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Ving Rhames Got $7.7 Million For His Cameo Appearance In "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 2, 2012 10:50 AM
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Well... that's what the trivia section of the IMDB page for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol says. Not banking solely on IMDB, I did some digging and found a few other sites saying the same thing, but most significantly was this quote from Ving Rhames while on the press tour for Death Race 2 in the fall of 2010:

"I live a very simple life. If I'm supposed to make 7.7 million US dollars and they're offering me three, I don't know if that's going to work. I did the last one for more than three million, there's no misunderstanding - it's 7.7 million or no!"

So did he get $7.7 million for what is effectively a cameo appearance in Ghost Protocol? Well, with a budget of about $150 million, I won't be surprised, combined with the fact that he and Tom Cruise are the only stars of the franchise who've appeared in all 4 Mission: Impossible movies. If he got about $3.5 million for the 3rd film, which is what my research says, then that means he likely got even less for the first 2, even though all 3 films averaged budgets of around $110 million, and his role in each was meatier than his role in the 4th.

So $7.7 milliion is fair; heck, maybe he should get even more.

Tom Cruise is probably getting 10 times that, when you factor in his back-end participation (percentage of box office); granted he's the franchie star.

So, while we're all wondering how Ving Rhames can afford to make all these shitty straight-to-DVD movies we've written about on S&A over the last 2 years, here's part of your answer: He's got $7.7 million to play with from a brief appearance in MI:4. He's comfy, I'm sure.

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  • Terry | January 7, 2012 2:18 AMReply

    Forget about all the crap and what he got paid. I was extremely disappointed he was taken out of any meaningful part in the movie, as I sat there watching all the white actors getting their props. Oh but we do have a racially ambiguous superwoman with dialogue. I guess one minority at a time. One of the few positive roles black men have gotten in all these years and he gets written out for another white boy. Guess its back to the NBA and the NFL as the only route to success I African-American kids have as role models. Yeah Right.

  • Bill | January 5, 2012 3:42 AMReply

    Everyone is entitled to there opinion on this site but no one knows the truth about anything in life so it's all hot air people

  • Donella | January 3, 2012 3:38 PMReply

    It's possible that Ving Rhames had a 'pay or play' contract somewhat similar to Denzel Washington's for American Gangster. Because pre-production took so long, they had to pay Denzel $20 million (full salary) for his time, and then $20 million again for actual work on the movie.

  • Charles Judson | January 3, 2012 1:15 AMReply

    As the only actor besides Tom Cruise to appear in all three prequels, I'd venture to guess that his cameo appearance is based on prior contract obligations. There's probably an early version of 4 that included his character. But once they brought in Simon Pegg, he was irrelevant. Which from a story point makes sense, as Luther was a computer geek, but not strictly comic relief or lacking in confidence as Pegg's character is in 4. I would not be surprised that he got paid that much so that they not because they had include him in 4, but if they do 5, they would NOT have to write his character into the storyline. So I would venture it's also a payoff to severe ties.

  • roberto | January 2, 2012 1:04 PMReply

    ill bet 7 million that this is NOT true!!!

  • Mark | January 2, 2012 12:58 PMReply

    People: There are these things called contracts. Many actors have contractual obligations to appear in sequels. As part of Rhames MI:3 deal, he could have pre-negotiated his salary and participation in MI:4.

    Frankly, I hope that Rhames did get the $7.7M given the crappy projects he's been starring in lately.

  • Dankwa Brooks | January 2, 2012 1:27 PM

    I agree with Mark. I forgot about contractual obligations. That may explain his cameo in the first place. It really didn't need to be there and they could have shot the scene without him.

  • Charles | January 2, 2012 12:45 PMReply

    I agree with Matt. It's not an issue of black or white. It's an issue of journalism vs. propoganda.

  • Nadine | January 2, 2012 12:58 PM

    ...yet "Matt" did not provide a link proving otherwise or even anything. I'm still looking for an answer for this one elsewhere, but TAMBAY is clearly unsure of the reports as well. He made no claims to certainty.

  • Dankwa Brooks | January 2, 2012 12:40 PMReply

    That figure DOES seem unbelieveable given his amount of screen time, but it's not improbable. Michael Bein (Cpl Hicks) got more from them just using his image (photo) in 'Alien 3' than his whole salary from 'Aliens'.

  • Nadine | January 2, 2012 12:37 PMReply

    @MATT...S&A is providing a greater service than you, apparently, can appreciate. BTW - most things that come out of Hollywood are a waste; maybe that should be your cause - getting the crap out of Hollywood. You also may need to read the article again for clarity. Not only did TAMBAY state that he was not "banking" on IMDB as well as some other sites as accurate sources for the 7.7 mil figure, but he continues to make a case for Rhames possibly not getting even half of the 7.7 based on what Rhames earned in meatier, earlier MI appearances. The article attempts to provide evidence for both his getting and not getting 7.7 million. You might want to read the article again.

  • VichusSmith | January 2, 2012 12:24 PMReply

    GOOD! Good for him. He knew that this series is spilling out cash, and he got his share. Nice move. Even if he got 1/4th of that, it's still ridiculous money for a 2 minute appearance.

  • Darkan | January 2, 2012 12:22 PMReply

    @ Matt, why because he's black. Don't come here on this site spewing nonsense brother and please don't disrespect the writers for taking the time to inform and enlighten people who want to know information that white Hollywood refuses to address! Write away Tambay, we love you and appreciate you guys.

  • george | January 2, 2012 11:56 AMReply

    You believe the ramblings of an actor? Not a chance he saw more than 2 or 3.

  • Matt | January 2, 2012 11:34 AMReply

    There is no way he received that much, the author is not even sure what he received. This website is a waste.

  • Cyril | January 2, 2012 12:13 PM

    Dear Matt, if "this website" is a waste, then go away! Why are you here?

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