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[Yahoo!] GTA IV Star only made $100k and wants more.

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In a New York Times article, Hollick revealed that he earned about $100,000 for 15 months of work recording dialogue for his role as GTA IV's protagonist. The game, however, has gone on to rake in over $600 million in a mere two weeks.

And Hollick won't see a dime of it.

"It's tough, when you see Grand Theft Auto IV out there as the biggest thing going right now, when they're making hundreds of millions of dollars, and we don't see any of it," Hollick told the Times. "I don't blame Rockstar. I blame our union for not having the agreements in place to protect the creative people who drive the sales of these games."

The pay discrepancy stems from the fact that Hollywood has yet to make provisions for electronic media, including video games or the Internet. Instead, actors get paid standard Screen Actor's Guild day wages for their work (roughly $730), leaving them out of the lucrative residual loop should a property become financially successful. When it becomes as successful as GTA IV, an actor could be out literally millions.
Linky: http://videogames.yahoo.com/feature/...00-000/1215423

When i first saw the story i thought he was just whining, but after seeing how the residuals don't get to them in this field like any other, he was obviously shafted.
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The thing is, he's just a voice actor, not really a "real" actor.
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The thing is, he's just a voice actor, not really a "real" actor.
I'd have to disagree. Voice actors are in every way actors. Their skill or lack of can make or break a game or movie.
    
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I'd have to disagree. Voice actors are in every way actors. Their skill or lack of can make or break a game or movie.
And he got paid $100k... Seems fair to me.
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The thing is, he's just a voice actor, not really a "real" actor.
I've had a crack at voice work myself, and it's harder than it looks. It was definitely tougher for me than stage acting. It's a lot different when you don't have body language to assist you. And really, it isn't whether he's a "real actor" or not, but the standards surrounding the pay.

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I've had a crack at voice work myself, and it's harder than it looks. It was definitely tougher for me than stage acting. It's a lot different when you don't have body language to assist you. And really, it isn't whether he's a "real actor" or not, but the standards surrounding the pay.

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What's really at issue here is how the union isn't treating the people who voice act the same as the people providing the voices for say, pixar's movies.

I do agree that he should have the same contract as someone in an animated movie.
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What's really at issue here is how the union isn't treating the people who voice act the same as the people providing the voices for say, pixar's movies.

I do agree that he should have the same contract as someone in an animated movie.
I believe this had been posted before, but here's my take.

It's a totally different scenario. Rockstar is smart as they don't use the same characters in each game, thus no big contracts with voice actors. The man himself would have had to sign the page saying I'm making $100,000 for xx hours of voice footage. I doubt they'd pick some random, especially not for their next-gen release so the guy obviously had some experience and knew what he was getting into.

The Pixar example, as I said, is a totally different scenario than GTA, but not video game series in general. Pixar and all movie industries, especially those who put out children's movies thrive on kids getting addicted and making sequels to make more money, thus they would prefer to have the same voice actor doing multiple movies and sequels and that's when they would start getting their own way due to the fact they company would either pay up, not do the sequel or hope they found someone who sounded enough alike to pass as him.

It's like saying a one hit wonder and popular band should earn the same amount of money since they both make music.
    
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And he got paid $100k... Seems fair to me.
Agreed. After looking at his Filmography it's clear that this is his breakout role. I bet alot of A-list Hollywood actors didnt make 100k or collect residuals their first big performance.
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good voice actors you can get them anywhere (there are a ton of freelance voice actors on the internet), good programmers/graphic designers/scriptwriter you can't get get them anywhere.

it's a game, not a movie or tv show. you can't expect a million dollar contract for voice acting for a game. Movie and tv show can sell and get ratings based on famous voice actors, games can't do that. Does anyone actually care when tobey maguire does the voice acting for the awful spiderman game series? it doesn't work.

btw if he didn't do it for 100k somebody will do it for less than that and wouldn't complain because there are tons of voice actors out there

and that's my 99cents
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I think he should get a million and call it a day.
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