LOS ANGELES (WASHINGTON POST) – If there’s a lesson to remove from the primary two seasons of The Crown, it’s that no sane individual would dare cross Queen Elizabeth II.
Netflix appears to have realized this too late, nevertheless, because it was revealed on Tuesday (March 13) that lead actress Claire Foy made lower than co-star Matt Smith for her work on the present.
Variety reported that producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries have been requested throughout a dialogue on the INTV Conference in Jerusalem whether or not the actors enjoying Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, have been paid the identical quantity.
The pair admitted that Smith made extra as a result of his Doctor Who fame, insisting that the inequity could be amended sooner or later.
“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen,” Mackie stated.
Unfortunately for Foy, she will not be the one paid extra. The interval drama’s uncommon construction requires a wholly completely different set of actors each two seasons.
While Foy and Smith depicted the royal couple from the start of Queen Elizabeth’s reign till the mid-1960s, their characters have been recast for the third and fourth seasons.
Olivia Colman will play the queen when the collection resumes filming in July, whereas the brand new Philip has but to be introduced. Helena Bonham Carter will exchange Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, the queen’s rebellious youthful sister.
“Seasons 3 and 4 will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive,” Harries stated, per Variety. “I think we were the first television series ever to change cast and continue, and we will change cast twice. It’s daunting but exciting and I hope it’ll keep the series fresh and really of interest to people.”
In addition to the plain egregiousness of a collection lead making lower than a supporting actor, the revelation is especially stunning when contemplating important reception.
Foy acquired excessive reward for her portrayal of the restrained monarch, by which she nailed every little thing from the queen’s posh accent to her bodily poise.
She was nominated for an Emmy and received a Golden Globe for her efficiency within the first season, arguably putting her on the identical stage of fame as (if not greater than) Smith.
Yet she nonetheless acquired a smaller pay cheque than him for the second season, which earned her one other Golden Globe nod.
This is not the primary time a lady has been paid lower than a lower-billed actor.
After Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct, All the Money In The World director Ridley Scott changed him with Christopher Plummer and known as the remainder of the forged again to reshoot pivotal scenes.
Michelle Williams, billed because the movie’s lead actress, earned a fraction of what co-star Mark Wahlberg did for reshoots.
USA Today reported that Williams earned simply US$80 a day, including as much as lower than US$1,000, whereas Wahlberg was paid US$1.5 million whole. Both actors have been represented by the identical company.