In almost every job field, experience pays more. If you are the new fella, you will not earn as much as someone with more knowledge and, possibly, skills. This logic is particurarly followed in Hollywood, where experience and popularity might be the main source of actors and actresses’ income. Have you ever wondered how much older and more famous actors get, compared to newcomers?
We could probably ask to the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens; indeed, as rumours on the cast’s salary spread on the Internet, we have a clear example of how much experience actually does pay.
According to various reports, worldwide-known Harrison Ford earned £23 million to reprise his role as Han Solo in the latest movie of the saga, and The Mail on Sunday claimed that Ford was paid much more than his co-stars to appear in the feature. The Mail also reported that newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega ‘only’ got £300,000 each, 70 times less than Ford if the figures are right.
Variety, on the other hand, has reported that, although the actor has been paid more than his colleagues, his share was between $10 million and $20 million, less than what claimed by other sources.
In any case, the number are impressive, especially compared to Ford’s first salary for the original 1977 Star Wars movie: under £7,000 only.