Male Hollywood stars must take pay cuts, says Salma Hayek at Cannes

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"It's an adjustment, we need to all start adjusting and work together", Hayek said.

Sofia Boutella, Salma Hayek and Patty Jenkins pose on the red carpet in protest at the screening of "Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)".

So hard, in fact, "otherwise they will kill the movie", Hayek quipped.

She said Weinstein harassed her on the movie, which she produced, demanding that she do a "gratuitous" nude scene with another actress.

Weinstein denied Hayek's accusations soon after they were published.

In an interview about Weinstein, she said, "He only responded to two women, two women of color". But while progress on the gender pay gap front will require more "aggressive" action, Hayek said, she argued that change had already arrived. "You feel it. It's a very palpable atmosphere", she added.

It will require not only fearless salary negotiation, but also, perhaps, some male actors' giving up a portion of their inflated salaries to be able to pay women salaries that are on par with theirs, she said.

The issue of equality has been a running theme throughout the Cannes film festival, which is the first to take place since sexual harassment allegations against some major Hollywood players surfaced past year.

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Also 51-year-old Salma Hayek put on a pale blue dress that accentuates her ample Breasts.

"When you start seeing people standing up for their rights and being heard, it becomes contagious", she said.

Hayek says that the Me Too movement can be empowering for men as well.

"Personally, as a woman that has been part of this community and has had to go through the struggles that all women have had to go through, it's an important step to see this happen", she said.

The number of women taking part is the same as the number of films directed by women to have been selected to feature at Cannes in its more than seven-decade history.

"Men have the opportunity to rethink what it means to be a man, and with this comes a lot of freedom".

Later on Sunday, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins will receive a special award from the initiative, which annually stages talks by leading women in Hollywood.

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