Get over Hollywood’s richest stars, it’s time we acknowledge the real deal in the show business! Crystal, the famous celebrity monkey we know from ‘Community’, ‘The Hangover 2’, and ‘Night at the Museum’, earns $12000 per episode! Keep reading to find out Crystal’s net worth!
If you remember the Wolf Pack’s trip to Thailand in ‘Hangover 2’, you probably can never get over the cigarette smoking, badass drug mule, or should we say monkey? Crystal, the monkey, was a part of the cast along with Ken Jeong in both ‘Community’ and ‘The Hangover 2’. What’s even more interesting is that Crystal, the monkey named Annie’s Boobs from ‘Community’ and many other Hollywood projects, has literally given the stars a run for their money.
The superstar monkey from Community might be richer than other rich stars
- All you need to know about Crystal, the monkey
- Crystal’s Hollywood monkey business
- How much does Crystal earn?
All you need to know about Crystal, the monkey
A 26-year-old Capuchin monkey, Crystal, is one of the red carpet divas who has been the talk of Hollywood ever since people laid their eyes on her. Trained and handled by Thomas Gunderson, Crystal, the monkey has appeared in over 20 movies and series including ‘Community’. Gunderson, Crystal’s manager if we may, is the one who gave Crystal her name, which came to him once when he was listening to a song by Crystal Gayle sitting in his car. This was just after Gunderson had taken on the task of training Crystal in 1996, and the monkey has been a part of his family ever since.
According to Gunderson, Crystal is a professional when it comes to her career. He told “People”, “Most monkeys are liars, Crystal is not. She’s not a good liar. She’s very honest. She takes her work very seriously”.
Although Crystal has been a part of multiple Hollywood projects, her appearance in the ‘Hangover 2’ premier stole the show. She entered the Red Carpet with the charm and grace of a quintessential Hollywood diva and stole the thunder of the main cast of the film. However, Gunderson claims that Crystal might have become a Hollywood diva overnight, but, in reality, she is the opposite.
“She doesn’t understand all this stuff. When we were on the red carpet, there was a lot of noise, a lot of lights, a lot to keep her stimulated. Most monkeys would probably be stressed out and not want to be there. She stands right out there and smiles and waves”.
Crystal’s Hollywood monkey business
Crystal turned its monkey business into show business long before the NBC series ‘Community’ happened for her. She has been a part of major Hollywood projects and stars like Justin Bieber and Bradley Cooper are her unflinching fans. Crystal’s Hollywood journey began with ‘George of the Jungle’ and there has been no looking back for her ever since.
However, her big break was not until she bagged the role of the annoying slapping monkey, Dexter, in ‘Night at the Museum’ and its sequel, ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian’. Ben Stiller, the lead actor of the film, poked fun at his colleague when he said,
“I really dislike the monkey. There’s no way to feel great about having a monkey slap your face on any level”.
Crystal, the monkey, went on to play parts in many films and shows from there, including ‘Hangover 2’ and ‘Community’, where she acted alongside Ken Jeong both the times. She has also acted alongside Matt Damon in the Christmas movie, ‘We Bought a Zoo’. Later, she also appeared in a significant role in NBC’s ‘Animal Practice’. All of Crystal’s co-stars have been all praises about the monkey including Jeong who claimed her to be one of the best actors he has ever worked with. Bradley Cooper, too, was impressed with Crystal’s acting skills and even said that she deserves an Oscar!
How much does Crystal earn?
Crystal, the Capuchin monkey’ from ‘Community’ and many other popular Hollywood projects, has made quite a life for Gunderson and herself. Undoubtedly, her big star status has earned her a spot among Hollywood’s highest-paid actors. “TV Guide Magazine” also listed Crystal as one of the highest-paid Hollywood stars.
Crystal’s net worth, although unknown, should not be less than a skyrocketing amount, given that she earns $12,000 per episode. Sure, she might not be as highly paid as say Ashton Kutcher who charged $700,000 for playing Walden Schmidt in ‘Two and a Half Men’, but Crystal still stands among the top 5 of Hollywood’s highest-paid stars. We mean, if you really think about it, $12,000 per episode is worth a lot of bananas!
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