I sat down for breatfast yesterday with hot film/tv star on the rise, comic Bryan Callen.
We talked about what we’re both up to. Bryan has about 12 projects he’s working on. He’s the star of the new MTV series DEATH VALLEY and a regular on IN PLAIN SIGHT.
In the 1990’s that would have meant seven figures a year for sure. Today, it’s like, "Hope it gets more seasons."
Don’t get me wrong, Bryan is making some nice money. But getting to where Bryan is can take years and several other starring or nearly starring roles. Hangover 1 and 2, which features Callen in the first, and co stars him in the second, are good examples of just how hard it is today.
Hey, the two films will gross well over one billion bucks. That’s great money sure. Ten or 20 years ago the three lead characters might have been paid more than double the $5 million they each got for each Hangover.
I’m not crying for them – they have back ends coming on the Hangovers and other films – but one false career move and it’s back to, "Now, what was he in before?"
Hey, I do that all the time with booking agents like, "So who’s this guy again?"
I’ll do a Part Three of this next week.
P.S. Callen was wonderful – had a full house Thursday, his first night, and got a standing ovation.
Great guy and he promises even with his new fame he’ll come back to Stanford’s.
Uh, but he never said how much.