Arnold Schwarzenegger Was ‘More Than Happy’ to Give $1M to Strike Fund: “Have To Give Something Back”

Arnold Schwarzenegger was glad to help fellow actors in need during the present strike.

The actor from Terminator was one of numerous celebrities who gave $1 million apiece to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Emergency Financial Assistance Program in August in order to support the "journeymen actors facing tremendous economic hardship" during the strike.

Speaking to Town & Country magazine for its tenth annual Philanthropy Issue, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is 76 years old, said that it was a straightforward decision to support SAG-AFTRA.

"The moment you accept that you are not self-made, you come to the realization that you must give something back. It becomes ingrained in you when you realize how satisfying it is to truly help someone else," he added.

Recalling his time spent working with the Special Olympics in the 1970s, Schwarzenegger said he "found great joy in giving something back and helping other people." Over the years, he has committed to several charity activities as a result of this event.

"In America, I have amassed millions of dollars." I didn't hesitate to donate a million dollars to SAG in order to support the impoverished individuals who are currently experiencing hardship as a result of the strike," he remarked.

"I earned the money that I have because of America, so I'm more than happy to give some of it away for very important causes," the author of Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life said.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation lists Matt Damon, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, and more as additional well-known donors who gave $1 million each alongside Schwarzenegger.

"I remember my days as a waiter, cleaner, typist, and even my time on the unemployment line," Streep said in a statement at the time. I consider myself fortunate to be able to stand beside people who will have to fight Goliath for a long time in this strike action.

"Together, we shall resist these formidable corporations that are determined to eradicate humanity, human dignity, and humanity altogether from our line of work," she continued. "My fellow actors who volunteered to fund the Emergency Financial Assistance Program right away make me the proudest."

On July 14, SAG-AFTRA went on strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). They conducted more negotiations with the studios this week while the strike goes on, with artificial intelligence in filmmaking being a major sticking point.

Actors are prohibited from promoting or filming movies or TV series while on strike unless a temporary agreement is reached for the project.

The Writers Guild of America strike ended in late September after 148 days.

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