How Colic Pushed Jason Bateman Into Doing ‘Juno’

January 30, 2013

Jason said he almost said no to ‘Juno’: “We’d just had a child and I said no. … [Then] I re-read the script and what sealed the deal for me was that–and I’m not proud of this–my daughter was colicky.

And she was screaming her ass off. It was driving me bananas. I called my manager and I said, ‘Where does it shoot?’ He said, ‘Vancouver.’ I said, ‘How long?’ He said, ‘Three weeks.’ And I said, ‘I’ll take it.'”

And look where it got him, “I look like a genius. … Because of the late negotiation, things worked out OK on that. The beak continues to get wet from ‘Juno.’ It was good for all of us.”

While he wasn’t specific about the details of his deal, Jason pointed out that ‘Juno’ was shot for $7 million–and made over $150 million. Even just a single back-end “point” would be worth well over $1 million.