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#1 peter bartle

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 11:13 AM

What would be the average "day rate" for big name actors in mainstream Hollywood films? I'm talking people like Tom Cruise, Jim Carey, George Clooney, Mel Gibson, etc.

Also, what about the main stars in TV series like Lost, Prison Break, CSI, etc, would they be on similar day rates or much lower?...
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 11:25 AM

Hmmm... 30 million divided by 100 days of shooting... that comes down to Tom Cruise making $300,000 a day right? The biggest stars can make over 20-mil for a feature.

I thought I read somewhere that the cast of "Friends" were each getting paid a million dollars per episode by the time the series ended? Of course, that's not typical.

But even on a low-budget million-dollar indie, a semi-name actor may get $100,000 for a few weeks of work.

There is a huge disparity between the pay rates of an average SAG actor and a star, just as there is between the crew people and a star.
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#3 Matt Pacini

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 04:04 PM

My answer: TOO MUCH. And I'm even a die-hard capitalist!

I could see some of these guys making 20 mil per film, IF it were some sort of arrangement where they get 1 to 5 million, then the rest hinges on how well the film does.
I realize that it's based on what the perception of sales come from having an A-lister in your film, but a lot of top name actors films bomb miserably, and SOMEONE has to eat all that loss.

Some of the pay scales don't make any sense at all to me, like for instance, people like Darryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer & Linda Fiorentino get over a million a film.
Does anyone really think any of them is a draw anymore?
When is the last time you heard someone say "oh, I have to see that film, Linda Fiorentino is in it?"


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#4 Bob Hayes

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 04:16 PM

And 30 million is just the tip of the iceberg. Add the extra perks like fuel and crew costs for their private jets and limos. Their staff of personal trainers, assistants, body guards, nannies, and chefs. Don?t forget their exclusive living conditions. It takes a specialized accountant just to keep track of it. Then add the back end deals which can actually drain the profits for any blockbuster. Are they worth it? Probably. These folks are paid because they increase your chances of making money back on your investment. Because they do the publicity and the talk shows. Because if you sink 100 million into a film you need to cover your ass.
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#5 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 04:35 PM

And 30 million is just the tip of the iceberg. Add the extra perks like fuel and crew costs for their private jets and limos. Their staff of personal trainers, assistants, body guards, nannies, and chefs. Don?t forget their exclusive living conditions. It takes a specialized accountant just to keep track of it.

I saw the budget for The Village recently, and there was (if I remember correctly) $1.5 million set aside for "entourage fees". I couldn't believe they would spend THAT much of their budget just on the friends of actors and perks for actors. Also, a friend of mine told me that on the third Austin Powers movie, Mike Myers had $3 million of discretional money. Money he could spend on whatever he wanted while they were shooting. This was on top of his $20 or $25 million salary.
With that kind of salary and money at their disposal I don't think anyone is too concerned about what their "day rate" is.
For episodic TV, I know that for an actor that isn't a big name previous to the series, $50,000.00 per episode as one of the leads on a network show is around average. They normally have a 3 or 4 year deal to start with and if the show runs longer they will re-negotiate. That works out to about $1.5 million per year. Of course, once they pay their agent, manager, attorney, taxes, etc., it is quite a bit less.
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#6 Greg Gross

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Posted 19 May 2006 - 04:36 PM

Has anybody seen Mission Impossible 3 yet?
Do you not think Tom Cruise is worth millions?
He gave a spectacular,great,magnificent,un-believable,super star performance.
A billion dollar deal at least!
You guessed it, I'm a Tom Cruise fan.
Does anybody know if his co-star was meant to look like Katie as she sure resembled her?
I thought Vic gave a great performance also,great fan of his.
I wish Tom would do another fighter jock film,buzz the tower a few times.

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#7 peter bartle

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Posted 23 May 2006 - 08:18 AM

Thanks to everyone for the info... I have a follow up question:

What is the usual budget allocation for the average mainstream hollywood feature? I mean, how much is allocated to the main actor, supporting actors, extras, crew, locations, travel, etc etc?.... What is the "average" total budget cost?...
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#8 Dajan Bozanic

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:01 PM

i was told by someone who did some hydraulics work on the set of the matrix that joel silver told him that the final budget for the film way exceeded what they claimed it was publicly.

why they would do this or if it is even true is beyond me.
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#9 Alexandre Lucena

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Posted 09 July 2006 - 08:37 AM

"Money is like manure, no good unless it is spread."

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My 0.2 cents

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#10 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 10 July 2006 - 04:16 AM

i was told by someone who did some hydraulics work on the set of the matrix that joel silver told him that the final budget for the film way exceeded what they claimed it was publicly.

why they would do this or if it is even true is beyond me.

They are working for a publicly traded company. These issues are very sensitive to the stockholders since they're talking about hundreds of millions of dollars. And you should never believe anything a producer says to you anyway.....so you never what the truth is.
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#11 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 02:25 PM

"Money is like manure, no good unless it is spread."

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My 0.2 cents

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---A fifth of a cent!?

& I thought I was cheap.

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#12 Alexandre Lucena

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 03:27 PM

Leo,

That has probably something to do with the current exchange rate of Brazil´s Real to the Euro.
Or should I raise my rates?

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#13 Leo Anthony Vale

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 03:43 PM

Leo,

That has probably something to do with the current exchange rate of Brazil´s Real to the Euro.
Or should I raise my rates?

Alexandre "tight fisted" Lucena


---Usually it's a whole 2.0 cents.
Way back when I lived in LA the parking meters would accept dos centavos coins as dimes.
The peso had just been devalued, that was the closest one could get to free parking in LA.

yours in Euroscope,

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#14 Patrick T King

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Posted 18 July 2006 - 05:30 PM

Perhaps less OT, how much do "big name" cinematographers get paid!
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#15 Trevor Greenfield

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 02:08 PM

Perhaps less OT, how much do "big name" cinematographers get paid!


Too Much! They ought to all be working for copy, meals, and credit!




























JUST KIDDING :D
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#16 Arni Heimir

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 04:41 PM

Sadly, high salaries for actors is a result of middle management in the movie companies. Studios need big stars to sell their product. Ironically, having Julia Roberts in a movie is becoming the same concept as having Harrison Ford selling Lancias. (Europeans will know what I am talking about). For these massive holding companies, a movie is a product. Not a statement.

I agree that every one of these stars are being overpaid. But nobody really owns the companies they are dealing with.

On the plus side, most stars piss their money away and are penniless before they know it. E.g. Marlon Brando.
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#17 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 05:10 PM

On the plus side, most stars piss their money away and are penniless before they know it. E.g. Marlon Brando.

I think some of them probably do piss it away, but even the one's who don't have big bills to pay. Before they even pay taxes many pay their agent 15%, their manager 10%, their attorney 10%, and then they pay 40% or more in taxes. And after all that they most likely pay a publicist and at least a few full time employees. What's really left? I'm not saying I feel sorry for them, but jeez....
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#18 Paul Bruening

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 05:13 PM

Hey guys,

Brad's right. These folks are really more like a corporate entity. Their overhead is murderous. However, I think I could squeek through life on 25% of 25 million per movie.

On the other hand, these folks are guaranteed sales. Star-power is the single most important determining factor on sales at every step of a movie's life span. I am the same way as a consumer. I trust Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, et al to screen scripts and production value and deliver a dependable movie product to me, a grumpy and critical movie consumer.

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#19 Hal Smith

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 06:08 PM

I trust Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, et al to screen scripts and production value and deliver a dependable movie product to me, a grumpy and critical movie consumer.

So what's Robin Williams' problem? He's made movies like "Good Will Hunting" and "Hook" and then turned around and made stinkers like "RV". Whoopy ain't the best judge of projects either.
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#20 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 02:52 AM

So what's Robin Williams' problem? He's made movies like "Good Will Hunting" and "Hook" and then turned around and made stinkers like "RV". Whoopy ain't the best judge of projects either.

They're essentailly just like us....they want to work and need to work. If I'm not getting offered my dream project I work on what's being offered to me. I think many actors are the same way. They work when they can on what they can. And also, sometimes these "stinkers" aren't stinkers because of the star. Movies can be ruined by directors, producers, or even the studio. Everybody has bills to pay....
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