Actors who’ve made money playing cops—and plenty who’ve made nothing—are donating to groups like Black Lives Matter and ActBlue in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last week.
It got started with a tweet from Griffin Newman, who wrote, “I’m an out-of-work actor who (improbably) played a detective on two episodes of Blue Bloods almost a decade ago. If you currently play a cop? If you make tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in residuals from playing a cop? I’ll let you do the math.”
Newman, best known for playing Arthur Everest on Amazon’s The Tick, then encouraged his followers to tag any other actors they thought fit the criteria. While Ice-T, Duane “The Rock” Johnson, Adam Sandberg, Mariska Hargitay, and Sophia Bush were all quickly tagged, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz was the first to step up, matching Newman’s $11,000 donation, which she gave to the National Bail Fund Network and ActBlue Charities.
Though Beatriz’s Nine-Nine co-star Andy Sandberg has not publicly responded to calls to get involved in the donation action, he’s been helping to gather more than 8 million signatures for the Justice for George Floyd petition.
People who’ve never been in the spotlight except for on school stages are also pitching in, like one man who played a cop in his high school’s production of Annie and another who played the chief of police in his alma mater’s The Pirates of Penzance.
Even unemployed actors are giving what they can. And since it’s never a party until Tromaville gets involved, Dan Chamberlain of The Slashening made a contribution that rivals the average Troma production budget.