Arrow is a hit for The CW.
It helped kickstart the DC TV universe the network has established for itself. It makes sense then to think that its leading man, Stephen Amell would be the highest-paid actor on the show, right?
The actor appeared as a guest on former Smallville actor, Michael Rosenbaum's Inside of You podcast on Tuesday, and the 37-year-old-actor opened up about his tenure on the superhero series.
"I didn't really care what the deal was," Amell shared, noting that it was his first time leading the cast of a TV show.
"It was a fair deal. I had no quote. I had never been a series regular before; I was a series regular on Hung, technically, but I wasn't going to be bumped up to a series regular price until the fourth season—if there was a fourth season, which there wasn't."
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"It was a very, very fair deal. I mean, the first thing they did was try to hire me as a Canadian."
That did not go down well and "was a big no-no," because it meant he would be earning less money and wouldn't be in the running to receive residuals.
"That's the first conversation that they have, and my agent shut it down immediately. The business affairs person comes back, semi-embarrassed, and says, 'You know, I gotta ask...'"
Despite Arrow being Amell's first time as a leading man on a TV show, he revealed during the podcast that he was not scared of defending himself, despite his inexperienced status.
"In the early days, we didn't do a lot of reshoots, but they were not happy with a couple elements of Episode 5," he said.
Stephen was approached to work on some scenes with fellow series regular, Katie Cassidy, and felt like too much was being asked of him.
"We had been working six-day weeks for a couple of weeks, coming in Sundays and doing that. I'm in the Arrow costume, I've got the f--king eye makeup on, and it was 11:15 at night or whatever," he told Rosenbaum.
"The second assistant director said to me, 'Your call time tomorrow is 11:15.' And I said, 'I'm not done for the day. I can't. Basecamp is 20 minutes away, and I've got to take my makeup off," he continued.
"It's not my turnaround. I'm exhausted. I'm going to take my turnaround.' And he said, 'Contractually, your call time is 11:15 and I don't have to give you any explanation.'"
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"I said, 'OK, I'm going to tell you this right now, and I'm going to do it in front of people so that everybody knows this: I'm going to get in the car tomorrow at the exact time that I get in the car tonight, and not a minute sooner."
"And if you had handled this with a little more tact, maybe we could have done something, but you didn't. So, when everybody asks why we are starting later than everyone wants to, you need to tell them it..