Brad Pitt laughed when he was asked if it was possible for Hollywood stars to still command a price tag upwards of 10 million dollars per movie.
The Moneyball star said that the days of actors getting multi-million dollar salaries are over.“Yeah, that thing died,” the BBC quoted him as saying.
“That arithmetic doesn’t really work right now... that deal’s not flying these days,” he said.
Pitt has been a familiar fixture on lists detailing the highest paid actors.
The most recent Forbes list for 2012 was topped by Tom Cruise, with an estimated yearly salary of 75 million dollars.
Meanwhile, Pitt is thought to have earned 25 million dollars.
As for what state Hollywood is in, in general, Pitt said that, “it’s a really interesting time.”
“A lot of the studios have been challenged because of the economic downturn as well so they’ve been betting on bigger, more tent pole kinds of things.
“At the same time that opens up a vacuum for really interesting new film makers to come in,” he said.
So-called tent pole films take the biggest budgets, but their profits are expected to prop up other movies for the major studios.
“You take the roles for the roles, and you’ve just got to balance economics like everyone does,” he added.