Jeremy Renner is taking a different stand on the Hollywood gender pay gap than his American Hustle co-star Bradley Cooper.
After Jennifer Lawrence’s powerful essay
about salary inequality -- which stemmed from the actress learning that she had been paid less than Renner and Cooper on the 2013 David O. Russell crime film -- Cooper pledged to do his part to close the pay gap, even telling Reuters the he would negotiate salaries with his female co-stars before committing to a movie.
Renner, however, is less committed.
"That’s not my job," the Avengers
star told Business Insider
at a press day for his "One Life/Live Them" campaign for Remy Martin Cognac. "I don’t know contracts and money and all that sort of stuff."
Renner went on to clarify that he supports equal pay for his female co-stars, but that he’s more focused on his performance in a film than his paycheck.
"I'm a performer and I know human behavior. When it comes to that sort of stuff I let other people deal with that," the 44-year-old added. "I do what I'm good at, that's what I focus on."
It’s worth noting that actors and actresses rarely negotiate contracts themselves, leaving the business end of deals to managers, reps, and lawyers. However, as Lawrence pointed out in her piece, even the highest paid actress in the world might not know that her male co-stars are asking for more.
"I didn’t want to seem 'difficult' or 'spoiled'," she wrote. "At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn’t worry about being 'difficult' or 'spoiled’. This is an element of my personality that I’ve been working against for years, and based on the statistics, I don’t think I’m the only woman with this issue."
This isn't the first time Renner has taken a different route than his co-stars on a feminist issue. Back when he was promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron
, the actor came under fire
for comments he made regarding Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow that were deemed sexist.
In the interview, Renner and co-star Chris Evans were asked about Black Widow being romantically linked with Bruce Banner instead of their superhero alter egos, to which he replied, "She’s a slut."
Renner issued a statement quickly thereafter, apologizing for his comment.
"I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone," Renner said at the time. "It was not meant to be serious in any way. Just poking fun during an exhausting and tedious press tour."