Did NBC withhold Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ Dracula salary? A recent report suggests that NBC may have actually withheld most of Meyers’ salary for playing the titular character in their newly premiered show, Dracula, due to the actor’s past history with substance abuse and alcoholism.
Meyers, who is most famous for his role as Henry VIII in the hit ShowTime production The Tudors, has long dealt with problems related to alcoholism and other substance abuse. There were reportedly several incidents with the actor during the filming of the four seasons of The Tudors, which resulted in some tension between the cast and crew; in addition to these on-set incidents, Meyers has been involved in several altercations that have occurred while he was under the influence of alcohol.
These incidents may have led NBC to consider Meyers a liability. It is not uncommon for production companies to take out insurance policies on actors or actresses whom they consider high-risk—such as actors with histories of addiction or other problems that might cause issues during shooting. NBC may have decided to hold back on the actor’s salary until he was able to complete the filming process for all episodes, thus ensuring that he would at least be able to finish the entire reason of Dracula.
The report, released this week, suggests that NBC withheld as significant portion of the actor’s Dracula salary until all ten episodes had finished filming. It is not known how much of this salary—roughly $100,000 per episode—was withheld, however. So far, neither NBC nor the PR team behind Jonathan Rhys Meyers has released a statement about this new report regarding the actor’s salary.