At a programming meeting today, the career of Steve Guttenberg inevitably came up (hey, it happens). And it was pointed out that, coincidentally, the folks at Defamer had recently posted excerpts from a very recent Metro interview. In the interview, Guttenberg chats about the prospects of joining another Police Academy movie but also sheds some light on why he’s chosen to lay low compared to his prolific run in the 1980s:
Metro: You had a string of hits in the 1980s. What have you been up to lately?
Guttenberg: There are 100,000 actors in the Screen Actors Guild. Only 2,000 of them make more than $75,000 (£42,000) a year. That means 98,000 actors make less than $75,000 a year. From 1980 to 1990, I shot more films than any other actor in the Screen Actors Guild apart from Gene Hackman. Everyone keeps asking me that stupid question: “What are you doing?” I say: “Why do I need to do anything? I’m rich.” Do you want me to be poor again? Do you want me to go back to making tomato soup out of ketchup and water? Or would you like me to be a multimillionaire and be rewarded for all the entertainment I gave you for all those years? I’m enjoying life now. If I was a plumber and I’d done the most plumbing jobs between 1980 and 1990, everyone would be saying: “What a great plumber” – he says “f**k you to the world and he’s enjoying himself.” But for some reason, as an actor, you’re not allowed to say: “I’m f**king rich, bro.”
You can read the full interview here.