Taraji P Henson Breaks Down Calculations Behind Her ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ Salary After Revealing His Co-Stars Have Made Millions
Actress Taraji P. Henson continues to talk about her paycheck from the 2008 film “The Curious Benjamin Button”.
Henson starred in the film alongside established Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. But when it comes to her payout, she pocketed a lot less money than her peers. Henson previously said she pocketed around $ 40,000 for her role in the film, despite her total check of $ 150,000. His co-stars, however, have pocketed millions.
While discussing the evolution of recognition and pay disparities in Hollywood on “The Real” last week, Henson, repeating a story she brought up in February, explained exactly why her pay was significantly lower than that. other members of the film’s cast. Referring to his $ 150,000 paycheck, the “Empire” star claimed that his six-figure check turned into a deposit of less than $ 50,000.
“When you start making that kind of money, Uncle Sam takes 50% of it, so let’s do the math,” she began on the Oct. 8 recording. “So that leaves me 75 [thousand], then I have to pay another thirty percent to my team who did all the work to get me that job. So I don’t pay them 30 percent of the 75 [thousand], no, no no, I pay them 30 percent of the 150 [thousand]. So what does this correspond to? Which implies that his net income for the project was only $ 30,000.
She continued, “OK, so let’s break it down like this: you have twelve months out of the year to make your money right. If you do a movie for five months, that takes you off the market for anything else or any other type of piece until you’re done with that show, ”she explained.
Henson, 51, went on to explain that when it comes to capitalizing on his talents, his money isn’t spent on lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous.
“Back then my son’s tuition, because he was in high school in Buckley, was $ 30,000. I chose my son’s education over fancy cars and all that stuff, and so literally for five months that’s what I did, his tuition, ”she said. . “Now what? I have to land on the sidewalk and I have to get another check, so that’s how it works.
Addressing fans and critics who may have perceived her as ungrateful or even greedy when it comes to her check for “The Curious Benjamin Button”, she said: “And I never expected to be paid like my counterparts, they worked to get their quotes, they deserve exactly what they get, but, however, i deserve a little more too.
Prior to playing alongside Pitt in the critically acclaimed film, Henson had several appearances on various television shows, as well as a notable role in the 2005 blockbuster “Hustle and Flow”. However, his big gain would not arrive until 2009.
In the past, Henson has publicly stated that Tyler Perry is the first studio manager in the industry to pay his worth. While chatting with “The Real” co-hosts Loni Love and Garvelle Beauvis, she revisited her asking price of $ 500,000 which Perry accepted without hesitation. At the time, she starred in “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” and “The Family That Preys” alongside Sanaa Lathan.
“That’s what I was asking,” she said. “I was not a greedy person. I understood the game, I know I can’t win as much as a certain person who’s been in the game longer than me, has proven himself at the box office. I’m still proving myself, but at the same time, I’m not going to put myself down or put myself down. I know I can at least get you $ 500,000 in ticket sales, if not more.
Henson fans appreciated how the actress broke down the cost of Hollywood glitz and glamor.
“Wow, that’s crazy. She’s so talented and humble. She deserves so much more.
“It’s called the BUSINESS show. I’m glad Taraji is paying attention to the business part and asking what she’s worth. She really deserves it.
“She sounded exactly like Left Eye when she explained why TLC wasn’t making money. It is truly heartbreaking. These talents deserve better!