New film deal set to make Borat star Britain's highest paid celebrity




 
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New film deal set to make Borat star Britain's highest paid celebrity
 
November 21st, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 

Topic: New film deal set to make Borat star Britain's highest paid celebrity


New film deal set to make Borat star Britain's highest paid celebrity
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Sacha Baron Cohen has become Britain's highest paid actor after securing himself a salary in excess of 16 million for his next film.
The wage is based on a one-off payment of around 7 million for the rights to his new movie Bruno, plus a hefty 'back-end' deal which will see Baron Cohen pocket 15 per cent of box office takings.
The new deal, with Universal Pictures, was thrashed out after Baron Cohen's latest film - Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan - proved box office gold, taking 60 million worldwide since its launch just two weeks ago.
For 35-year-old Baron Cohen to earn his 16 million from the new film Bruno, it will only have to take the same amount over its entire worldwide run over a number of months.
Universal successfully outbid DreamWorks, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros who were also said to have been clamouring to make the movie, inspired by the vast amount of publicity Borat received in the US before it even opened.
Commenting on the deal, analysts at Forbes - which compiles America's rich list - said: 'Cohen could easily take home north of 16 million, including his advance and backend.
'That puts him in the elite ranks of Hollywood's biggest comedians and a likely candidate for inclusion in the Forbes Celebrity 100.'
The wage is many millions more than seasoned British Oscar-winners such as Sean Connery, Antony Hopkins and Michael Caine have ever been paid for a single movie.
And it by far eclipses the earning power of the likes of Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe and Pirates of the Caribbean stars Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom who are all tied up in the two most profitable film franchises in recent years.
It also puts Baron Cohen in the highest echelons of America's top-earning movie stars.
Among America's top comic movie actors, only the likes of Jim Carrey (who earned 13 million for Bruce Almighty), Mike Myers (who earned 13 million plus 21 per cent of gross earnings for Austin Powers in Goldmember) and Eddie Murphy (who earned 11 million and a 20 per cent share of takings for Nutty Professor II) compare.
Bruno is Baron Cohen's latest creation. The outrageously camp character, who brands himself 'the voice of Austrian youth TV', first appeared on Borat's Television Programme in the UK and on the US version of Da Ali G Show.
On his section, called 'Funkyzeit mit Bruno' (Funkytime with Bruno), he duped fashionistas into making ridiculous and contradictory statements.
He duped one fashion designer into condemning the unfashionable to concentration camps and led a casting director into saying that Osama bin Laden was 'cool' and 'fashionable'.
He encourages his subjects to contradict themselves, and he once convinced a fashion boutique owner to wrongly claim Madonna was one of her clients after saying nobody could prove it either way.
Signing the deal completes a remarkable hat-trick for the British comedian, who lives in north London with fiancee, the actress Isla Fisher.
His career took off after he appeared eight years ago on Channel A's Eleven O'Clock Show. Before the Borat film, Baron Cohen made his cinema debut in 2002 with Ali G Indahouse.
Top earning British film stars/estimated per annum: 1. Sacha Baron Cohen 16+ million 2. Ewan McGregor 10m 3. Keira Knightley 10m 4. Orlando Bloom 8m 5. Sir Ian McKellen 8m 6. Hugh Grant 8m 7. Ralph Fiennes 7m 8. Catherine Zeta-Jones 6m 9. Daniel Radcliffe 6m 10. Sean Connery 6m 11. Anthony Hopkins 5m 12. Patrick Stewart 5m 13. Jude Law 4m 14. Kate Winslet 4m 15. Liam Neeson 4m 16. Kate Beckinsale 4m 17. Rachel Weisz 3m 18. Daniel Craig 2m 19. Dame Judi Dench 2m 20. Dame Helen Mirren 1.5m
November 21st, 2006  
Sevens
 
 
Oh geez. That's pathetic. He isn't even worth 1 million.
November 22nd, 2006  
therise21
 
i havent seen the movie yet, but does he remind anyone else of tom green?
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New film deal set to make Borat star Britain's highest paid celebrity
November 22nd, 2006  
Sevens
 
 
Yeah, but sadly I think Tom Green is slightly more intelligent.
November 24th, 2006  
jequirity
 
 
Tom Green isn't set to marry Isla Fisher
November 24th, 2006  
therise21
 
your right, he married drew barrymore.
 


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