Kim Masters at The Daily Beast has a story on how movie studios are cutting movie star salaries and perks, and, unsurprisingly, Marvel Studios is used as an example:
You’re Scarlett Johansson. You’re pretty and you’re pretty famous, too. And you’ve just been offered the part of the Black Widow in Iron Man 2! That’s got to be some payday, right?
How about $250,000, which is what Marvel Studios offered Johansson and Mickey Rourke to be in the film?
The stars negotiated the number up to something over $400,000. Still, it’s not hard to imagine that even a year ago Johansson could have expected to break seven figures for a role in a big franchise film. It’s a pretty thrifty deal for such a recognizable name.
The article goes on beyond this with a quote from an actual Marvel exec:
Tim Connors, COO of Marvel Studios, doesn’t put it exactly that way. “We don’t like to be portrayed as being disrespectful to talent, notwithstanding the fact that we are very budget-conscious and can’t always meet an actor’s initial asking price,” he says. “We say, `We wouldn’t normally ask an actor at this level to do this but we’d be thrilled to have them.” (And if they say yes, they can not only buff up their images but also look forward to possible future roles in films featuring their characters.)
Hm. Is this the movie star equivalent of the common comics practice of historically lowballing creators because they would do ANYTHING to draw Spider-Bat?
“Vin, we know you always wanted to play Doctor Doom. This would be the chance of a lifetime. We can’t give you what Disney would pay for another babysitting movie, but think of how fulfilling it will be to play your favorite character.”
Comics really ARE taking over the world.
BTW, it really breaks our heart to hear that ScarJo (above) is making a measly $250k for playing The Black Widow. It’s barely enough to get a tax increase. Think about it.