What The Star Cast Of Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer Did With Their First Big Paychecks
Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has been a record-breaking box office success. The film has already crossed the Rs 100 crore mark in India and $400 million worldwide.
Amidst the massive success and appreciation that the movie is receiving, Oppenheimer's star cast of Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, and Matt Damon recently shared how they spent their first paychecks.
What Oppenheimer's Cast Did With Their First Big Paychecks
1. Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt, who portrayed Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer, the wife of the title character, used her first paycheck to move out of her parents’ home and rent an apartment. Blunt was listed among the highest-paid actresses in 2020. And in 2023, her net worth is said to be about $80 million. Emily is married to John Krasinski, who is popular for playing the role of Jim Halpert in the NBC sitcom 'The Office,' and has acted in many movies as well.
2. Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy, the leading man in Oppenheimer who portrays the title character—a.k.a. “death, destroyer of worlds”—bought a sound system with his first big check. “I think I bought like a record player—or a sound system, cause record players weren’t as cool as they are now, were they?” Murphy told the Hollywood Reporter.
3. Matt Damon
On the other hand, Damon, who portrays Lt. Gen. Leslie Groves, the director of the Manhattan Project, recalled that his first big check came in 1990 for a film called Rising Son. He made $25,000.
“I bought my brother a car and put my mom through her Ph.D. program,” Damon said in the interview. “And that was a really cool feeling.”
In the late 1980s, Damon actually shared a bank account with his childhood friend Ben Affleck, when the two were starting their careers. The two met as kids in their hometown of Cambridge, Mass., and later teamed up on numerous projects, including Good Will Hunting, Field of Dreams, and Air.
"It was unusual, but…we needed the money for auditions, for trips to New York, so that’s what the money was for," Damon said in March on the Bill Simmons Podcast, hosted by The Ringer sports writer Simmons, as per a Fortune report.
When either of them booked a role, they funnelled their earnings into the joint account for future audition costs. It was a kind of "when one of us win, we both win" situation, Affleck said in the same podcast interview. The actors closed the account when they both began earning steady incomes.
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How Much Was Oppenheimer's Star Cast Paid For The Movie?
As far as the Oppenheimer cast's fees are concerned, Cillian Murphy charged close to $10 million for this biopic. Emily Blunt received $4 Million, whereas our favourite 'Iron Man' actor, Robert Downey Jr., who plays Lewis Strauss, was also paid $4 Million.
Because he wanted to be in Christopher Nolan’s film, Matt Damon reportedly lowered his fees to $3 Million for this flick. Florence Pugh charged $1 Million.
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