Actors Ed O’Neill and Rob Lowe have "sounded off on low-paying actor jobs," reports The Hollywood Reporter. The two actors made their comments on THR’s annual Emmy Comedy Actor Roundtable, the article said.
Here’s what the two actors said, according to THR:
Ed O’Neill: I just had a thing last week where I thought for sure I was going to do a thing for HBO with Al Pacino and Bette Midler. Mamet directing. And I get the offer, six weeks work, I’m playing Bruce Cutler, [Phil Spector’s] lawyer, and they said ‘$40,000.’
Rob Lowe: “Ex-squeeze me?” (Laughs)
O’Neill: So I said, ‘I thought you said $40,000 for six weeks’ work.’ ‘Yeah.’ Scale. ‘Yeah.’ Is Al working for scale?’ ‘No.’ ‘Is Bette working for scale?’ ‘No.’ I said, ‘Well, good luck.’ Now, I’m not doing it.
Lowe: You can’t.
O’Neill: Of course I can’t do it. But then you say ‘Wait a minute, what the f—?’ You know. That lasts about three or four days. Then you say, ‘Well, I’m going to Hawaii.’ That happens all the time.
Lowe: You know why it happens? It’s because they know that at the end of the day we love good material. And they will use that to exploit us. And that’s — excuse me — bullshit.