In Defense of Bruce Willis. Why $4 Million For 'The Expendables 3' Is A Bargain.
Bruce Willis' movies have grossed well over $2 billion worldwide, so why are we getting on his back for an extra $1 million to film a cruddy action movie in Bulgaria?
Action movie fans were collectively outraged on Thursday morning (August 9, 2013) when a source revealed to the Hollywood Reporter the real reason that Bruce Willis left The Expendables 3.
As we already knew, Bruce and Sly Stallone appeared to have a falling out, resulting in Harrison Ford replacing the Die Hard star in the forthcoming action-movie. Sly's tweets about being "greedy" hinted at a dispute over money, though we had no idea of the extent of Willis' demands.
Now, a source close to the project reveals how the actor was offered $3 million for four days work shooting in Bulgaria, though said he would drop out of the movie if he didn't get $4 million. "A million dollars a day. Stallone and everybody else involved said no," said the insider.
Stallone moved quickly, dropped Bruce and reached out to Harrison Ford, who agreed to shoot in Europe for a couple of days. "I think [Willis] was pretty surprised he was replaced in 72 hours by Harrison Ford- a better actor, a much nicer person and a more interesting direction for the film," added the insider.
Willis - who has refused to comment on the story - has a history of big movie salaries, though more often than not, is worth the cash. According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, he was paid the rather princely sum of $25 million for Live Free or Die Hard in 2007 though the movie went on to gross $383.4 million and become the highest grossing movie in the Die Hard franchise. Isn't $25 million a bit of a bargain?
Before that, Willis was paid $14 million for the drama-horror The Sixth Sense. The movie became one of the biggest success stories of recent times, grossing a rather massive $672 million at the box-office.
Elsewhere, Willis snagged $20 million for the crime-thriller Unbreakable, which made over $250 million, and $20 million for Disney's The Kid, which made over $110 million.
At some point, Willis had to start asking questions about the gap between his payment and his movies' profits.
Should we go on? Why not.
Willis was reportedly paid $22.5 million for the World War II drama Hart's War with Colin Farrell. The movie only made back half of its $70 million budget, though it was just over $10 million more than the action star was paid.
Hey, how about terrorist movie The Siege, with Willis, Denzel Washington and Annette Bening? It was a great movie and made over $110 million, despite Bruce getting paid a rather paltry $5 million. Earlier, he had been paid just $800,000 for Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, which pulled in over $200 million.
So before sticking the boot in, remember: Bruce is a money maker. $4 million is a bargain. Oh, and we haven't even mentioned the early Die Hard flicks.
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