On 60 Minutes last night, they said that Liam Neeson was being paid $50 million for Taken 3, and he didn’t deny it.
I don’t get it. The Taken movies were OK for light escapist fluff, but IMO far inferior to an above-average episode of a good TV drama like Homeland or Justified.
Same with comedies. I’m having trouble thinking of movies by SNL alums that were half as funny as their best work on SNL. Yeah, I liked Bill Murray in Stripes, but it wasn’t as good as Il Returno de Hercules on SNL, which made me laugh so hard my sides hurt. Yet somebody like Adam Sandler gets $20 million for a 90 minute movie, while he probably got about 1% of that for a whole season of SNL. And those are actually funny people. How about the millions per movie made by Chevy Chase, let alone Pauly Shore?
A big name director who turns in an absolutely terrible 90 minute movie still gets paid more than a big name director of a great TV series will get for a season.
And of course, the TV shows are free, and the movies cost what, 15 bucks now? And the seats are uncomfortable, and if you have to use the bathroom you miss five minutes and there’s no rewind, and half the time the picture is too dark or the sound is too loud or out of sync, and the people next to you are on the phone, and the people next to them shoot them for being on the phone.
How do they keep this scam going? In the days before TV, when movies were all we had, most of the stars got paid amazingly low salaries. Now that there’s all kinds of free (and often better) competition, they get paid astronomical salaries.
How do they stay in business?