Leonardo DiCaprio pulled down this year’s Academy Award for Best Actor. Some thoughts here.
DiCaprio was up for Best Actor because of being mauled by a bear. And he wasn’t even actually mauled by the bear, which wasn’t even actually a bear, come to think of it. Good special effects. And DiCaprio’s pulling down $20 million for the gig, which let him do as many takes of those scenes as he needed for getting it right.
So here’s Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler — who was mauled in real life by one, two, three, four, five actual Bears in the Broncos’ Nov. 22 win over the Bears — didn’t get to do even one of those scenes over in a re-take, and he isn’t sure he’s going to get anything close to $20 million in his new Denver contract.
DiCaprio is part of the $20 Million Club along with Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr. and a few others who take away $20 million or more per film. Per film. One film. And that’s one film in which the performer gets as many do-overs as he or she or the director or whoever decides is needed.
Out of curiosity I popped in the tape of Super Bowl 50, Cam Newton fumbling and not falling on the football fast enough to suit critics.
I waited. No do-overs. Newton didn’t get another take.
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It was news when Harrison Ford broke a leg (no, really, not just “break a leg” in thespian parlance) in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Ford banked somewhere between $10 million and $20 million, depending on reports, from that film. When Joe Theismann breaks a leg on Monday Night Football, he gets an injury settlement.
Rants about the stratospheric pay for athletes is beyond cliché. Why isn’t that applied actors, putting DiCaprio, Damon and the rest on par with, say, Peyton Manning? That is really a bit insulting to Manning, who needed neck surgery bordering on life-altering because of what he’s endured from actual Lions. Meanwhile, Michael Douglas pocketed $15 million for playing a lion-killer in "The Ghost and the Darkness," playing a character that not only didn’t get savaged by lions in real life but didn’t even exist, period. But did anyone question whether he was worth $15 million?
None of this is intended as commentary on what the pay scale is for actors, quarterbacks, teachers, police officers, firefighters, sportswriters or anyone else. Just sayin’.