I haven't heard too much about Joss Whedon's Avengers 2 salary - the press has mainly been focused on Robert Downey Jr's pretty gross grab for more than $70 million to return as Iron Man. (I'm not siding with Marvel here, either - I just think they're all gross.)
Whedon recently said, regarding cast negotiations, "Marvel can be very cheap, God knows. They can also be sensible and frugal. They have a very small infrastructure and they’re not heaping this money on themselves. I don’t know a producer who’s done more and is paid less than Kevin Feige." And there have been reports that Whedon's making a cool $100 million in his role as the godfather of the Marvel movie universe, which certainly doesn't sound cheap.
I haven't been paying too much attention to any of this, because I find multi-million dollar payday negotiations boring and a bit gauche, mostly because I'm broke and jealous. But I did pay attention when Whedon went on his fansite Whedonesque yesterday to leave a typically charming and self-deprecating missive:
I was going to let it slide, but I've got this sour taste in my mouth. (Mmmm, lemonade!). Some facts are not facts. I'm not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I'm not getting $100 mil on Avengers 2. If I were, I would come on this site and laugh and laugh and laugh. I'm not making Downey money. I'm making A LOT, which is exciting. I'm not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts. A few other things about me that have been "reported" that people should take with a grain of salt:That I throw wild Hollywood parties where everyone is naked and dancing and wild and I remember to serve enough snacks.
That I can get a movie greenlit by sighing and staring into the middle distance.That I ate a unicorn and made it winter for three years.
That I "can write."Well, that's a load off. Sorry to get so personal -- the whole thing's a bit tawdry. But honestly, it bugged me. I'm off for a nice juicy steak. There's a place downtown that does it with rosemary butter, it tastes just like unico -- like a steak.
"I'm not making Downey money" seems like a bit of innocuous snark that I totally can get behind. Man, this guy is so good at dealing with the public. Every celebrity on the planet should take note.