GTA IV actor bemoans lack of royalties
Michael Hollick. the actor behind GTA IV star Niko Bellic, was reportedly paid in the region of 100,000 USD for the 15 months work he put into the game.
The New York Times reveals that Hollick won't receive any royalties from the game at all, despite the title shifting hundreds of million of dollars worth of units.
"Had this been a television program, a film, an album, a radio show or virtually any other sort of traditional recorded performance, Mr. Hollick and the other actors in the game would have made millions by now. As it stands, they get nothing beyond the standard Screen Actors Guild day rate they were originally paid," he told newspaper.
"Obviously I’m incredibly thankful to Rockstar for the opportunity to be in this game when I was just a nobody, an unknown quantity. But it’s tough, when you see Grand Theft Auto IV out there as the biggest thing going right now, when they’re making hundreds of millions of dollars, and we don’t see any of it. I don’t blame Rockstar. I blame our union for not having the agreements in place to protect the creative people who drive the sales of these games.
"Yes, the technology is important, but it’s the human performances within them that people really connect to, and I hope actors will get more respect for the work they do within those technologies."
More on GTA IV as we get it.