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Adam Driver criticises Netflix and Amazon over strikes

Ferrari actor Adam Driver has criticised Netflix and Amazon for their approach to the SAG-AFTRA actors' strike.

In attendance at the Venice Film Festival for the world premiere of his and director Michael Mann's Enzo Ferrari biopic, Driver criticised the pair of streamers.

"I'm very proud to be here to be a visual representation of a movie that's not part of the AMPTP [Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers] and to promote the SAG leadership directive, which is an effective tactic, which is the interim agreement," he said (via Variety).

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"The other objective is obviously to say, why is it that a smaller distribution company like Neon and STX International can meet the dream demands of what SAG is asking for — this is pre-negotiations — the dream version of SAG's wish list, but a big company like Netflix and Amazon can't?

"Every time people from SAG go and support a movie that has met the terms of the interim agreement, it just makes it more obvious that these people are willing to support the people that they collaborate with, and the others are not," Driver continued.

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Neither Netflix nor Amazon has responded to Driver's remarks at time of writing.

Driver is able to promote Ferrari at Venice under an interim agreement – SAG-AFTRA has authorised these in certain circumstances for distributors who aren't part of AMPTP, as long as they agree to terms the guild is seeking.

Otherwise, strike guidelines mean that SAG-AFTRA members can't promote projects produced by AMPTP members during the dispute.

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SAG-AFTRA isn't the only Hollywood organisation on the picket line right now, either, as the Writers' Guild of America (WGA) has been on strike since May.

Numerous film and TV projects have paused production during the strikes. It's the first time that both the actors' and writers' guilds have been on strike since 1960.

Ferrari is released in UK cinemas on December 26 and will arrive on Sky Cinema in 2024.

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