As we all know, the demand for actors has grown over time, and new film fans now consider acting to be a viable career option. But today we’ll discuss whether or not actors are paid if a film flops.
Regular working actors, including most of the names and faces you recognize, get paid on schedule and in full well in advance of the film’s release date. Before it’s even been edited, and before anyone knows if it’ll be a hit or not. Producers must have these contracts fully paid with all cash in escrow before the company will allow the actors on set. Actor contract payment schedules are separate from any other aspect of the production. For most parts, individual actor compensation can range from the SAG minimum day rate to six, seven, or even eight-figure contract sums. When your per-film pay hits that level, though, there are a few more important things to consider.
You’re worth $20 million because your role in the film is expected to gross 10 to 20 times that much at the box office. As a result, A-list movie stars are often ready to give up a percentage of their guaranteed compensation in exchange for a stake in the production. The film’s long-term prosperity will pay them more in the long run than any remuneration they may receive upfront.