Let me see if I can preface this.
I fuckin' kill myself to make movies. Fuckin' kill myself. I work harder than ANYBODY I know to make a movie as good as it can be. The physical and mental tolls it takes are really the reason why making movies is a young man's game.
I fuckin' pay my actors. The majority of actual cast get a paycheck, and--with one exception--if I tell you an amount I'm going to pay, you get that amount. (and that actor was also a producer who was aware we might run out of money before the end)
Know who doesn't get paid? Me.
Then I put together a premiere. It's another godforsaken amount of work on top of the movie. Finding the locale, renting it, making sure the movie's going to look good on a theater screen and sound okay. Finding the location for the afterparty, dealing with that.
I have VERY FEW comp seats at the premiere. I let the lucky few know they have comp seats, that there are no more, and to please not brag about their comp seats as not everybody got them.
Today, an actor who didn't get a comp seat posts on FB that he just bought his ticket and is excited to see the film. Cool.
So ANOTHER actor, a douche bag who got a free ticket, posts right under there "But actors get a COMP ticket, don't they?" and then tags me in the post. He calls me out in public.
I am pretty fuckin' livid, in case you didn't get that from how many fuckin' fucks are in this post. I don't bother with the high road anymore. I put "We had the choice to either do a premiere with very limited comp seating or do no premiere at all. Which one did you prefer,
He replies that he doesn't know who that was, then sends me a private message to please remove that as he as an NDR with the company(yeah right).
Man, fuck that guy. Wasn't gonna ever work with him again, but if there had ever been the slightest chance...it's funny, was just talking to another filmmaker who was thinking about hiring the guy and we totally talked him out it. Now I feel even more justified.