Lee Curreri says cast of ‘Fame’ TV current was not successfully paid

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Being on TV should not be all it’s cracked as a lot as be, in response to “Fame” star Lee Curreri.

The actor, who carried out Bruno Martelli inside the 1980 movie and its small-screen spinoff from 1982 to 1987, revealed that the current’s cast was not exactly successfully compensated.

“We now have been getting decrease than of us in half-hour sitcoms have been getting,” Curreri fully instructed Internet web page Six. “So take into consideration you’re making type of a middle-class wage nevertheless you’re on TV so everyone expects you to be wealthy.

“And likewise you’ve acquired a supervisor and an agent and customarily even a publicist,” he continued. “And that money goes really shortly besides you complement it in several strategies by reaching exterior and doing completely different points.”

The Bronx-born musician, 60, was quick to note, nonetheless, that “breaking out by your self” can sometimes upset neighborhood brass and producers on account of “then they’ve an unstable cast they normally want everyone to be type of subservient.”

He added, “It’s merely all through a tricky issue, and likewise you don’t really get anyplace besides you’re a rebel.”

Curreri was solely a 19-year-old pupil on the Manhattan School of Music when a teacher actually useful him to the “Fame” movie’s casting agent to play the shy nevertheless proficient pianist.

Enlarge Image"Fame" movie poster with Lee Curreri and Irene Cara in 1980.
The movie “Fame” obtained two Oscars.
Courtesy Everett Assortment

After starring inside the Oscar-winning flick, the performer reprised his operate as Bruno inside the TV assortment. He known as the current an “fascinating” experience, as he did not have any person to data him by way of the pitfalls and “Hollywood hierarchy.”

“It was a lesson for me,” he outlined. “And it’s a lesson that is arduous to review until you’re out of it and then you definately positively go, ‘Oh yeah, I see what was occurring there. And I see how I could have handled that otherwise. And I see how illustration is supposed to take over at this degree.’”

These days, Curreri is blissful being behind the scenes. He is at current busy engaged on Christmas songs for holiday-themed reveals.

He is moreover set to look in Tuesday’s “Stars inside the Residence” recreation night time time, which may operate the solid of “Fame” squaring off in the direction of “Glee” alums along with Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale. All funds raised from the livestreamed event assist The Actors Fund.

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