Speed 2 having a shitty script helped him make that decision.
Charlize Theron probably helped as well.
There is a great podcast “HOW DID THIS GET MADE? “ that has an episode on it. I recommend it.
Pacino later found out and donated the amount of the cut to charity
Good decision. Absolute cracker of a film!
It really is fantastic, and damn near timeless, I really liked how they sort of mixed the genres of a legal story with a kind of Sci fi/horror plot. The execution was perfect, too.
Al Pacino is a natural as Satan.
That movie would not have worked without either of them too
I always did like this guy. I never hear anything bad about this guy. He seems like he acts because he enjoys it, and though he has more money than many, he doesn't flaunt it, and more than that, he regularly give to charity. A good dude, through and through.
We don't deserve Keanu, time and again he shows us what being a decent human being is about..
Begs the question, why do celebrities demand such disgusting pay for their parts?
If I was approached and told I'd get a few million to spend a few months of my life on a movie set, how could I ask for more?
It seems like such an incredible opportunity that they undermine with greed.
I would actually say it would be for the same reason we as regular people should demand pay raises. Because we don't want to be undercut on our "worth". My sibling has a higher degree than me (more useful too, if we are honest) and he naturally makes higher base salaries that me. Him denying a 70k paying job seems crazy to me, I'd snap it up immediately. But he knows he can get six figures somewhere else. And that's the key here. That he can get higher elsewhere.
A director chooses a cast often based on "how much money can this project make?". And guess what? Recognizable or good actors get more media coverage, fans are more likely to watch a movie with a favorite actor in it, and you get more revenue for the project. Often, projects go like this: one or two big name actor/actresses pull up the popularity of the project, then the less popular players in the movie have a chance to prove themselves to a larger audience and become the next "big" players and can ask for more. Higher pay in the non Hollywood world is also awarded to those who have proven themselves or have more experience in a field. It's kind of what is fair.
A good example of this is the Futurama reboot. Though the voice cast and director have worked together over the years on other shows (disenchantment for example) so there seems to be no bad blood among cast, the network didn't offer enough for John DiMaggio (bender) to do a reboot. He said he won't be part of the project as he felt he was being undervalued and he even rallied to Disney that the whole cast should be given a raise for rebooting. So why was this something he brought up now rather than with their new series disenchantment? Well, Futurama had a pretty dedicated fan base of old fans, chances that most of those even casual fans would just watch for nostalgia is high especially with meme culture snapping up Futurama images, a new, young fan base is pretty much expected too. This project is expected to make the studio MORE money. Why would the studio take that and not the cast?
Well, if the movie they make does make a ton of money, I think it's only fair that the actors get a big share of that money, especially since they kinda 'carry' the movie and, for some, just their presence can be the reason a movie is financially successful.
But let's be real, greed and ego also plays a huge part for some actors. Especially ego. Some actors, straight up won't do a movie if they have to lose a fight.
I mean, it's not really just about greed...
If you have an opportunity to do the exact same thing as you're doing now, but get paid more for it, would you not take it??
In a job like acting, where there isn't really a "set salary", you're only getting paid for what you're worth.
Then, wouldn't you want to sell yourself so you can hopefully increase your own worth?
So, why would someone famous like Al Pacino, who's "made it" in Hollywood, sell himself short when he knows how much he's worth?
Also, if he were to take a cheap roll for whatever reason, then when the next offer comes through it'll be hard for him to increase his worth again since he just took a cheap roll.