Ryan Reynolds to use part of his own salary to hire BIPOC team members on upcoming film


Vancouver-born movie star Ryan Reynolds said it’s time to see more blacks, natives and people of color on sets and launched a new initiative to help make it happen.

Called the Group Effort Initiative, applications were opened online Thursday for people from marginalized communities to apply for a place on the team of an upcoming Netflix production. On the program’s website, Reynolds says he plans to dedicate a portion of his own salary to pay for 10-20 miscellaneous new hires.

“Making a film is a group effort, but for too long this group has systematically excluded blacks, aboriginals, people of color and many other marginalized communities. This is a global problem that will not be fixed overnight, but change can begin locally and immediately, ”Reynolds wrote.

The website crashed as people rushed to apply on Thursday morning, but now appears to be working as it should.

Watch Ryan Reynolds explain the Group Effort Initiative:

All successful applicants will have their travel, accommodation and compensation covered by Reynolds himself.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, be eligible to work in Canada, and available from November to March 2021.

BIPOC recruits will receive on-set training that can be turned into a job in the film industry, which the Deadpool star described in a video post posted as “a long overdue action”.

Reynolds’ program follows other recently announced diversity initiatives in the industry.

Earlier this month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduced sweeping Best Picture category eligibility reforms aimed at encouraging diversity and fair representation on and off screen, in taking into account gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability.

North of Hollywood, Telefilm Canada announced this summer a commitment of $ 100,000 per year for the creation of a Black Screen Office dedicated to broadening the reach of black stories on screen.

For more stories about the experiences of black Canadians – from anti-black racism to success stories within the black community – check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.



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