It's a sad day in the state of entertainment when a no list actor makes more for the 5th installment of SyFy's Sharknado 5 than the star of Wonder Woman did for her box office record setting performance. Alarmist headline much? Yes, but it's not without a basis in reality.
Vox ran a report yesterday that Ian Ziering made a reported $500,000 for Sharknado 5, an astounding sum when you think about what project this was for. Sure, the reported budget for this 5th nightmare of social experiment was upwards of $3million, and when you start digging, it appears that Sharknado co-star Tara Reid only made a 1/4 of Ziering's fee for the same movie.
Production house Asylum managed to limit costs when it comes to Reid's paycheck. She protested the disparity during the filming of Sharknado 3, and Syfy later asked fans whether or not to kill off her character — but the network flatly denies that the two incidents are related. (Fans voted to let her live.) "I think Sharknado cares more about their 'extra of the day' than they do about their own cast," Reid says, clearly weary of the franchise. "You work at something for five years and you don't get treated as well as someone who shows up for a single day?"
This report is disheartening, especially when you think about the fact that Gal Gadot reportedly made a base salary of $300,000 for this year's blockbuster film Wonder Woman. This has been talked about at nasum- why such a low number for such a big return? The answer has been an unequivocal "stats", due to Gal's almost non existent big box office appearances leading up to her turn as Diana of Themyscira.
Deadline ran this report, with updated numbers although no set sources of where the sums came from, and also addressed the "But why did Henry Cavill get more for Man Of Steel?" question that keeps popping up with this subject.
There has also been no shortage of opinions on the schlocky pointless aquatic twister franchise, the first film resulting in a twitter storm of questioning praise from fans across the world, and has continued to be a summer highlight for the SyFy network. It's frightening to think the network has put so much behind such a bad, no good franchise, but it keeps getting them viewers.
2017's Sharknado 5: Global Swarming hits SyFy this Sunday, August 6th.