Since it’s release in November 2013, Disney’s “Frozen” has become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.
But actors who voiced the characters in the film didn’t see as much of a return as the film studio.
Josh Gad, who voices fan favourite snowman “Olaf,” was a guest on the “Late Show with David Letterman” this week and revealed: “The thing made a couple of billion, I made a couple of thousand.”
“No, they actually paid me really well,” Gad said sarcastically as he shook his head back and forth to imply he was lying.
“No, I love you Disney, I really do,” Gad backtracked. “They actually really took care of us and the luxury of this thing is that now we’re all in the theme parks and get to see it all come to fruition.”
“It was a blast, Gad added of his time shooting the movie. “They spread it out over the course of two years, so in total I did about ten [voiceover] sessions.”
Regardless of any drama, Gad recently told E! Online he is “excited” to return for a “Frozen” sequel, adding, “I have complete faith in the creative team and I’m excited to hear that it’s happening at this point.”
But Gad isn’t the only one not to profit as much as expected off the first film’s success.
Actress Spencer Lacey Ganus, the 15-year-old who voiced teenage Elsa, received just a one-day guaranteed payment of $US926.20, reports TMZ, who obtained a copy of Ganus’ contract because it has to be filed with the courts since she is still a minor.
Ganus will, however, earn a pretty penny thanks to residual checks.
“She’s collected more than $US10,000 in residuals,” the actress’ rep told TMZ, adding that the money is being put into a college fund.
But Disney is no stranger to controversy over how much they pay their voice talent.
In 1992, Robin Williams was paid
Williams agreed to the fee “for my children,” but told Disney, “I just don’t want to sell anything — as in Burger King, as in toys, as in stuff.”
After Disney proceeded to use Williams’ voice in promo materials leading to a decade-long feud, the actor snarked, “You realise now when you work for Disney why the mouse has only four fingers — because he can’t pick up a check.”
Watch Gad discuss his “Frozen” paycheck on Letterman below:
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