Film Deals & Hollywood (Filmsy)
Celebrity gigs – which stars are contractually obligated to do- make being in the movies seem like it’s all about the art of movie making; these days, however, it’s all about the deal. The perfect example of this is the contract Arnold agreed to for Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines. The contract was put together by Jacob Bloom, Schwarzenegger’s lawyer. It took at least twenty- one drafts and ended up running thirty-three pages long. At the time, this contract set records for ways in which it benefitted the actor. Bloom made sure that Schwarzenegger would get $29,250,000 whether the movie was actually made or not. For every week shooting ran over schedule, he would get an additional $1.6 million. To top it off, there was a “perks package” – $1.5 million for things such as private jets, deluxe suites on locations, twenty- four hour limousine service, a fully equipped gym trailer and more. Schwarzenegger also had the right to decide who worked with him. He had his choice of director, principal cast, hairdresser, stand-in, personal chef, and others. Producers of T3, Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna, had little choice but to agree to Schwarzenegger’s terms. His image was indelibly linked to the fictional robot because of TV reruns of the Terminator 1 and Terminator 2, not to mention the video games based on the movies.