Jonathan Rhys Meyers is taking a bite out of Friday nights as star of TV horror hit Dracula, but a story in The Hollywood Reporter indicates that NBC took a bite out of the former Tudors star’s salary, with his contract reportedly stipulating he wouldn’t be paid the bulk of his salary until after filming was completed.
The reason, notes The Hollywood Reporter, has to do with the actor’s much-publicized struggles with substance abuse, which have seen him complete several stints in rehab over the past few years.
Citing anonymous sources, The Hollywood Reporter alleges that NBC “withheld a substantial part of Rhys Meyers’ compensation — estimated at $100,000 an episode — until filming was finished,”; only paying him a per diem and “other small dispensations”; during shooting. Meanwhile, the bulk of his paycheque was used as a carrot to dangle in order to ensure he wouldn’t fall off the wagon partway through filming, with “the lump sum of his salary…contingent on him completing the season.”;
NBC president Robert Greenblatt is said to be well aware of the Irish actor’s addiction issues, which initially reared their head during production of Showtime’s The Tudors while Greenblatt was running Showtime.
In addition, The Hollywood Reporter claims “sources”; who allege “the star’s problems recurred while filming Dracula when, following a meltdown, he returned to London and quietly was hospitalized for a short time.”; However, the actor eventually returned to Budapest — where the series was shot — and managed to complete all 10 episodes with the help of a “sober companion”; who accompanied him on set. After filming wrapped, Rhys Meyers returned to rehab.
NBC has issued no comment on the story, but a “source close to Rhys Meyers”; claims the actor is doing well: “Jonathan’s in a really good place, and he’s healthy.”;