Jon Hamm just gave the world a real lesson on what passion projects are. The actor was so dedicated to getting Confess, Fletch made that he took a significant pay cut just so the producer could afford to produce the film.
If you werent aware that a new Fletch film had just been released, with the now rare simultaneous theatrical/VOD release, with Jon Hamm in the role once played by Chevy Chase, you would be forgiven. The film and its co-writer Greg Mottola explained that in order to get it funded at all, they had to keep a limit on how much money they could spend.
So, I wrote a draft, and Bill Block of Miramax has been the champion of this film since the beginning. He's tried everything he could think of. It's very low-cost, however. We ended up paying for 27 days of shooting, and everyone passed. I've never heard anyone say, Whos Fletch?
The time it took to complete Confess, Fletch was going to have a fairly tight production schedule, and they looked for other sources of income, but they sadly couldnt find them. The book series is well-known, but its not one that everyone has seen.
Jon Hamm gave back 60% of his salary, and Mottola gave back some of his earnings (but not as much for entirely justifiable reasons) which enabled the film to have three additional days of production. Mottola continues to work.
Jon gave back 60 percent of his salary to the budget. I gave back some of my salary, but not as much as Jon because he is richer than me and Ive got three children. And we bought three more days of shooting. We got it up to 30 days in Boston and one day in Rome. And then Miramax really supported us, creatively.
Although the film is currently in theaters, as previously stated, it's possible you weren't aware that Confess, Fletch is a film that's actually outrighted. However, if you do know anything about it, it's probably because it's receiving excellent reviews. Jon Hamm and Greg Mottola made a financial sacrifice for a worthwhile cause.