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Tom Cruise getting minimum wage for MI:4?

08.06.2010

When you think of Tom Cruise, you think of one of the last real A-list stars left in Hollywood. But the days of A-listers getting paid $25 million up-front are long over. In fact on his next film, Cruise won't be getting paid a fraction of his old salary. Instead he'll be making minimum wage.

In order to help get MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4 made, Cruise will be working for scale or the minimum payment allowed under the Screen Actors Guild. (Cruise's representatives deny he'll be working for scale and instead claim he's just taking a "substantially" reduced salary.)

So why would an actor who was once the top paid actor in Hollywood work for peanuts? Well, for one, it's to help get a movie like M:I4 made after KNIGHT & DAY proved a box-office disappointment. For another, he won't be making peanuts at all. He's traded in a lot of the up-front money in exchange for a backend deal. So if M:I4 turns out to be a financial success, Cruise could wind up making a pretty penny. (Jim Carrey took a similar deal on YES MAN and wound up bringing home approximately $30 million when all was said and done.)

Extra Tidbit: I don't know that I'd be interested in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4 at all if Brad Bird wasn't writing and directing.

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6:31AM on 08/09/2010
Loved the last MI film,personally thought it was the best of the 3. Lookin forward to the 4th. And good on ya Tom for takin a pay cut..shows how much he wants to make it. A good decent guy who gets to much shit from to many missrable assholes.
Loved the last MI film,personally thought it was the best of the 3. Lookin forward to the 4th. And good on ya Tom for takin a pay cut..shows how much he wants to make it. A good decent guy who gets to much shit from to many missrable assholes.
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11:59PM on 08/08/2010
I think this should be standard operating procedure for all Hollywood stars. You pay them a minimum wage and then negotiate a percentage backend deal. It may mean some actors will get way more money than they deserve (Avatar, Worthington & those Twilight "actors") but on the turkeys their pockets will feel it. Movies will start having decent budgets again (Spider-Man 4 would've cost $50m+ just on the leads and Raimi alone, nevermind the film)and maybe then stars will start picking projects
I think this should be standard operating procedure for all Hollywood stars. You pay them a minimum wage and then negotiate a percentage backend deal. It may mean some actors will get way more money than they deserve (Avatar, Worthington & those Twilight "actors") but on the turkeys their pockets will feel it. Movies will start having decent budgets again (Spider-Man 4 would've cost $50m+ just on the leads and Raimi alone, nevermind the film)and maybe then stars will start picking projects based on how good they actually are instead of making middle of the road stuff like Knight and Day.

The problem of course comes when the movie actually is good but the audience doesn't rock up.
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1:53AM on 08/08/2010

how do you know if...

you are a fan of an actor? something in my gut bothers me about tom cruise, yet i do like more of his movies than i hate. does this make him an amazing actor? i dont think so, just a damned entertaining one, that being said, i think that mi3 was the best in the series and maybe jj abrams should direct this one as well. as for this little bit of news...back end, front end...it doesn't matter, he will make buckets of cash any way, and i blame the bo 'failure' of Knight and Day on poor pr and
you are a fan of an actor? something in my gut bothers me about tom cruise, yet i do like more of his movies than i hate. does this make him an amazing actor? i dont think so, just a damned entertaining one, that being said, i think that mi3 was the best in the series and maybe jj abrams should direct this one as well. as for this little bit of news...back end, front end...it doesn't matter, he will make buckets of cash any way, and i blame the bo 'failure' of Knight and Day on poor pr and fucking diaz grinning like a monkey in all the trailers.
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9:29PM on 08/06/2010
The fact that Tom Cruise has the fuckin testicular fortitude to take a pay cut just to see this movie get made, proves how much of a great actor he is, and I hope this film turns out to be a BLAZING success.
The fact that Tom Cruise has the fuckin testicular fortitude to take a pay cut just to see this movie get made, proves how much of a great actor he is, and I hope this film turns out to be a BLAZING success.
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7:57PM on 08/06/2010

It's about time

It's about time a studio and an actor finally agree on a salary that isn't 60% of a movie's running production budget!
It's about time a studio and an actor finally agree on a salary that isn't 60% of a movie's running production budget!
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6:31PM on 08/06/2010
Keanu did something similar for the Matrix sequels and made a buttload of cash.
Keanu did something similar for the Matrix sequels and made a buttload of cash.
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5:09PM on 08/06/2010

Where's Xenu when you need him?

Scientology isn't helping Tom's cause anymore
Scientology isn't helping Tom's cause anymore
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4:08PM on 08/06/2010
I like Tom, but the prospect of another MI movie doesn't interest me. The first was beyond terrible, the second was just a John Woo movie with an MI tag, and part three was just barely watchable. I would have loved an MI movie that was a team film with an ensemble cast and not a vanity project for Cruise. I doubt I'll be seeing this if it comes to theaters any time soon.
I like Tom, but the prospect of another MI movie doesn't interest me. The first was beyond terrible, the second was just a John Woo movie with an MI tag, and part three was just barely watchable. I would have loved an MI movie that was a team film with an ensemble cast and not a vanity project for Cruise. I doubt I'll be seeing this if it comes to theaters any time soon.
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4:05PM on 08/06/2010

Tom is the Man

I believe in Tom. He is one of the best actors in Hollywood who has been consistently performing the best and his movies are always a breeze of fresh air. I can name atleast 15 TC movies on top of my head which are awesome and there wont be any doubt about it. I am quite looking forward to MI4. JJ producing, Bird directing and Tom back as Ethan Hunt - this all sounds good.
In famous words of the Barnacle - This is gonna be Legend ... wait for it ...
I believe in Tom. He is one of the best actors in Hollywood who has been consistently performing the best and his movies are always a breeze of fresh air. I can name atleast 15 TC movies on top of my head which are awesome and there wont be any doubt about it. I am quite looking forward to MI4. JJ producing, Bird directing and Tom back as Ethan Hunt - this all sounds good.
In famous words of the Barnacle - This is gonna be Legend ... wait for it ...
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4:05PM on 08/06/2010
Dary.
Dary.
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3:30PM on 08/06/2010
I think Tom misunderstood when they mentioned the "back end deal"
I think Tom misunderstood when they mentioned the "back end deal"
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2:53PM on 08/06/2010

Minimum Wage as an Actor

He is getting a pay cut to step in front of the camera, he is still the producer of the film (as he has been for all of the ones preceding). I think it is a cool thing to do, right up there with Arnold cutting a check to keep the truck chase in T3. When are people gonna stop harping on these people cause they are rich. They are trying to do something with there wealth. Industrialists, and tech giants make 8 times what Tom Cruise makes, and they don't do a damn thing.

Besides, the guy can
He is getting a pay cut to step in front of the camera, he is still the producer of the film (as he has been for all of the ones preceding). I think it is a cool thing to do, right up there with Arnold cutting a check to keep the truck chase in T3. When are people gonna stop harping on these people cause they are rich. They are trying to do something with there wealth. Industrialists, and tech giants make 8 times what Tom Cruise makes, and they don't do a damn thing.

Besides, the guy can afford to work for minimum wage, hell the guy can afford to never work again if he wanted to. But he wants to make a movie, so he is going to.

Thirdly, any idea what SAG minimum wage is? A brief search turned up $450-650/ eight hour day, usually with lunch and dinner provided by studio. Conservatively estimate that at 5 days a week for 12 weeks...$27K-39K for three months work. Not bad.
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2:30PM on 08/06/2010
I actually think he did something similar for "The Last Samurai."
I actually think he did something similar for "The Last Samurai."
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2:05PM on 08/06/2010
I was never a huge fan of the M:I movies but I would like to see Tom get back on track. He needs to re team with Paul Thomas Anderson and show everyone that he can still bring the drama. Seriously Magnolia was Tom Cruise's best role ever and I would love to see him do more drama like that just to prove all the haters wrong.
I was never a huge fan of the M:I movies but I would like to see Tom get back on track. He needs to re team with Paul Thomas Anderson and show everyone that he can still bring the drama. Seriously Magnolia was Tom Cruise's best role ever and I would love to see him do more drama like that just to prove all the haters wrong.
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1:37PM on 08/06/2010

Same Old Hollywood

Only the fans are the losers here! Little scaled Tommy will still get paid after he signs his contract which is filled with loopholes so he can get his money in one fashion or another! ALSO, is he producing this? If so, another train load of money!

LASTLY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY -- Can someone please take a view at the original series, please !!! IMP is about the team, not about one individual. MIP2 failed in that regard, part 3, somewhat brought back to reality. the first one is rocks!!
Only the fans are the losers here! Little scaled Tommy will still get paid after he signs his contract which is filled with loopholes so he can get his money in one fashion or another! ALSO, is he producing this? If so, another train load of money!

LASTLY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY -- Can someone please take a view at the original series, please !!! IMP is about the team, not about one individual. MIP2 failed in that regard, part 3, somewhat brought back to reality. the first one is rocks!!
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1:33PM on 08/06/2010
Cruise is a great actor and all the Mission Impossible movies have been great (number 2 being my favorite). This is a movie that will definitely be good and I really hope it does well, so Cruise can prove to people he can still bring it.
Cruise is a great actor and all the Mission Impossible movies have been great (number 2 being my favorite). This is a movie that will definitely be good and I really hope it does well, so Cruise can prove to people he can still bring it.
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1:55PM on 08/06/2010
Nice! Finally another person that agrees with me that Number 2 is the best one.
Nice! Finally another person that agrees with me that Number 2 is the best one.
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12:58PM on 08/06/2010
So he takes a pay cut and MI:4 turns out awesome. He'll get paid more if it does well.
So he takes a pay cut and MI:4 turns out awesome. He'll get paid more if it does well.
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12:03PM on 08/06/2010
Sounds like he just wants to try to get the best movie made because think about it if he reduces his paycut the more they could spend on the film overall. All 3 M:I movies were great although the second was bit too cheesy.
Sounds like he just wants to try to get the best movie made because think about it if he reduces his paycut the more they could spend on the film overall. All 3 M:I movies were great although the second was bit too cheesy.
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12:00PM on 08/06/2010

JJ+Tom+M:I = Rock Solid Entertainment

Personally, I will be seeing M:IV opening day for one reason: Tom Cruise.

While the tabloids and mainstream media continue to stoke the "Cruise is crazy" fires in hopes of manufacturing more drama and dollars to stuff into their sleazy, greedy pockets, I for one say enough already! What is TC really guilty of? Diarrhea of the mouth? Exuberance over landing a young, hot woman he fell for? Give me and the rest of America a break! Who among us hasn't ever stepped up to their soapbox
Personally, I will be seeing M:IV opening day for one reason: Tom Cruise.

While the tabloids and mainstream media continue to stoke the "Cruise is crazy" fires in hopes of manufacturing more drama and dollars to stuff into their sleazy, greedy pockets, I for one say enough already! What is TC really guilty of? Diarrhea of the mouth? Exuberance over landing a young, hot woman he fell for? Give me and the rest of America a break! Who among us hasn't ever stepped up to their soapbox regardless of the true facts, or spoken out of turn? So, TC has some goofy views. In my book that makes him human, not crazy, and certainly not box-office poison.

Wake up, H-Town! Tom Cruise is still one of the best and most talented actors we have today. The whole "Knight & Day under-performance due to TC's supposed unpopularity" is ridiculous. K&D did pretty damn well for a non-sequel film which had a mediocre script at best. The talent was fine. In fact the studio probably brought in as much money as they BECAUSE of Tom Cruise.

Keep making'em Tom, and I'll keep showing up!
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4:06PM on 08/06/2010
Totally agree with you man.
Totally agree with you man.
11:40AM on 08/06/2010

Well Thanks Tom

I feel so much better knowing we're both working for that scale paycheck! Hopefully now we can BOTH pay rent!
I feel so much better knowing we're both working for that scale paycheck! Hopefully now we can BOTH pay rent!
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10:20AM on 08/06/2010
Knight & Day was a fine movie. M:I-3 was excellent so I'm looking forward to the fourth installment.
Knight & Day was a fine movie. M:I-3 was excellent so I'm looking forward to the fourth installment.
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10:13AM on 08/06/2010

Love Tom!

I think MI:4 will be a big hit with such talent behind it and I hope Tom makes the studio execs pay up big time.

Tom was NOT the reason that KNIGHT & DAY failed financially......



*whisper* Horrible marketing, an Adam Sandler flick to attract the dumb teenagers and Cameron Diaz *whisper*
I think MI:4 will be a big hit with such talent behind it and I hope Tom makes the studio execs pay up big time.

Tom was NOT the reason that KNIGHT & DAY failed financially......



*whisper* Horrible marketing, an Adam Sandler flick to attract the dumb teenagers and Cameron Diaz *whisper*
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