TV & FILM
bill-swift - December 23, 2015
If you have not seen The Force Awakens yet, stop reading right now. I'm about to spoil the hell out of it.
We good? Okay then. Let's talk cast member salaries.
On Monday, the Daily Mail reported that Harrison Ford was paid a handsome $25 million for his services in Star Wars 7. However, today Variety is reporting that he "only" made between $10 million and $20 million.
Ford deserves it, of course. He's a huge star, and this was Han Solo's grand farewell. But it turns out Ford made a hell of a lot more money than his co-stars. Relative newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega reportedly earned between $100k-$300k, while the more experienced Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac pulled in between $300k-$700k. Meanwhile, Carrie Fisher, Ford's on-screen baby mama, earned something in the "low-seven figure range"—so, at least a million.
But what the eff about Mark Hamill? That, to me, is the most interesting question. On the one hand, The Force Awakens just does not work without Luke Skywalker. On the other hand, Luke Skywalker only in one full scene, and he doesn't say a single word. His scenes could have been filmed in a day. They probably weren't. But they could have been.
So how much did Disney fork over for that one shot with no words? Yep, you guessed it. Something in that "low-seven figure range."
Being Luke Skywalker is damn good work if you can get it.
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