Marisa Tomei Clarifies Her Comments About Not Getting Paid For “King Of Staten Island”
Many of us probably figured that Marisa Tomei’s accountants were going to have a busy weekend with amending her 2019 tax return to include the extremely generous charitable donation of bestowing her Oscar-winning movie star presence on that King of Staten Island movie that starred Pete Davidson and was directed by Judd Apatow. Because during an interview with Rolling Stone, Marisa, who played a fictionalized version of Pete’s mom in King of Staten Island, said that she recently talked to her movie son Pete about the movie and asked him, “I never got paid for that. Did you? In this age of transparency, can we talk?” But we can put off submitting Marisa Tomei’s application for sainthood for her volunteer work in a Pete Davidson movie because she was paid after all. Marisa clarified shit in a statement to People, saying that she did get paid, she was just talking about “arcane contractual details.” Translation: “I was talking about movie star stuff you wouldn’t understand, dahlings!”
King of Staten Island was filmed in 2019 and released on Premium VOD on June 12, 2020. In October 2020, The Hollywood Reporter said that it brought in $40 million in VOD money and cost $39 million to produce. Now, don’t fact-check me on this, but I probably wouldn’t be lying if I said that $39,999,980 of those sales came from people who only rented the movie to see Marisa Tomei and the other $19.99 was from Pete’s mom renting it. So the news that Marisa Tomei’s King of Staten Island paycheck was a pile of dust was blasphemous to some of us. But a source spoke to Page Six and said that Marisa was paid for the movie. The source also earned a spot on HELL’s VIP list by calling her “confused.”
“Marisa Tomei was 100 percent paid for the movie. In fact, she was paid upfront, over a million dollars,” a source familiar with the situation told Page Six. “She’s clearly confused.”
And Marisa herself said in a statement to People that no, next to her mailbox isn’t a lawn chair that she sits on every morning while waiting for her King of Staten Island check to show up already. Marisa did get paid, she was talking about other stuff in her contract.
“Of course, I got paid for the work I did. I didn’t forget to simply open my mailbox,” she says in a statement to PEOPLE. “There are a lot of arcane contractual details I will spare you, but that’s what I was referring to.”
“As I said, the work was tremendous fun, and infused everything I have done going forward, and was a joy.”
Okay, I need to know more about these “arcane contractual details.” Hopefully, those details include a huge bonus to Marisa for pulling off that half mullet on her head. That’s definitely a feat!
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