Jeremy Piven’s Large Paycheck Is Holding Back ‘Entourage’ Movie
Recently, the dilemma surrounding the production of the “Entourage” movie sparked some attention when Adrien Grenier voiced his take on Instagram after a snappy comment made by producer Mark Wahlberg.
Wahlberg told paparazzi that the film would begin starting after the “guys stop being so greedy.” To which Greenier took to Instagram to say:
And now, word has been spreading that the person holding up production is Jeremy Piven (who has already been signed on to the movie since August) and his extended paycheck. THR has reported that Piven’s promise of backend compensation has stirred controversy amongst the cast, who clearly believe that everyone should get equal pay. However, sources say that Piven has been receiving higher paychecks throughout the entire eight-season run, with a contract that started with $100,000 per episode with for the first two years.
— Jeremy Piven (@jeremypiven) October 23, 2013
In order for the movie to actually happen, production has to begin no later than January 2014 in order for the film to qualify for California tax credit. If the film doesn’t begin rolling in conjunction with this deadline, the entire film could be called off.
Piven referred to the situation vaguely on his Twitter account, seemingly unhappy with the perception that he’s the one who’s holding up production.
— Jeremy Piven (@jeremypiven) October 24, 2013
The easy solution seems to be to just pay the rest of the cast equally and get the ball rolling. But because Wahlberg only has a $30 million budget, he’s limited to what he can siphon off for talent.
It isn’t crazy that Piven has been receiving higher pay or that the rest of the cast are demanding equal pay, and sticking together in doing so. It would be nice to see Piven and the rest of the boys get an equal share. Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer of “Friends” reportedly took pay cuts in the series so that all members of the cast could be on equal footing. Them standing together earned them $1 million each per episode. Recently, the cast of “Big Bang Theory” also took a similar approach, getting together to ask Warner Brothers for a pay increase of $500,000 per episode each.
Kim Cattrell, who played Samantha Jones in the popular TV series “Sex and the City,” also held out for higher pay, and reaped the benefits of her persistence when the film grossed more than $415 million.
Sticking to your guns seems to be what works out, especially when you know something can’t be done without you.
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