A few days ago, E! Online columnist Marc Malkin had a fun item about actress Freida Pinto admitting to using a “butt double” for a love scene in the new historical drama The Immortals. The revelation sparked a trail of additional media coverage, including mention during an Ellen interview.
Realizing that this topic usually gets the bum’s rush from investigative journalists, FishbowlLA decided to check in with SAG’s director of background actors, Terri Becherer, and director of theatrical-TV contracts, Elizabeth Moseley, to find out more.
First off, the next time you snicker at the idea of a body double, consider that the current SAG daily minimum for principal work of this nature is $825. Even the lesser, “special ability background” variety pays $152.