“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’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.