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Stars of 'Crash' not getting paid well

  |   July 25, 2006 at 3:00 PM
NEW YORK, July 25 (UPI) -- This year's Oscar winner for best picture "Crash" has not been the money making machine that co-writer and director Paul Haggis thought it would be.

The movie cost about $7.5 million to make and it did take in $180 million world wide, so it would seem logical to think that the people who created the film would have be making a lot of money, but that's not the case with "Crash," The New York Times reported.

Haggis has made less than $300,000 on the film, a small sum by Hollywood standards. Also, the eight main actors in "Crash," including Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon and Don Cheadle have been expecting large checks for months after deciding to take a percentage of the film's profits rather than a flat fee. They each recently received checks for $19,000, the Times said.

It's usually a slow process for profit participants, people who agree to take a slice of a film's revenues in instead of large salaries up front, to gain money, but it has been even worse than normal for "Crash."

"They have been correctly paid," said Bob Yari, the producer and financier in charge of disbursing payments for the film. "They will be paid more. This is the process. We've done everything aboveboard. If we wanted to not pay people and have them sue us, we wouldn't pay them at all."

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