One of the great things about appearing in a Batman movie is being part of a weird and wonderful world. Many of the actors get paid to put on imaginative costumes and really throw themselves into their characters.
OK, so the make-up application can be a pretty exhaustive process, but the end result is something truly memorable – especially when combined with the costumes. And as such, many actors want to take a piece of their character home with them, once the movie has wrapped.
One of these actors was Arnold Schwarzenegger, who appeared in the role of Mr. Freeze in 1997’s Batman & Robin. For the part, Arnie wore a 45lb Freeze suit – something he wanted to keep after he finished the film.
Warner Bros. Pictures agreed to let the actor take a Freeze suit home with him, but under one proviso – he wouldn’t own it. The actor rents the costume from the studio for an annual fee.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter back in 2015, Batman & Robin producer, Peter Macgregor-Scott, said: “Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted a costume of Mr. Freeze. It went all the way up to the top of the studio. He had to sign a contract, and I think he pays $1 per year to borrow the costume. The lights in those costumes last 9,000 hours. He doesn’t have them on all day long, but he does turn them on quite frequently.”
Paying $1 a year doesn’t sound too bad – it is clearly a token fee to establish the costume is a loan – but I wonder if he ever puts it on? Surely it would be the ultimate Halloween costume, right?