A guy at my school once ate some dirt for about £1.50 and I thought it was quite a lot of money, back then, for eating some dirt - nice little pay-packet, there. But that deposit was nothing compared to the heinous amount of dough that the cast of Stranger Things are bagging for series three - I am sick to the bones, in fact, my skin has turned a pallid green and I require emergency attention.
Pretty much all of the cast have had one of those big ‘negotiation’ things you hear so much about, and some have ended up increasing their salaries 12 times. If you will, please place your hand over your mouth and make sure you are sitting down for this - here are the payslips the cast will be expecting, per episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter:
“Winona Ryder (Joyce) and David Harbour (Jim Hopper) make up the “A tier” and are making up to $350,000 an episode.
“The “B tier” consists of the young stars — Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas) and Noah Schnapp (Will) — who are each collecting $250,000 per episode.
“Meanwhile, the actors in the “C tier” — onscreen teenagers Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan) and Joe Keery (Steve) — are each pocketing roughly $150,000 an episode.
“What remains a mystery is where the show’s 14-year-old breakout, Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), landed among those tiers, as her camp has been tight-lipped throughout the dealmaking process.
“What is known, however, is that Brown, as The Hollywood Reporter reported last year, separated herself from the rest of the cast during the renegotiation, and is at least making the $250,000 that the other younger actors are earning.
“But some sources suggest Brown may be getting even more, possibly the $350,000 per episode that Ryder and Harbour are making. Others balk at the idea of Brown earning as much Ryder, an Oscar-nominated actress who has been working for three decades, and say the young starlet is instead in her own tier of $300,000 in between the adults and the other kids.”
Haha! HA! That’s a lot of money, isn’t it, for these small children to earn! These kids, who are much younger than me! Ha ha! I’m pleased for them!
The third season starts filming in April, so you’ll be able to see if those depressing payouts were worth it relatively soon. In the meantime, I’m off to the shop - you need anything? Like a lottery ticket?