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Studios Get Tough with Actors' Salaries

Posted: April 3rd, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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It was recently reported that Mickey Rourke was offered only $250,000 for appearing in the upcoming "Iron Man" sequel. Rourke rejected the offer, but then ended up taking the role for an undisclosed amount.

The Daily Beast is reporting that the amount is $400,000. And Rourke wasn't the only one that had to accept a lower salary for a chance to star in a big-budget film. The recently signed Scarlett Johansson also took $400,000 (upped from $250,000), even thought she would have expected to break seven figures in a film like this.

So how are studios able to hire actors like Johansson and Rourke for only $400,000? Easy. If the actor rejects the offer, they immediately move on to the next person on the list. "They're not f*cking around," said a talent representative. "They know exactly who that next person is. Sometimes they'll tell you."

And this doesn't apply only to Marvel films. Julia Roberts was just paid $20 million to star in "Duplicity," but is already seeing a small salary drop for "Eat, Pray, Love." "Why would anybody pay Julia Roberts $20 million to do Duplicity?" said one producer. "That won't happen again."

Source: The Daily Beast


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c-prime writes:
on April 3rd, 2009 at 7:23:30 PM

Julia Roberts getting $20 million to play a part is nothing new. That's been her consistent salary for quite a while (although her acting caliber is not even remotely close to being deserving of such a high fees).
RobertHolik writes:
on April 3rd, 2009 at 7:53:44 PM

c-prime, totally hear you man. Wow, Mickey Rourke deserves more money than Scarlett, come on!
Stringer Bell writes:
on April 3rd, 2009 at 8:04:17 PM

Serves them right, honestly. Actors, well, let's make that "movie stars", have been overpaid for far too long. Julia Roberts shouldn't get twenty million for anything. The woman has phoned in 90% of her performances. Actually, no one should make twenty million for anything unless they're curing f*cking cancer. It's sickening. I'm all for Mickey Rourke making some money, but let's face it, while $400,000 or even $250,000 might be a low sum of money for people like ScarJo, they're making in a few months work what the average movie-goer won't come near in two or three or even five years. If some of these so-called "actors" would learn to live like normal people a contract for $250,000 and residuals would be a f*cking honor.
greeney writes:
on April 3rd, 2009 at 8:22:03 PM

These people are so greedy. I'd kill to even be in a film for free!
RobertHolik writes:
on April 3rd, 2009 at 8:25:51 PM

Stringer Bell, so true. Actually, most people make more money off of residuals than the pay for the movie itself :) greeney, me too! :) And while they are greedy, you gotta give them props, because once they know that they can be paid much and actually GET what they want, now thats magic. You should give them props for that.
ddh1969 writes:
on April 3rd, 2009 at 8:38:19 PM

Much as the writers strike spawned a new line of reality shows look for even more animated fare in movie theaters in the near future...voice overs are a lot cheaper and animated features usually rake in a good chunk of change...it's pretty safe for studios.
synthetic1985 writes:
on April 3rd, 2009 at 9:44:38 PM

hmm...interesting...there's some we can believe...and some we can't...vin diesel rejected XXX 2 cuz he wasn't offered enough money but now i'm hearing he wants to do a 3rd...nothing too short of lame right there if that's true...besides...it's still sad to say that there are overpaid and underpaid actors...nobody in our life time will live to see that balanced
WAFFLE MAN writes:
on April 3rd, 2009 at 10:12:45 PM

I think $250,000 is just wrong you know how hard there job is? and who dos all the money go to the studios who just do all the talking is that how it is?
acslaterson writes:
on April 3rd, 2009 at 10:27:13 PM

Scarlett is signed for multiple pictures I believe(will probably be in a bodyguard type role with Sam Jackson).
dwightschrute writes:
on April 4th, 2009 at 6:53:03 AM

If I'ma pay an actor 20mil I'd make damn sure she eats sh*t or gets nude or something. Make it all worth every penny.
dub031 writes:
on April 4th, 2009 at 8:41:38 AM

think it totally depends on "star-power", I do think there are certain actors and stars (note the difference) that get ppl in to theaters...Will Smith (I am Legend...if u went to see it u gotta admit it was mainly because of Smith) Christian Bale right now...Tom Cruise (maybe not as much as 5 years ago)...because if a flick makes 100Ms of dollars and the cast is mostly responsible then they should get paid because if not some douchebag producer is gonna get all the cake who probably didnt even do sh*t...plus directors should get paid more if its really a Blockbuster...salaries should be adjusted though over time (J.Roberts might have been an audience-magnet back in the day but not anymore...it's just reality...if she makes another hit, give the money again but first she has to prove herself marketable...)
BondMcClane007 writes:
on April 4th, 2009 at 8:52:07 AM

im with waffle man... acting is nothing easy... and besides their high salaries are well deserved because none of em are guaranteed anything. If they f*ck up in the eyes of the public that could be it for them. And they sacrifice wat wud b normal when they make these movies so I think they are deserving. (granted 20mil is probably questionable; 400,000 is still unreasonable) I guess thats wat the depression will do.
BondMcClane007 writes:
on April 4th, 2009 at 8:52:56 AM

*recession is probably a better term
Ronsauce writes:
on April 4th, 2009 at 9:12:36 AM

Acting is certainly not easy, but neither is being a nurse..or a firefighter..or a mover...or any other number of jobs. $400k is too much considering what they do.
Space_Ghost11 writes:
on April 4th, 2009 at 10:20:12 AM

$400,000? okay yeah to them thats probably like finding $500 on the street to the common man or women but christ they arent hurting for cash on any level. They deserve to be knocked down a few pegs here and there from movie to movie it'll show 'em even though they are talented they arent above anyone else really in the end. Its like when they pay baseball players f*cking sh*tloads of cash because what? they can hit a ball a long distance. They give away to much money in some cases and its ridiculous!
Pepeman writes:
on April 4th, 2009 at 10:46:46 AM

20 million dollars for what? three months of acting and couple of months promoting? Sound pretty fair ;)
whoever writes:
on April 6th, 2009 at 2:21:46 AM

Hollywood should change to a "percentage of profit" model and that would extend to every person involved. If evey last person down to catering truck did not give 100% it effects everybody.

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