Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 1 February 2015

Voight reveals poor Cowboy salary

Jon Voight was so keen to star in Midnight Cowboy he offered to do it for free
Jon Voight was so keen to star in Midnight Cowboy he offered to do it for free

Jon Voight has revealed he was hardly paid anything for Midnight Cowboy, the film that made his name.

The actor father of Angelina Jolie played male prostitute Joe Buck in the 1969 film, which put him on his path to becoming an acting legend.

But Jon revealed he wanted the role so badly he told his agent, "Tell them I'll do this part for nothing". The actor revealed to his surprise, "they took me at my word, and they gave me minimum for Midnight Cowboy."

Jon was speaking as he promoted his film Getaway, co-starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez and Ray Donovan, the Showtime series he appears in opposite Liev Schreiber.

The Oscar and Emmy-winning actor said the studio United Artists "even sent me a 14.73 dollars coffee shop charge," for meals on his last day of shooting for Midnight Cowboy.

Jon also revealed he persuaded co-star Dustin Hoffman to try out for the role of Enrico 'Ratso' Rizzo after the two became friends doing an off-Broadway show and that they auditioned for the movie together.

Jon said he had no regrets. "I knew what it meant. It was going to give me a career, and I was right."

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