Movie Made Millions, Body Double Didn't
Brad Pitt received millions for his latest film World War Z , although his body double received low wages and no added extras.
Just because you happen to look like Brad Pitt doesn't mean you will get paid like him, according to Pitt's World War Z body double, who has claimed he was paid just $124 to stand in for the multimillionaire actor on the set of Pitt's new zombie movie.
The Fight Club actor's new horror movie was partially filmed in Glasgow, Scotland. Local resident David Paterson was lucky enough to be hired as a body double on set.
Paterson, 26, was hired because of his vital statistics that are similar to Pitt's. His role was to shadow the Hollywood actor's scenes for an 18-hour day spent on the set.
"I basically had to be Brad for the day and copy everything he did on screen," Paterson told The Daily Mirror.
But despite Paterson's participation in the film, he didn't get invited to the premiere and has yet to see the film, which has grossed nearly $430 million around the world.
In addition, while Pitt coined it this year for his work on World War Z, his body double was paid just $124 for 18 hours of work, which comes in at less than the $9.59 that is being reported as less than the U.K.'s minimum wage.
"Brad was there the entire time, and they were filming over the course of months, so it must have been quite tough... I was paid £80 ($124) but it wasn't anything to do with the money. I'm not too fussed about that. I did it for the experience. You get asked to do something like that and you can’t really say no."
"I didn't get a VIP pass for the film, nothing like that at all, and I haven't seen it yet, no autograph and no VIP invites… I wore identical clothes to him, jeans, blue jacket and T-shirt. I had the same physique as him, both slim built, though not any more as I've put on weight since then."
The body double finished by telling Britain's the Daily Record, "Brad's a very professional guy and I had a job to do and I just did it to the best of my ability."
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