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September 22, 2011

Monkey points

Just yesterday, I was explaining to my students you never take points on net profit (via AoSHQ).

... the actor who played Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi is saying that Lucasfilm still isn't paying residuals, claiming that the film is still not profitable:

“I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we’ve got nothing to send you. Now here we’re talking about one of the biggest releases of all time,” said [David] Prowse. “I don’t want to look like I’m bitching about it,” he said, “but on the other hand, if there’s a pot of gold somewhere that I ought to be having a share of, I would like to see it.”

If you adjust for inflation, Jedi is the 15th highest grossing films of all time.

Alec Guinness knew what to do. The original Star Wars production could not afford to hire him so, on a bit of a lark, he took the job anyway for 2% of gross.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 22, 2011 06:58 AM