Stars' salary and spending secrets revealed

There’s really only one taboo subject in Hollywood: finances. People there are more likely to tell you who they’re sleeping with than what they earn, or what they spend, lest they tip their hand before the next negotiation. So I imagine it was harder for The Smoking Gun to compile its fascinating new trove of movie budget secrets than to expose James Frey.

Using as a case study the films of M. Night Shyamalan, TSG unveils pages and pages of juicy details about how much stars earn and what sort of expensive perks are written into their contracts. Example: on The Sixth Sense, Haley Joel Osment earned just $150,000, or one-third the amount budgeted for Bruce Willis’ private jet jaunts.

I see bread, people.

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  • brandonk

    It’s weird, cuz we all know that some actors earn $20-25 million per picture, but when you break it down and compare it to the total of the budget and the other actors’ paychecks, it seems pretty outrageous. Not to mention that the more an actor makes, the more extras he gets, which of course he/she could afford to pay due to the huge paycheck. The same goes for those goodie bags at awards shows. The rich and famous just get stuff thrown at them, don’t they? I know this sounds like sour grapes, but come on! In my life, I’ll probably never earn more than $100,000 per year, even accounting for inflation, and some people are making millions of dollars per month? For acting? Or playing sports? Or being a CEO? Crazy!
    Okay, I’m done ranting now…LOL

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