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Billy Boyd is not broke (tabloid lies spread quickly)

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Aug. 22nd, 2010 | 12:27 am
mood: surprised

Truth: from a nice long interview in no1magazine.co.uk, Billy being modest about money:

Q: you ever tempted to retire after Lord of the Rings and just go and live the good life in the sun somewhere?
A: I don’t have any money!

Q: You must have a couple of dimes?
A: But we were unknown actors – we did it for peanuts, and for food.


Tabloid Lies: a fake teaser line (not a pullquote): LORD of the Rings actor Billy Boyd claims he is broke and earned very little from the films and a provactive photo caption: Penniless... Boyd.

This lie was started by The Sun online (I have screecaps), It's been picked up by a lot of celebrity news sides and blogs, including on ohnotheydidnt. But now there's a lengthy reply on ONTD and I hope we can be calm on LJ a least.


ETA: he's in Sunshine on Leith, lucky UK people!

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The Charcoal Burner

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from: semyaza
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
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The whole thing was so patently ridiculous.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
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it is, just tabloid sensationalism!

PS: I <3 your icon

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The Charcoal Burner

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from: semyaza
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
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She's a patient, long-suffering oliphaunt.

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tweedle_

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from: tweedle_
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 08:27 am (UTC)
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Humour: the quality that makes something seem funny, amusing, or ludicrous; comicality.

Sadly, I couldn't find a definition for 'It's none of your business how much I did or didn't earn.'

:D

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
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it is to boggle, poor guy, he's going to be explaining this for ages :-(

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fileg

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from: fileg
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 09:31 am (UTC)
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I had read the interview before I saw the "headlines" popping up and I was all WTF? He was mostly talking about being in the upcoming Proclaimers musical. Saying you didn't make a fortune from one particular movie (especially since there is still fighting about finances from it) is a million miles from saying you're pennyless.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
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I know, damn Sun added the words "broke" and "penniless" and suddenly, it's a juicy story.

Edited at 2010-08-22 05:38 pm (UTC)

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blink back to let me know

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from: bunniewabbit
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Stupid tabloids, taking Billy's humor and turning it into ridiculous hyperbole.

That said, we know they didn't make that much money from LOTR. But they all seem to be doing pretty well in spite of that. :p

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
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once someone at The Sun added the headline, it too juicy for the rest to resist, I guess.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
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An intimate view of how lies spread!

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girl with curious hair

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from: kiltsandlollies
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
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I think the most ridiculous thing about this is that TORn picked it up and posted the quote out of context. You'd expect the asinine British tabloids to do it, but you'd hope for better from TORn, or whoever brought it to their attention.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, totally mis-read what he said and failed to include the actual question. Idiots.

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amusing musing

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from: sandelwood
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 06:04 pm (UTC)
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I've called TORn out for their incapability to check their sources several times, and been given nothing but assholery back from them in return. Honestly, I can't believe they're just so happy to just reprint virtually anything even remotely related these days.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
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That is supposed to be the point of having a fan site! We know and care when gossip sites get things all wrong.

Technically, they didn't misquote Billy or put any words in his mouth (unlike The Sun). They just got it wrong. Idiots.

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elmathelas

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from: elmathelas
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
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I remember back in the day (2003-ish) Dom talking about how he had no money to spare when he was living in LA-- people didn't get why he was driving a shitty old car and sharing an apartment. They don't get that unknown actors get paid scale and have to actually continue living while working. I remember him saying something like-- I've got worries about money. I'm not living in poverty, but I'm not P Diddy. Then there's the fact that you might be contractually obligated to show up for a certain function, but you're not being paid to be there, so money you might be making during that time is non-existant. Big Big Movie means big money for people like Tom Cruise who get a cut of the box office but I can easily believe that Billy is living a modest life, even now.

I would imagine that Billy, as a person who most likely has lived through times where he literally did not have any money, is probably mortified to have his words twisted like that. I know that I try not to bitch "I'm broke," because even though it feels like that I know I'm not living in poverty. Even when I was technically I had a ton of safety nets in my family and friends so I didn't want to bitch back then either.

Christ. "I don't have any money," said while laughing, was probably appropriate as a response to a ridiculous "why not retire on a movie you made 10 years ago as an unknown," but perhaps not the best thing to say in regard to print not carrying tone, but who watches every little word that falls out of their mouths ever. Graaaaah.

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amusing musing

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from: sandelwood
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Plus people don't seem to get that actors pay taxes and the people they employ to keep them employed too. Taxes take roughly half of what you're gross away, on top of the 25% or so that goes to their agent, publicist, accountant, personal trainers, etc. Not to mention the part where our guys they have to maintain work visas and all while they're living in the US, and if they maintain citizenship in the UK, the probably pay taxes to both countries (not sure on this, but I think that's how it works, at the very least for property taxes if they own homes in both).

Are successful actors making more money than the average joe? Sure. But they pay the same freaking amount any self employed person does do to maintain their job. And what the'yre left with after the fact ain't much. Unless you're Brad Pitt. Or at least Orlando. Basically, if you don't get to play the hero/love interest, you probably don't get paid that much. And Dom and Billy? Not hero material, at least not by Hollywood standards.

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eff_reality

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from: eff_reality
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. And if you're in a project with a freaking huge ensemble cast like LOTR (or Lost, for that matter), every actor's cut is going to suffer, unless you're a big name—and if there's a big name actor or two working on it with you, it's going to suffer even more because the majority of the cast budget is going to go to the big name to keep them there.

I definitely don't blame people for not realizing this stuff, though. I didn't until pretty recently. There's just this assumption that if you're in something well known, you're instantly loaded, which is understandable but so not true.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
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Well, it was a very successful huge ensemble project, so they did get biggish bonuses. There was a story back in 2003 that the lead actors (presumably Viggo and Elijah) went back and re-negotiated with Three Foot Six or New Line or someone to make sure the others shared in the vast success, which makes me love them lots.

Also, what's he gonna say, "Oh, I'm loaded"? He deprecates.

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amusing musing

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from: sandelwood
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
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The unfortunate part of that story was that one of the principle cast (presumably, one of the fellowship) only received a 45¢ residual check from NL, and that is why Viggo and the higher paid well known actors got up in arms in the first place. And considering whose faces didn't get a hell of a lot of merchandizing, I think we can probably bet it was Dom or Billy.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
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I hadn't even thought of the income taxes, though all the business expenses are deductible. And I'm sure they pay property taxes where the property is.

Not enough to retire on is not the same as "broke" dammit!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
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Yeah, Dom said he got some money once the FOTR finally was released. They probably made quite a bit on the movies, plus TV residuals, video games, various action figures, appearance fees, and Billy would make some on the ROTK soundtrack.

Mortified, yeah, of all the things to end up in gossip sites, that one :-(

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lisabellex

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from: lisabellex
date: Aug. 22nd, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Trust The Sun to make this into something it isn't.

I'm looking forward to seeing Billy in Sunshine on Leith in October! What a treat.

:D

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
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you lucky thing, have fun!

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lisabellex

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from: lisabellex
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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The Ineffable Has Bludgeoned Me

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from: skulkings
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 09:42 am (UTC)
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Billy fans freak out when this happens once? You should see what they say about Dom on a regular basis.

It's pretty much nonstop with Dom. Currently, there are endless reports, even polls about how much of a jerk Dom is because he "provoked" Megan Fox... which actually just means he supported her performance as an actor.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
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True, I remember Dom's Manchester city centre one, that was so weird.

This one feels worse because it's about money and makes him look stupid, lazy, pathetic and/or ungrateful.

all over the web: "Hobbit's 'peanuts' for £2bn Rings hit" and "Lord of the Rings' Boyd is broke" and ONTD one that was getting lots of links, Fool of a Took.

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The Ineffable Has Bludgeoned Me

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from: skulkings
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
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And Dom is "too rich" because he "owns a forest."

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 23rd, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
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riiiiiiight

BTW, I wondered what happened with that auction. 2 copies of Charlie's DS ring went for $9,000 and $8,500 -- what the actual fuck? People still have that kind of money?!?! And the auction wasn't for charity either, just for ABC. Very weird.

http://entertainmentwrapup.blogspot.com/2010/08/ongoing-lost-auction-august-21-2010.html

http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/129978-consumerism-and-the-fan-a-lost-case-study/

(eta: had to change icon)

Edited at 2010-08-23 10:39 pm (UTC)

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The Ineffable Has Bludgeoned Me

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from: skulkings
date: Aug. 24th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
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You know, times are really good for people who feel comfortable and safe in their jobs. There are still a lot of those people.

Thanks for those links. I'm sure I can make something of it for the site.

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