This Matrix star was fired from the franchise after asking for a promotion.

Matrix fever is in the air again. Not even a week has passed since the last installment of the franchise – Resurrection matrix – debuted in the United States, the film has already grossed nearly $ 70 million worldwide. It was another milestone in the journey, which began with the first acquaintance of the Wachowski brothers and sisters. Matrix the film back in 1999, and went through two other sequels – Matrix reloaded and Matrix revolutions (both from 2003).


One actor who was in this first film may look back with a touch of regret, however, after being fired from the franchise and his character was discharged for asking producers for exorbitant wages. Marcus Chong portrayed the character Tank in the original film. He was supposed to reprise the role at least in the first sequels, but his claims – allegedly worth $ 1 million – dashed any hopes for it.

Marcus Chong’s tank has become an integral part of the plot of “The Matrix”

According to Rotten Tomatoes, Matrix this is the story of a computer hacker named Neo, [who] believes that Morpheus, an elusive figure considered the most dangerous person in the world, can answer his question: “What is the Matrix?” Neo is contacted by Trinity, a beautiful stranger, who leads him to the underworld, where he meets Morpheus. They are fighting a fierce battle for their lives with a squad of viciously clever secret agents. It’s a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life. “

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The secret agents in this story are actually intelligent programs designed to eliminate any threats to the simulated reality that humans live in (The Matrix). The character Morpheus has a flying ship known as Nebuchadnezzar, piloted and controlled by two brothers, Dozer and Tank, respectively.

Washington native Chong has joined renowned actors Keanu Reeves (Neo), Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity). Tank Dozer’s brother was played by Anthony Ray Parker. Tank was an integral part of the original story arc as he rescues Neo and Trinity from death and pulls them out of the Matrix.

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Chong turns down $ 400,000 offer for two original Matrix sequels

Next incredible success of the first filmChong was asked to continue the role of Tank in two sequels, along with the other protagonists. At the time, it was reported that the total offer was about $ 400,000, with that amount split equally between each film. Unfortunately, the actor turned down the offer, demanding instead a $ 1 million payment and a level playing field for the likes of Fishburne, Reeves and Moss.

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The production studio was not interested in Chong’s counter-offer and instead opted to write out his character in its entirety. In the weeks that followed, the actor also found himself on the wrong side of the law, as he was arrested on charges of repeatedly making threats on the phone in connection with this turn of events.

In a recent interview with Blog Talk Radio, Chong did not deny the accusation, “I called [the Wachowskis] to their voicemail, and I said, “Hey, if you send someone to my house to do hell to me, I’ll come and kill you.”

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Chong felt frustrated at Warner Bros.

In the same interview, Chong, who was actually born Markus Wyatt, admitted that he was disappointed with Warner Bros. Studios because he had a history of collaborating with them before. “They wanted to starve me to death, keep all my money, take all my leftovers, not give me any pension loans, not give me any medical loans. And I was upset because I worked for Warner Bros. when I was 10 years old. v Rootsso they had a long relationship with me. “

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In fact, acting on Roots: next generations was one of his first. Prior to that, he only appeared on an episode of NBC. Small house on the prairie. His most notable role is as Miguel Mendes in the crime thriller. Street justice since the early 1990s. He starred in 24 episodes before the show was canceled after a second season in 1993.

The aftermath of his disagreement with Warner Bros. and the Wachowskis severely damaged Chong’s career. Since his speech on Matrix, his only other recognized feature film was Crow: Evil Prayer in 2005 openly rejected by the public and critics the same. If he accepted $ 400,000, things could be a completely different world.

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