If you believe everything you read, it sounds like Avengers 2 is in jeopardy and half the cast could try and drop out due to pay-scale disputes. Heck, there’s even a rumor going around that director Joss Whedon stands to make $100 million by the time the big-budget sequel rolls around. So what does the man himself have to say about it all?
According to Whedon, who fired back at all these rumors via the Whedonesque fan site, reports of his epic payday have been grossly exaggerated. Plus there are also those buzzing reports that stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson could potentially walk out or face lawsuits over pay disputes.
It’s all a big mess, so Whedon has decided to clear the air as much as he can. Here’s his statement, which notes he is definitely not making $100 million from his overall Marvel deal:
“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.”
So, there you have it, straight from the man himself.
(Via Digital Spy)