"The actor gave producer Jason Blum the friends-and-family rate, working for almost nothing on the breakout microbudget horror movie and skipping the perks:...
How does a movie that opens to $34 million cost just $3 million to make? Microbudget horror maestro Jason Blumsays his formula is simple: Everyone works for nothing (or, in the case of The Purge, for scale).
The Universal thriller marks Blum's second microbudget teaming with his best friend, star Ethan Hawke, after the 2012 hitSinister first paired the buddies who started a theater company in their 20s. LikePurge director James DeMonaco, the crew and even vendors, Hawke, 42, took almost no money up front in exchange for a slice of the profits..."