Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Yes, yes, I know all of you love Johnny Depp and would like nothing more than to keep him prisoner in your house until, well forever. Well, you may not be able to have Johnny because he is going to be picking up a guaranteed $64M for filming the next installment of Pirates. That eclipses Tom Hanks who had the previous record of $58M. Chump change. The amount for Depp does not include any other points he gets from the success of the film. While I certainly cannot argue that he deserves the money, there are some things worth noting.
Because he is getting paid so much money, there will be no Orlando Bloom and no Keira Knightley in the film. The studio simply can't afford to pay them and pay Johnny Depp as well. See, now if I'm Johnny's agent I say f**k it, he deserves the money. If I'm Johnny though, I'm wondering if the movie tanks because there is no one in it but me for the most part, will I ever get this kind of money again? What Johnny should do is reduce that salary by about $10-15M and get the other two back in the film as well.
Sequels can be great. When sequels suck is when the entire cast has disappeared except for one or two people. It just isn't the same. There is not the same interaction or chemistry. Hello? Smokey And The Bandit 3. Hello? Apollo 14 - Dogs In Space. Johnny Depp is the key behind the films, but maybe a lot of that has to do with who he is playing off in his scenes. If the film just has him and a monkey is everyone going to enjoy that?