“Candyman” Star Tony Todd Got a bonus Every Time He Got Stung

Speaking of odd ways to earn some more money… 

Actor and lead in the 1992 Bernard Rose-directed horror classic, Candyman, Tony Todd revealed that every time he was stung by a bee he received a $1,000 bonus. 

“I negotiated a bonus of $1,000 for every sting during the bee scene,” Todd said. “And I got stung 23 times. Everything that’s worth making has to involve some sort of pain. Once I realized it was an important part of who Candyman was, I embraced it. It was like putting on a beautiful coat.”

So year, Todd eventually received $23,000 on top of what he was already earning as compensation for being stung by bees on set. 

Of the forthcoming reimagining of the film from Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) from a screenplay by Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld Todd said, “Let’s see what Jordan Peele produces with his sequel. They’re planning to shoot entirely in Chicago, where Cabrini-Green has been torn down and gentrified — the new film will explore all that.”