Fran Drescher is runnign for president of SAG-AFTRA, and Tom Hanks and a lengthy list of other industry giants are endorsing her according a voter guide mailed to members.
The Nanny star is running to succeed Gabrielle Carteris—who is not seeking reelection—as leader of the 160,000-strong actors’ union on the current ruling parties’ Unite For Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide slates, and a recently mailed USAN voter guide features a glowing Hanks endorsement of Drescher and her running mate, Star Trek: Discovery’s Anthony Rapp, who’s up for secretary-treasurer, Deadline reports.
“The future of SAG-AFTRA is streaming,” Hanks states. “Members deserve stronger contracts, more residuals, better protections and ending unfair exclusivity. I’m supporting USAN Leadership, Fran, Anthony and their entire team. Your vote matters.”
Running against the Drescher-Rapp ticket on the MembershipFirst slate are Stranger Things and Full Metal Jacket leading man Matthew Modine and Hollywood royal Joely Fisher, who have substantial big-name support in their own right, including Whoopi Goldberg, Matt Dillon, Mia Farrow, Liam Neeson, Diane Keaton, Mark Hamill, Nick Nolte, and George Takei.
Former SAG presidents Melissa Gilbert, Richard Masur, and Barry Gordon are Team Drescher, although two of Drescher’s former The Nanny co-stars, Charles Shaughnessy and Madeline Zima, are Team Modine.
Modine, who lost a contested election against Carteris in 2019, said last week that union members “cannot survive” another two years under the current leadership, which he accuses of running a “misleading propaganda campaign.”
Running as an outsider, Modine said one of his main goals is to provide health insurance to more members and that, if elected, he will fight for “safer conditions in all of our working environments, aggressively enforcing our contracts, rehabilitating our health and pension plans, protecting our residuals, and a more vigorous pursuit of fair, living wages.”
Votes will be counted on September 2.
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