Ryan Reynolds has launched a self-financed diversity and inclusion program called The Group Effort Initiative.
As part of the program, Reynolds will use his own salary to pay and house about 10 to 20 trainees on his upcoming project. The recruits will be “black, indigenous, other people of color or who are from marginalized communities across the age spectrum, giving them real-life film experience,” THR reports.
The trainees will spend their days on set and learn from the best in an effort to lead them to a career in the film industry.
“I’ve had a front-row seat to the immense talent of so many artisans, storytellers and experts,” Ryan said in a statement. “Being a member of a film crew is a special experience — but that privilege hasn’t been extended to everyone. There’s a ton of untapped talent out there. This action is the right thing to do, but it’s worth noting that inclusivity will also make our industry stronger and more dynamic. We will tell better stories.”
Ryan‘s upcoming time-travel adventure film, to be directed by Shawn Levy, is expected to be the first feature to partner with The Group Effort Initiative.
Back in May, Ryan and his wife Blake Lively made a big donation to the NAACP to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
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