Joaquin Phoenix is in the industry for a long time now. He bagged his major big-screen role in the late 1980s. Since then, the actor has never looked back. While he has always been known for his brilliant acting skills, it’s no lie that he became a global sensation only post Joker’s success. But did he really got his due for his iconic performance? Read on.
Joker was a monumental success, both on the critical and commercial front. Apart from bagging a masterpiece tag, the film made $1.07 billion at the global box office, as per Box Office Mojo. Made at a cost of $55 million, the thriller yield some crazy profits for all those involved. Of course, Todd Phillips is due of credit for such a success, but no one can deny Joaquin’s part in Joker’s popularity.
On one side, where actors are getting paid $20 million-plus salary and plus wrapping a lucrative back end deal, we wonder why Joaquin Phoenix didn’t get a respectable amount. You must be guessing, why we are saying all this? Well, check Joaquin’s fees for Joker and you’ll realize it.
As per the report in Cinemablend, Joaquin Phoenix was paid just $4.5 million for his act. Also, there are no details on whether he had signed a back end deal for the film. With such a meagre amount, the actor was surprisingly amongst the lowest paid actors of 2019. Would you believe that?
Meanwhile, the least paid actor on the list is Jessica Chastain, who bagged $2.5 million for IT Chapter Two.