has a number of accolades under his belt, like a Guinness World Record as the highest-paid actor in his first starring role of 'The Scorpion King' in the 2002 film.
On the other hand, Blunt is a Golden Globe, a Critics' Choice and a BAFTA award-winning actress, who has received multiple other prestigious nominations for her on-screen performances. Her resumé speaks for itself, with starring roles in 'The Devil Wears Prada', 'Into The Woods', 'Sicario', 'Edge of Tomorrow' and the latest horror film, 'A Quiet Place'.
The 'Mary Poppins' star is also on the 2019 shortlist for more awards and accolades, and she is also in the running for an Oscar for her lead performance in 'Mary Poppins Returns'. Her professional acting debut took place when she was just 18 years old, starring opposite Dame Judy Dench in the play 'The Royal Family'.
As per reports, 'Jungle Cruise' was originally due out on October 11, 2019, but Disney has pushed it back to July 24, 2020. The shocking gender pay gap between Johnson and Blunt comes after actor Mark Wahlberg became the center of a pay gap scandal last year.
According to another report, Johnson's pay package for the Disney movie is said to be the mirror image of what he's set to be paid to star in 2020 film 'Red Notice'. He is going to co-star with 'Wonder Woman' actress Gal Gadot in the film, but it is not clear whether her salary will match his.