Sacha Baron Cohen: Highest paid British thespian in the U.S.
Soon after it was declared that Carey Mulligan is U.K.’s highest paid actress in Hollywood for her turn in the U.S. remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Sacha Baron Cohen is the country’s best paid export.
For his next film, Paramount Pictures’ “The Goat Herder,” Baron Cohen could potentially get paid upward of $45.8 million, that is if it banks “Borat” domestic money — $128.5 million.
Apparently, Paramount believes Baron Cohen has a second life after “Bruno” which deep-sixed at the U.S. with $60.1 million.
Here’s how it breaks down: Baron Cohen will receive a base pay of $20 million, plus 20% of the first box office gross according to The Daily Mail.
“Goat Herder” follows a deposed tyrant and a goat herder in a case of mistaken identities.
The film is budgeted at close to $70 million.
(Already the film smells like the 1988 $11 million box office stinker “Moon Over Parador” in which Richard Dreyfuss, as an out-of-work actor, resumes the post of a third world dictator, of whom he looks like).
Baron Cohen’s paycheck comes at an odd-time for Hollywood which has been strapped for cash: Many studios have curbed their spending on top dollar talent as franchise films with fresh face actors have shown a better box office track record than those titles top-loaded with stars.
Prior to Baron Cohen, “Harry Potter” leading man Daniel Radcliffe was the previous top earner stateside for Great Britan, taking home $38 million for the two-part installment “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”