Not exactly A-list wages! Brad Pitt‘s Scottish body double paid just £4.44-an-hour to stand in for £16m-a-year star
- David Paterson earned just £80 for 18 arduous hours of filming
- He stood in for £9million-a-film superstar during scenes for World War Z
- Yet he says he was just happy to be involved in £250million thriller
By Sam Webb Daily Mail PUBLISHED:18 July 2013
For his role as UN troubleshooter Gerry Lane in blockbuster zombie disaster move World War Z, Brad Pitt, one of the most sought-after stars in Hollywood, took home a cool £9million.
But a Scottish man who also played Gerry Lane – as the actor’s body double – took home a slightly more meagre fee – £4.44 an hour.
David Paterson, 26, from Glasgow, started filming at 6am and had to be on set for a gruelling 18-hour stint. He was told not to speak to Mr Pitt, engaged to fellow superstar Angelina Jolie, and took home a modest £80 for his efforts.
Disparity: David Paterson, the body double for Brad Pitt in World War Z, earned just £4.44 an hour. By contrast, the superstar actor earned £9million for his role as a UN worker trying to survive an undead outbreak
Yet Mr Paterson was glad to be involved in such an epic movie, which cost an estimated £250million to make, and said he didn’t do it for the money.
He said: ‘I basically had to be Brad for the day and copy everything he did on screen.
Despite his role in the film, which is tipped to have a sequel filmed next year, he told the Daily Mirror he hasn’t yet found the time to watch it. He also wasn’t invited to the UK premiere and didn’t even get an autograph.
Apocalyptic: Actor Brad Pitt earned £9million for his role in zombie movie World War Z, much of which was filmed in Glasgow
Pitt, as a UN operative, is forced to battled the undead in the film, which is tipped for a sequel
Yet he still relished the experience. Many of his scenes with Mr Pitt were filmed in a supermarket in Glasgow.
He followed the actor around, mirroring his actions as he ran through the shop desperately salvaging food as apocalyptic events rage outside.
Mr Paterson was selected because his physique is similar to the Tinseltown sex symbol and had to wear identical clothes for the shoot.
He added: ‘I had the same physique as him – we were both slim-built – though not any more, as I’ve put on weight since then. Brad’s a very professional guy and I had a job to do and I just did it to the best of my ability.’
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