Lee Curreri says forged of ‘Fame’ TV present was not nicely paid


Being on TV will not be all it’s cracked as much as be, in keeping with “Fame” star Lee Curreri.

The actor, who performed Bruno Martelli within the 1980 film and its small-screen spinoff from 1982 to 1987, revealed that the present’s forged was not precisely nicely compensated.

“We have been getting lower than folks in half-hour sitcoms have been getting,” Curreri solely advised Web page Six. “So think about you’re making form of a middle-class wage however you’re on TV so everybody expects you to be rich.

“And also you’ve received a supervisor and an agent and typically even a publicist,” he continued. “And that cash goes actually rapidly except you complement it in different methods by reaching outdoors and doing different issues.”

The Bronx-born musician, 60, was fast to notice, nonetheless, that “breaking out by yourself” can usually upset community brass and producers as a result of “then they’ve an unstable forged and so they need everybody to be form of subservient.”

He added, “It’s simply throughout a tough factor, and also you don’t actually get anyplace except you’re a insurgent.”

Curreri was only a 19-year-old scholar on the Manhattan College of Music when a trainer beneficial him to the “Fame” film’s casting agent to play the shy however proficient pianist.

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

After starring within the Oscar-winning flick, the performer reprised his function as Bruno within the TV collection. He known as the present an “attention-grabbing” expertise, as he didn’t have somebody to information him via the pitfalls and “Hollywood hierarchy.”

“It was a lesson for me,” he defined. “And it’s a lesson that’s arduous to study till you’re out of it and you then go, ‘Oh yeah, I see what was occurring there. And I see how I might have dealt with that in another way. And I see how illustration is meant to take over at this level.’”

As of late, Curreri is completely happy being behind the scenes. He’s at present busy engaged on Christmas songs for holiday-themed reveals.

He’s additionally set to seem in Tuesday’s “Stars within the Home” recreation evening, which is able to characteristic the forged of “Fame” squaring off in opposition to “Glee” alums together with Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale. All funds raised from the livestreamed occasion assist The Actors Fund.


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