Actor Matt Smith just debuted his new biopoc, Mapplethorpe, at Tribeca this week. Not sure any of you remember but I’ve really been looking forward to this film. Right now the reviews are mixed but I’m still hopeful.
While he was promoting Mapplethorpe, Matt was asked about the pay disparity issue that happened on The Crown. Matt, who had a decent career and most notably had served as the Eleventh Doctor on Dr. Who, was paid significantly more than the formerly-not-well-known Claire Foy for the series. But Claire played the queen in a mini-series specifically about The Crown. When the disparity was brought to light, the production company, Left Bank, issued an apology to both Claire and Matt and Netflix promised that going forward, “No one will be paid more than the queen.” People had lots of thoughts on all of this, including that Matt should donate his salary to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. Well, now we have Matt’s thoughts. He said that it was wrong but it’s all been put right. Huzzah! But has it?
Matt Smith is finally speaking out about the news that he was paid more than his The Crown counterpart Claire Foy.