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Rhames Demanding a Ridiculous Paycheck for 'M:I 4'?

If I'm supposed to make $7.7 million dollars and they're offering me $3 million, I don't know if that's going to work. I did the last one for more than $3 million, there's no misunderstanding - it's $7.7 million or no!”  

That there's a prop cigar. You ain't so fancy.

That’s actor Ving Rhames talking about his ongoing negotiations to return for a fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible series.  He’s the only actor besides Tom Cruise to appear in all three previous installments, so the production team is eager to sign him on for number four.  Problem is, Rhames seems to think he’s got a bigger pay day coming to him than the studio’s willing to offer. 

We can’t take his quote out of context, though: he’s not necessarily asking for $7.7 million, and they’re not only offering him $3 million; it seems like a hypothetical situation.  But he does sound like he’s a bit big for his britches on this one.  It’s been a long time since Pulp Fiction, mister.  And though Rhames is always fun to watch, his blip on the Hollywood radar screen has been unfortunately fading for quite a while.  

So what if he actually does want almost $8 million dollars to return to the franchise?  That’s more than Shia LaBeouf made for the latest Transformers movie, and getting up into Robert Downey Jr. and Iron Man 2 territory.  And I’m sorry, Mr. Rhames, but you are neither one of those gentlemen. 

If anything, this news is just a humorous, if sad look at what goes on between actor and studio in order for a film to get made.  I liked Rhames in the other Mission: Impossible movies, don’t get me wrong, but hearing him talk so openly about the money game is just depressing.  Sigh. There’s worse things to worry about, nowadays, I guess.  Like how many times we’re going to have to watch Tom Cruise beg us to see this movie once the marketing campaign starts. Thankfully, Oprah’s going off the air. 

Reader Comments (6)

He could just be "bidding high" to see if they'll go a little more north of 3.3 mil - or whatever they want to pay. Maybe Cruise likes him - maybe they go to church together. SOMETHING gives him the confidence to want to push it a little bit. But in the end, if he needs the cigar money, he'll take the gig and whatever it is they're payin'.

Thursday, December 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJ.Bradley

I really don't feel that Rhames or even Tom Cruise are worth any money. Especially Cruise, I am tired of seeing him with his shirt off so his 30 - something wife can go on television an brag about it. I am also tired of hearing about how he does his own stunts and they take pictures to prove it. Big Deal. Hugh Jackman, Robert Downey Jr. . Ryan Reynolds, etc do their own stunts. Cruise's whole life is very sad. He does everything for PR purposes. You are right - "Thank God" Oprah is going off the air, but we will have to hear him whine and beg on everything else though. Now, we get to hear Rhames whine about how he needs more money? The studio should have just let Jeremy Renner do the movie. He doesn't need Cruise to help pull in an audience. Renner can do it on his own. Cruise will just chase the people away.

Friday, December 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

This was a fine article until you felt the need to be rude at the end. Was there anything in that remark that related to the subject of your article? Just asking, because if there was, I couldn't find it. And Anna, there's a reason why Shia LeBeuf was placed in Wall Street 2 w/ Michael Douglas and Indiana Jones w/ Harrison Ford. Believe it or not, studio heads have SOME intelligence. If they honestly believed this edition of Mission Impossible could make money without Tom Cruise, they would have done it. Maybe the next one will, but they're not going to risk it on his M:I debut. Also, there is a need to show actors, whether they be Cruise, Jackman, or Reynolds, doing their own stunts. In an age of CGI where computers can do almost anything, it's good to show actors doing dangerous work and being credited for it. For that matter, how did you know those other actors did their own stunts? I'm assuming the same way you know Cruise does his own stunts. As a matter of fact, the only news I've heard about Jackman in the last month is that he hurt himself "doing a stunt" on the Oprah show of all places.

Friday, December 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT

T, I wasn't trying to be rude. It's common knowledge that Cruise performed some pretty ridiculous antics on Oprah back in the day, and I wouldn't like to see a repeat of that. It was a joke. Though I'm glad you enjoyed it up until I clearly failed to be clever at the end, for you.

thanks for the feedback!

Friday, December 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCristen Brinkerhoff

I don't care about what Cruise does. I just want to watch movies. And this guys makes fine damn films everytime!

Thursday, December 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbella

rude. It's common knowledge that Cruise performed some pretty ridiculous antics on Oprah back in the day, and I wouldn't like to see a repeat of that. It was a joke. Though I'm glad you enjoyed it up until

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterUGG France

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