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I have seen what is wrong with filmmaking. It is called actors.
by K-Dog

I just don't get it. Where on earth did the concept of these people being worth so much money come from. Do you think that someone learning a few lines and acting in front of a camera is worth $20 million?

In the days of the studios, actors were contracted to act in whatever production the studio wanted them in, and the pay was handsome but not extravagant. But then something went wrong. Some bright spark must have put the idea in their heads that they should be paid a hell of a lot more. And so through strikes things turned around. These actors were seen as being hard up. And eventually the studios system collapsed and actors roamed free.

And they ended up as the main reason budgets are getting higher. Why? Say a film is budgeted at $10mil, then it gets Jim Carrey who pushes the budget to over $30mil. This is fucking insane. No one is worth $20mil for a making one film! The majority of the budget should go on the film.

Pay should be according to the type of role. One actor should never get more than a twentieth of the budget. It is horrendous to know the amounts they earn.

These actors say they are paid so much because they are the draw cards for the films they star in. Well sure they are, but how does that make them paid that much money? So what if their face makes the film well known? It is the sweat of the low paid crew on the film that make it work. Virtually all directors are paid little (bar a few), and they are the people who the pressure is on the most to make a good film.

And I don't know how Hollywood fell to these leeches demands. Any actor that has a price tag to act in a film of over $1mil deserved no respect as an artist. They are whores. These actors should realise they are no-where near the best despite being on the A list. Most of the best actors in the world are the character actors that outshine them in bit parts.

I wish people would see, no actor is a 'genius'. An actor is a visual liar, and if they were indeed the artists that they claim to be, then they would not be on the A-List. They would not demand that much money for something so menial.

All these actors that strike that demand more and more money should never be hired again. They are money-grabbing whores with bloated egos.

I say get rid of the multi-million dollar pay days and make every actors paycheque based on the type of role they play, based on how demanding that role is. And make sure no lead actors paycheque ever exceeds one million. If they demand more, filmmakers should boycott them.


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