Seinfeld: Jason Alexander Said Money Inequality ‘Created a Rift’ and Was ‘Inappropriate’. It’s always unimaginable to talk about money, especially between co-stars on a hit television series like Seinfeld. It’s true that comedian Jerry Seinfeld was the co-creator and star of the hit NBC sitcom. However, as reported by Cheatsheet, it seems they make good billions in royalties bit they received a pittance comparatively.
However, in an interview with Globe and Mail, Actor Jason Alexander (George Costanza) took time to explain on how he and fellow costars Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine Benes) and Michael Richards (Cosmo Kramer) had to engage in tough negotiations to get a tiny sliver of the endless money pie known as Seinfeld.
Seinfeld: Jason Alexander Said Money Inequality ‘Created a Rift’ and Was ‘Inappropriate’
When it comes to Salary reimbursement, discrepancies among cast members are more common than equality. This is always because of several different factors, and unless the actors are willing to bargain together, it’s usually inevitable. But the real issue with the Seinfeld cast was the money they made after the show was done.
According to Alexander, In the 2004 interview, he explained how he and his costars would be earning a little share of the royalties, which was better than getting nothing. “We are currently in negotiations so that we are participants in the DVD and that’s a happy arrangement because we didn’t really want to create this sort of negative impression of our experience,” said Alexander.
This came after the cast was expected to provide extra commentary for the DVD release without being properly compensated. They rebelled against the expectation to do so.
Jason Alexander experienced negative outcomes from being George Costanza
Despite the negative outcomes from the movie, Alexander was pressured to provide additional content, however, he felt no obligation to the network or the show that made him famous. In fact, there were some negatives to being associated with Seinfeld.
Also, according to Jason Alexander, he told Globe and Mail, “When the DVDs came up, we were being asked to provide new services,” “We had no problem with the DVDs being released, but then they said, ‘We want you to perform new services. We want to do interviews and create additional footage and additional material.’ Why would we do that? They said, ‘Because of the legacy of the show.’”
He continued: “Well, the character of George is not a millstone around my neck but I had to turn to my former bosses and say, ‘I’m not invested in the longevity of the show. The longevity of the show actually is a detriment to me right now. It keeps me from getting a certain kind of work.” Ultimately, it all came down to money. Alexander concluded: “You have not made me a participant in the life of this show, therefore I am not inclined to give you these services.’”
The battle caused a rift between Seinfeld and the rest of the cast
The actor said Seinfeld’s decision to cut them out was ‘inappropriate’ Alexander, Louis-Dreyfus, and Richards negotiated higher salaries for the final season of the show to help compensate for what they’d be losing later. However, that didn’t do much to quell the damage caused by not earning as much in royalties as the titular star.
“I said to Jerry when he made the decision years ago to not let us in, ‘The day will come when you regret this decision, only because it’s going to put us in a position eventually of seemingly tainting the wonderful impression of what this was for the four of us,” Alexander said. “You have created a rift between you and the three of us, and while we are in no way, shape or form looking for parity with you, you have created a chasm that is also inappropriate.’”
Ultimately, the costars participated in the DVD commentary bonus content. It earned them a bit more of what they felt they were owed for their hard work on Seinfeld.