Samuel L. Jackson Details Feud w/ Spike Lee For Turning Down Role In ‘Malcolm X’ Due To Salary Dispute
Samuel L. Jackson is opening up about his previous falling out with Spike Lee.
During a recent interview, the actor revealed that his feud with Lee was due to a salary dispute for the film “Malcolm X,” which ultimately led to Jackson turning down the role of Baines.
Samuel L. Jackson explained,
“I actually read with most of the people who auditioned for ‘Malcolm X.’ I was supposed to be the guy that turned Malcolm X on to Islam in prison. I forget who played that role. But it was still down to that Spike Lee scale-plus-10 salary thing. I was like, ‘I’m not going to work for no scale-plus-10.’”
The “scale plus 10” salary refers to a pay rate for actors with a minimum daily or weekly pay rate established by the Screen Actors Guild. The “plus 10” refers to the 10 percent of an actor’s pay that goes toward their agent.