The star of an early-1990s horror hit earned a nice bonus for taking on the role — but it did not come without a little pain.
In an interview with The Guardian, about the upcoming remake of “Candyman”, star Tony Todd reveals that he was paid $1,000 for every time he was stung by a bee.
“I negotiated a bonus of $1,000 for every sting during the bee scene,” said Todd, who played the titular Candyman — the son of a slave who becomes a vengeful ghost when he’s stung to death by bees after being covered in honey by a lynch mob — in the 1992 original and the 1995 sequel, “Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh”.
“And I got stung 23 times,” Todd recalled. “Everything that’s worth making has to involve some sort of pain. Once I realized it was an important part of who Candyman was, I embraced it. It was like putting on a beautiful coat.”
Todd will be reprising his role in the upcoming “reimagining” of “Candyman”, with a script co-written by Jordan Peele of “Get Out” fame, described as a “spiritual sequel” to the original.
“Let’s see what Jordan Peele produces with his sequel,” added Todd. “They’re planning to shoot entirely in Chicago, where Cabrini-Green has been torn down and gentrified — the new film will explore all that.”
“Candyman” is expected to hit theatres in June 2020.