A two-day-old pay strike by more than 60,000 actors and actresses is alrealy costing movie studios millions of dollars a day, union officials claimed Tuesday. Production has stopped on big-budget films including "The Border," starring Jack Nicholson, "All Night Long," with Barbra Streisand, "Rich and Famous," starring Candice Bergen and Jacqueline Bisset.
The television industry had just begun filming shows for its fall season, and production of such hit series as "Dallas" and "Lou Grant" has stopped.
The strikers, members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, want 40 percent wage increases for members on minimum rates over the next three years. The unions, which are continuing negotiations with film producers, also want more pay for films made for the expanding pay-TV industry, for video cassettes, and for reruns of television shows.