Did Linda Harrison get paid less for not speaking?

That’d be Nova, from Planet of the Apes, of course.  I was just wondering, did she make a lower rate for her role in the film due to the fact she didn’t have any lines?  Likewise, what about the extras?  It actually would make sense for the ape extras – who both might have minor speaking parts, as well as major makeup pain – to get paid more than the human extras, who merely needed to deal with sunblock (or perhaps sunburn, depending).  Speaking of which, I feel for Charlton Heston near the end – on the beach, he clearly looks like he’s starting to succumb from the sun.

Why on earth am I going on about a movie made nearly 40 years ago?  There are two reasons, really.  The obvious one is a love of science fiction.  Although I’ve really only seen PotA a handful of times, it still ranks as a real classic of the genre.  I had forgotten how good some of it is; dated, yes, but still groundbreaking for some of it’s styles and makeup.  And I must admit a love of tiny jokes; it’s the inspiration for the minature Statue of Liberty I made sure to buy for the bottom of our fishtank.

The unobvious is that I’m spending the night at the in-laws, who have cable TV.  The great thing about cable – at least when you don’t have it – is that it provides a high as good as drugs.  And luckily, it’s not addictive.  At least not addictive to the point that we’d get cable ourselves, thus limiting excessive cheezy or science fiction movie watching to when visiting friends and family.

Just to be completeist: it was an amazingly ‘classic’ American summer Saturday.  Warm with just a touch of too hot; family with more kids over to run around outside kicking a ball or playing on the slide; being a little lazy but also doing chores for getting dinner ready.  A good day.  No sunburn, luckily.

One thought on “Did Linda Harrison get paid less for not speaking?

  1. One of the reasons PotA is great (and not at all dated) was that they used Science Fiction as a medium for tacking important political issues of the day. In this case racism. If you compare it with the remake: it had much improved special effects but a pithy insipid plot with no actual meaning to it.
    Ah, the 60s. Back when we cared about such things…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.