Saturday, January 28, 2012
Jeff Goldblum's salary
My little test for my brother back in the late 1990's was whether or not could you find Jeff Goldblum's salary for his various movies on the internet. Back then the internet had very limited answers for this question. How much can the internet tell you about something that is not public knowledge? While it is often public knowledge what top drawing actors are being paid for their movies, we usually not told what less publicized actors make (Movie and TV producers don't want their actors comparing salaries). A recent cursory check on the internet indicated that Jeff Goldblum got paid 1,000,000 dollars for his appearance in Independence Day, 500,000 per episode for Law and Order, but got paid 100,000 per pop for the 2007 show called Raines. There is still not a movie by movie comparison of his salaries. So the internet is getting closer to knowing everything, but it still can't tell you everything . That's probably a good thing.
I am not sure I care about Jeff Goldblum's salary, but I do find it fascinating to know how much actors get paid for their voice work on computer animated movies. For example, some of the principles in the Shrek movies are said to have received as much as 10 million dollars per film which is an obscene amount of money for a few days of voice work, and a week or two of promotion or rehearsal.