French Cinema Stars Get Financial Blow

cinemaFrance’s main cinema body has jumped into the heated debate over salaries paid to France’s biggest stars by cutting subsidies for films whose actors are paid too much, the French press is reporting.

The state-owned National Centre of Cinematography (CNC), which helps finance French productions, was set up to ensure homegrown films could compete with Hollywood blockbusters. But in recent years, it has come under pressure to crack down on French movie stars demanding unreasonably high salaries.

French media have singled out the likes of Gérard Depardieu, Vincent Cassel and Marion Cotillard for demanding up to €2 million a film for French productions that barely make an impact outside of the domestic market, while accepting a fraction of the pay for American films with global releases. In one case, Los Angeles-based actor and director Dany Boon picked up a whopping €6 million for his part in the comedy “Supercondriaque”, which did well in France but barely got a mention abroad.