Michael Caton is still best-known as Darryl Kerrigan on The Castle and, almost 25 years on, it’s been revealed how much he was paid for his role.

The amount was disclosed by Caton’s son Septimus during last week’s episode of Australian Story, which looked at the highs and lows of his father’s career and his latest battle – life now imitating art – fighting against a $3.7 billion coal seam gas project in NSW.

The Aussie actor was paid just $3000 for his work on The Castle.

As Septimus put it: “Eleven-day shoot, $3000, but decades of career after. That’s the real payment of The Castle.”

After wondering if he’d ever work again after his role in The Sullivans, taking a gamble on The Castle completely paid off in other ways – Caton’s career was revitalised, later appearing in on shows like All Saints, Hot Property, Packed To The Rafters and in films such as Strange Bedfellows.

At the box office, The Castle pulled more than $10m.

Thing is, while we can’t think of one other actor who could deliver ‘straight to the pool room’ or ‘tell ’em they’re dreaming’, Caton said he was a ‘last-minute replacement’ for the film. He didn’t reveal who he replaced but said The Castle “changed everything” for him.


“Prior to that, I was like the old couch in the corner, you know, a bit dusty and faded, jaded.”

Caton recently reprised his role in Packed to the Rafters for Amazon’s upcoming sequel series, Back to the Rafters.


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