Brad Pitt’s body double served as his stand-in for a $190 million movie, but he only got paid a staggering $6.75 (£4.44) an hour.
The U.K.’s current minimum wage? $9.41 (£6.19) an hour.
26-year-old David Patterson was hired as a stand-in—someone with a similar height and build as a principal actor who assists cinematographers with framing shots—for Brad’s World War Z character, and told the Daily Mirror about his experience.
“I basically had to be Brad for the day and copy everything he did on screen,” he said of his 18-hour workdays, beginning at six in the morning. “Brad was there the entire time, and they were filming over the course of months, so it must have been quite tough.”
David was paid a total of £80 per day, but he didn’t really mind. “I’m not too fussed about that,” he said, adding, “You get asked to do something like that and you can’t really say no.”
Basically, David was Brad Pitt, minus all the special treatment.
“I didn’t get a VIP pass for the film, nothing like that at all,” he said, which isn’t a common perk for stand-ins anyway.
But David still hasn’t seen the film yet. He probably can’t afford to. :(