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Elison R. Salazar
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Are you seriously actually arguing that the threat of a possible mutiny was never on a Captain's mind as a deterrence from shitty behavior "ever" because lol executions?

I mean sure, argue that if you want, it kinda just strengthens the labor union parallels since pinkertons were never able to stop trade unions from forming and achievement things like minimum wage and OHSA compliance, despite the use of violence.

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quote:
Originally posted by Elison R. Salazar:
Are you seriously actually arguing that the threat of a possible mutiny was never on a Captain's mind as a deterrence from shitty behavior "ever" because lol executions?

Um, no?
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quote:
Originally posted by theamazeeaz:
Just because the actor is a less interchangeable part of the film, doesn't mean they aren't overpaid.

A highly-paid cast doesn't insulate against a flop and a big star may help a film recoup its budget, but studios are still gambling. If the writers don't do a good job, if the promotors don't do a good job, the movie is finished. Can you argue that Harrison Ford was an integral part of Ender's Game making what little money it did?

I would also argue that paying actors so highly is seriously harmful to them and society.

Not sure whether you read my post about this issue, but I already more or less answered your question.

Ender's Game game is an epic-scale, SFX-heavy film, and it cost 110 million. Films need to be financed, before they are made. A name-actor like Ford helps to get financing. A no-name actor doesn't help to get financing. Of course Ford can't collect 110 million simply with his name, but he does help in collecting the overall sum.

The issue here isn't whether the film is a hit, or not. The issue is whether the film is even made, or not. You can't have a hit movie, if you don't even have a movie.

As far as actor salaries go, it's a question of supply and demand. There aren't really any "overpaid" actors, at least not in the long-term. The salaries quickly settle to the level where the actor gets the exact compensation he deserves, for getting the film financed in the first place, and for turning it into a bigger moneymaker than what it would have been otherwise.

[ January 13, 2014, 07:45 AM: Message edited by: Tuukka ]

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