How much would you want to get paid every time you got stung by a bee on a movie set where you were likely to get stung by bees a lot?
“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.”
In Candyman, Todd plays an artist who turns into a supernatural killer after being killed by bee stings. The film is set in the once poverty-stricken Chicago district of Cabrini-Green.
The actor also teased the “reimagining” of Candyman, which is being directed by Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) from a screenplay by Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld.
“Let’s see what Jordan Peele produces with his sequel,” said Todd. “They’re planning to shoot entirely in Chicago, where Cabrini-Green has been torn down and gentrified — the new film will explore all that.
Watch the trailer for the original Candyman above.