First off, you’ll have to excuse The Movie Mark’s one week break. I know all seven of my readers suffered conniption fits as you daily checked the site, longing for a new post. I also know that you struggled to sleep at night wondering if I had disappeared again. Welp, never fear. My wife and I were on a much needed vacation. I simply chose not to give y’all a heads up. There’s a couple of you who’d take it upon yourselves to camp out in my yard if you knew I was out of town so I figured I’d just bypass that risk.
OK, on to my thought of the day…
Regular man, Brad Pitt, recently commented on the sad state of actors’ salaries these days, stating that he believes the days of making more than $10 million per film are done. At least for now. “Yeah, that thing died,” the hand-to-mouth actor stated. Reflecting on the negative impact that the economic downturn has had on Hollywood, Mr. Pitt has no choice but to resolve himself to finding a way to make ends meet. How he’ll manage to do that – considering he only made $25 million last year – is anyone’s guess. But it’s comforting to know that he’s in the same boat as everybody else.
“You take the roles for the roles,” he said. “And you’ve just got to balance economics like everyone does.”
While I think it’s ridiculous for Pitt to pretend he faces the same struggles as the average working man, I actually can’t criticize him for his “You take the roles for the roles” comment. Looking at his resume, he actually hasn’t taken what would be considered ridiculously bad roles in the last few years. Some of the movies he’s been in have been dreadfully boring (COUGH – babel – COUGH), but he’s managed to avoid stooping to roles just to make payments on a 4th boat house.
Val Kilmer on the other hand… now there’s a guy who can truly speak on the effects of our economic downturn. When you’ve starred in not one, not two, but THREE straight-to-DVD movies with 50 Cent, well, it’s more than time for self-evaluation.
I think Val needs to stop using “I’m your huckleberry” as a response to every role he’s offered. Please, Val, just say no!