One of the most buzzed about films of the fall is Bad Times at the El Royale, writer-director Drew Goddard’s genre-bending thriller featuring a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, and Chris Hemsworth. That sort of talent doesn’t typically come cheap and with Bad Times being a mid-budget film, Goddard would have had a hard time getting it made if his actors were being paid their usual rates. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Goddard revealed that he and his stars deliberately took pay cuts so that 20th Century Fox would let them do pretty much anything they wanted in a creative sense.
“I knew with this one, we also didn’t want it to cost a lot,” Goddard said. “It was the sort of thing where we are all taking pay cuts. I could say to the actors, ‘This is what it is. I want it to be bold. I don’t want to have to cut out all the things that are bananas in this movie.’ The tradeoff is we’ve got to keep the costs down. When we went to the actors, they sort of knew that going in. They knew we were all — and it’s true of me too — we’re tall taking pay cuts to get to do something different.”
Goddard is next slated to write and direct X-Force, the Deadpool spinoff that will reunite Deadpool 2 stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, and Zazie Beetz. Goddard touched on X-Force a bit, saying that while he’s not sure when the film will happen, it’s not going to be your standard superhero team-up movie. “What Deadpool is to the superhero movie, X-Force can be to the team superhero movie.”
Bad Times at the El Royale hits theaters this Friday. For more of Goddard’s thoughts on the film, as well insights into his previous work like Cabin in the Woods and Netflix’s Daredevil, be sure to check out the full interview on THR.
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