Hugh Jackman tells Times Magazine that Hollywood actors are paid too much.
Hugh Jackman tells Times magazine that Hollywood actors are paid too much.Reuters

Actor Hugh Jackman has said that Hollywood film stars are overpaid.

The X-Men star, whose fortune is estimated to be in the region of $55m (£32m), said the modern actor is more like a small business or a brand, and maintained that wealth and free luxury goods are a burden.

When asked in an interview in the Times magazine if he felt that he and the rest of Hollywood are paid too much, he replied: "Oh yeah. But I understand why, how it's being measured. As a brand, as a small business, really.

"But if we were born 100 years ago, you could be the most famous actor and you wouldn't get all that. Even 50 years ago in the studio contract, a lot of those actors died penniless. But somehow, since the 1980s, this happened."

I remember thinking: 'If I ever have money, I am going to just eat'. Just to be able to walk in without looking at the menu in the window.
- Hugh Jackman

Jackman, whose latest X-Men outing, Days of Future Past, is released in the UK on 22 May, said he flies economy class when he goes on holiday with his children, and receives a lot less attention from fans because they assume a world-famous Hollywood star would be travelling in first class.

Jackman said he still has not adjusted to the extravagant trappings of fame and is still excited by the glamour of luxury hotels.

"Staying in a [luxury] place like this? Flying first class? I still jump up and down on the beds. I go on to a plane, I turn left, I'm like 'Yes!'" he said.

Fame was never a motive in pursuing acting, Jackman added, recalling the difficulties he encountered while trying to make a name for himself.

"I was a student for seven years and I remember thinking: 'If I ever have money, I am going to just eat'. Just to be able to walk in without looking at the menu in the window."

"I remember it was basically 120 bucks a week for everything. My rent was 55 bucks a week, food was probably 50 bucks, so then I had 15 bucks."

Top 10 Highest Paid Male Movie Stars (Source: New York Film Academy)

Robert Downey Jr, 48 - $75 million

Channing Tatum, 33 - $60 million

Hugh Jackman, 45 - $55 million

Mark Wahlberg, 42 - $51 million

Dwayne Johnson, 41 - $46 million

Leonardo DiCaprio, 39 - $38 million

Adam Sandler, 47 - $36.5 million

Tom Cruise, 51 - $35 million

Denzel Washington, 59 - $33 million

Liam Neeson, 61 - $31.5 million

Top 10 Highest Paid Female Movie Stars (Source: New York Film Academy)

Angelina Jolie, 38 - $33 million

Jennifer Lawrence, 23 - $26 million

Kristen Stewart, 23 - $21.5 million

Jennifer Aniston, 45 - $20 million

Emma Stone, 25 - $16 million

Charlize Theron, 38 - $15 million

Sandra Bullock, 49 - $14 million

Natalie Portman, 32 – $14 million

Mila Kunis, 30 - $11 million

Julia Roberts, 46 - $11 million

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