The Edgy Quest for Danger

Edward Jay Epstein continues his fascinating series of articles about Hollywood finance with the skinny on movie insurance.

The hype of this sequel was that Jolie did “most of her own stunts” out of her own “edgy quest for danger.” In reality, the insurer, AIG, was so strict that it did not even allow director Jan de Bont to be at the Luna Temple set during shooting because he had a prior leg injury. … The insurer took even more precautions with Jolie, the only cast member insured by AIG as an essential element, since even a broken toe could cost the insurer a cool $134 million. Her “edgy quest for danger” notwithstanding, no fewer than three stunt doubles substituted for Jolie, bringing the stunt-person budget to a near-record $1,894,662.

I recommend reading all of the “Hollywood Economist” articles, which are linked at the bottom of the page.

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