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Andrew Garfield “Spider-Man” Salary $500K
July 6, 2010, 3:00 pm
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Andrew Garfield, the British actor recently cast as a teen Peter Parker in the Spider-Manreboot — will reportedly earn just $500,000 to replace Tobey Maguire in the Sony/Marvel Comics blockbuster franchise.

Garfield is said to have snagged the part after studio executives for Sony were impressed by his performance in David Fincher’s upcoming Facebook drama The Social Network. He also appeared alongside Verne Troyer and Heath Ledger in the late Oscar winner’s (Ledger) final film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

But impressive screen performances weren’t enough to snag Garfield a multimillion deal to become the next Spider-Man.

We hear Garfield — a virtual unknown theater actor — has been contracted for three sequels in the role of the awkward superhero, with his salary expected to rise to $1 million for the second movie and $2 million for the third.

So what’s up with the measly salary deals? The silver screen experts at Get The Big Picture offer several possible explanations:

“To begin with, although Marvel isn’t pulling the strings on this franchise the way it does the Paramount crop of Avengers-related movies, we know those salaries are low, low, low,” the site writes. “In a competitive comparison, then, Sony can point to those dealings for a reason to keep this cost down. Garfield is also not as big a name as Maguire was when he signed the deal; Tobey had already led Pleasantville and did very good work in Wonder Boys. Another reason for the rather low salary is the studio’s insistence that these movies are cheaper from now on. This one has an early budget of about $80 million, a fraction of what the Spidey sequels cost…”

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