The 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place on Jan. 30, 2016, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is what these Screen Actors Guild Award winners said backstage in the Screen Actors Guild Awards press room.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Michael, you mentioned Flint, Michigan, in your acceptance speech. Can you elaborate more on what a movie like “Spotlight” can do for the people in Flint?
Michael Keaton: So here’s the thing. I’m pretty sure in Flint, Michigan, that the local paper doesn’t have an investigative team … I stand corrected if someone can prove me wrong. That’s what’s going on in journalism right now.
Newspapers across the world are losing money. They don’t have the money to have an investigative team … and they’re cutting out a few other things. Had there been — and I think this is a strong argument— they might have been ahead of the whole Flint situation [with the water contamination]. We could talk on and on and on.
It always happens in poor neighborhoods with black, Hispanics or people of color. And as long there’s no one to represent not just them but the disenfranchised everywhere or people who are fighting unfair things — giant, big corporations or anyone — I mention it because there’s a zillion Flint, Michigans out there — maybe not a zillion, but a lot of them. Had there been a spotlight put on that, I would argue that they might have been a little bit ahead of the situation.
Mark, what do you think should happen to make a difference in the problem of Catholic priests molesting children?
Mark Ruffalo: Some stuff has been done, but there’s a lot more that can happen. Transparency is what SNAP and a lot of survivors’ groups are asking for. Many of the archdioceses that have had molestations in them still have not released the names of the priests who are known to be child molesters and rapists. Until that happens, like what Boston did, recently Seattle just released 77 names of priests, starting from 1926, of priests who are documented child molesters.
That’s one of the major things that they’re asking for. It would nice to see Cardinal Law in a prison cell instead of a palace in the Vatican. I think what these people want is for their stories to be told in the broad light of day, the beautiful light of day. And how you do that is creating transparency, and the Church is not known for being transparent. So that’s a good place to start.
How did these stories about child abuse affect you? And do think Hollywood is doing enough to address this problem?
John Slattery: I grew up in an Irish-Catholic community in Boston. And to have grown up in that community, and then to be able to be a part of the telling of this story and the way these journalists went about telling this story and exposing the abuses of the archdioceses in Boston and the Catholic Church is very rewarding, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s important that I come from Boston. As actors, it’s very important to be part of a story like this that gives voice to the survivors. And our performances tell the story of the integrity and the doggedness of these journalists who told this story as thoroughly as they did.
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