We often hear stories of celebrities who get so involved in their career that they fail to maintain a balance in their personal life. But contrary to that is the life of the adept horror movie director, Eli Roth, who has been able to gain much recognition through his works and at the same time maintained a perfect body structure that earned him the Most Fit Director title in the July 2006 edition of Men’s Fitness magazine.
Roth has grown to become one of the biggest names in the film industry for his work as a director of projects like Cabin Fever, Restaurant Dogs, Hostel, and its sequel, Hostel II. Besides directing, he is also a reputable screenwriter and producer who has written and produced many critically acclaimed movies and TV shows like Grindhouse, The Man With The Iron Fists, and The Green Inferno. He has also displayed his multi-talents by featuring as an actor.
Eli Roth Began Producing Movies as a Child Alongside His Brothers
Eli Roth enjoyed watching movies as a child. Alongside his older brothers Adam and Gabriel, the sons of Cora and Sheldon Roth began making short films from the time he was eight years of age. He reportedly developed a strong ardor for making movies after watching Alien (1979) by Ridley Scott.
Roth attended Newton South High School for his basic education. Before completion of his high school education, he and his brothers had successfully shot over ninety short movies. To hone his skills, the young man enrolled at the New York-based Tisch School of the Arts where he graduated from in 1994.
While in college, Eli Roth did many jobs to raise money for his films, including disguising as a woman to work as an online cybersex operator for Penthouse Magazine. He also worked as a production assistant on motion pictures and helped renowned producer Frederick Zollo run his office.
Following his relocation to Los Angeles in 1999, Roth was contracted by the CEO of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) to write, direct, edit, produce, animate, and do a voice-over for a short animated series called Chowdaheads for Mandalay Sports Entertainment. But before the series could be aired during WCW Monday Intro, the CEO was relieved of his duties on the weekend before the premiere of the series and it was never broadcasted.
He Attained Success with ‘Cabin Fever’ in 2001
Eli Roth never doubted his talent after working on Chowdaheads. He went on to produce, direct, and co-write the commercially successful movie, Cabin Fever, in 2001 on a budget of $1.5 million raised from private investors. At the Toronto Film Festival in the following year, the film was purchased by Lion’s Gate for $3.5 million and went on to gross over $35 million worldwide. For his work in Cabin Fever, he received Shockfest Film Festival’s Shocker Award of the Year for Best Feature, as well as many award nominations.
In 2003, Roth used some episodes of Chowdaheads to produce a stop Motion TV series titled The Rotten Fruit. Two years later, he worked as the executive producer of the box office success horror film, Hostel, followed by its sequel in 2007. Hostel claimed Jury Prize for Best Film at Austin Fantastic Fest. In 2010, he produced another commercially successful film, The Last Exorcism. The supernatural horror film received positive reviews from critics and grossed over $67 million worldwide on a budget of $1.8 million.
Eli Roth also produced its sequel, The Last Exorcism Part II, in 2013, but it wasn’t as successful as the first installment. The movie earned $25 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $5 million. Still, in the same year, he produced the horror-thriller, The Sacrament, followed by Clown the next year, which earned $2.1 million on a budget of $1.5 million. He further displayed his talent in subsequent projects such as Hemlock Grove (2013-15), The Stranger (2014), Knock Knock (2015), Lab Coats: Life After the Zombie Apocalypse (2015), Chainsaw (2015), 1 Minute Horror (2015), South of Hell (2015), Real Scares (2015-16), and Two on the Run (2016).
Later in 2017, Roth was credited as the co-producer of the blockbuster movie, Baywatch, which grossed more than $177 million worldwide on a budget of $65-69 million. Other production credits he has accrued to his name include 2001 Maniacs (2005), Grindhouse (2007), Curiosity (2011), Aftershock (2012), The Man with the Iron Fists (2012), The Green Inferno (2013), This Forgotten Day in Fright (2015), and Haunt (2019).
For his performance as the executive producer of the mini-series documentary, Eli Roth’s History of Horror (2018-present), the adroit filmmaker was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Real screen Awards show in 2020.
Eli Roth Directed Most of the Projects He Produced
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During his time in college, Eli Roth recreated and directed Quentin Tarantino‘s Reservoir Dogs in a student film named Restaurant Dogs. The movie later won Division III Student Oscar Award in 1995. Over the years, he has gone ahead to earn himself a reputation in Hollywood as he has directed all his movies on low budgets and they went on recouping their production costs in excess at the box office.
After he made his directorial debut with Cabin Fever in 2002, Roth directed and produced his second horror motion picture, Hostel, in 2005 on a $4 million budget. The film went on to open at number one at the US box office, earning $20 million the first weekend. It grossed $80 million worldwide and more than $180 million on DVD. It was also voted the Best Horror Film of 2007 by Empire Magazine readers and clenched the No. 1 spot on Bravo TV’s 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments. The movie equally landed him a Jury Prize for Best Director at the Austin Fantastic Fest.
More so, the sequel of the aforementioned movie, Hostel II which he also directed, premiered in 2007 and was critically and commercially successful as it earned $35 million in box office worldwide and $50 million on DVD against a $10.2 million budget despite it having leaked online before its premiere.
In the same 2007, Roth worked as the director and narrator of Thanksgiving, a faux trailer segment for the American double feature, Grindhouse.
He Gained Wider Recognition as a Director in the 2010s
Working as the director of the 2013 horror film, The Green Inferno, which was inspired by the Italian cannibal movie Cannibal Holocaust, Eli Roth and his crew shot the movie in an Amazonian village that has no electricity and running water. The film was produced on a budget of $5 million and it recouped $12.9 million theatrically and also landed him the iHorror Award for Best Horror Director in 2016.
Roth further proved his mettle as one of the most profitable movie directors in 2018 when he directed two commercially successful films; Death Wish and The House with a Clock on Its Walls. The former earned $49.6 million at the worldwide box office on a budget of $30 million while the latter grossed over $131 million on a budget of $42 million. His directing skills can further be seen in The Rotten Fruit, Hemlock Grove, Knock Knock, and South of Hell.
The Producer and Director Has Done a Slew of Writing Since Kicking Off His Career
After penning down the script for Restaurant Dogs in 1984, Eli Roth started writing the script for Cabin Fever while working on the set of Private Parts (1997) as a production assistant for Howard Stern. It was based on his experience of contracting a skin infection in Iceland back in 1991. He later finished the script as a co-writer with his university bunkmate, Randy Pearlstein. The film, which as stated above was quite successful, further received positive reviews from widely read magazines like Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and Empire Magazine.
This was a sign of many great things to come from Roth who followed it up by writing box office hits like Hostel and its sequel. He won the Austin Fantastic Fest’s Jury Prize for Best Screenplay for his work in Hostel. Also, in 2004, he received a Filmmaker’s Showcase Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, and was equally inducted into Fangoria Hall of Fame in 2006.
Later in 2012, he provided the screenplay for Aftershock and The Man with the Iron Fists. After writing the scripts for The Green Inferno in 2013, Roth served as the scriptwriter of Knock Knock two years later, a remake of the 1997 movie, Death Game.
Knock Knock was a commercial success having grossed $6.3 million worldwide on a budget of $2 million. For his contributions to the horror film genre, Eli was additionally honored with Stanley Film Festival’s Visionary Award in 2013.
Eli Roth Has Also Appeared Infront of the Camera
Besides being a screenwriter, director, and producer, Eli Roth is also an actor who has featured in over twenty-five movies and TV series, claiming a handful of accolades in the process. He debuted as an actor in a video titled The WWF’s Grand Slams in 1986 before going ahead to appear in Bluebob: Thank You, Judge (1999), and Terror Firmer (1999). In the following year, he played an unnamed role in Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000).
Following his minor role in Cabin Fever (2002), he scored other minor roles in Tales from the Crapper (2004) and 2001 Maniacs (2005) before playing a dual role in Grindhouse (2007). Later in 2009, he played his best known acting role to date, Sgt. Donny Donowitz in Inglorious Basterds. For his role in the war film, the actor gained 35 pounds of muscle and also learned how to cut hair at Umberto Salon situated in Beverly Hills.
Following the excellent execution of his role, Eli Roth won several awards, including Screen Actor Guild Award, Awards Circuit Community Award, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award, CinEuphoria Award, Eyegore Award, Gold Derby Award, Phoenix Film Critics Society Award, and San Diego Film Critics Society Award.
After that role, he had roles in Don’t Look Up (2009), Piranha 3D (2010), Rock of Ages (2012), Aftershock (2012), Que Pena Tu Familia (2012), and Clown (2014). In 2018, he was cast as Comrade Ivan in The House with a Clock in Its Walls where he had a performance that earned him a Capri Master of Fantasy Award.
He Has Amassed Huge Wealth From His Work in the Movie Business
Having made a name for himself in the horror film genre with a slew of critically and commercially successful films, Eli Roth has amassed a tremendous fortune for himself coupled with his acting exploits. He has produced more than thirty-five projects and has equally written, directed, and acted in a good number of films and TV series. It wouldn’t be a surprise to find out that his financial value is estimated at $19 million which is still on the rise.
His Wealth Has Increased Through Other Side Ventures
Beyond his exploits in the film industry, Eli Roth is an entrepreneur who has made investments in some film production companies which he co-founded. Along with other filmmakers such as Scott Spiegel, Boaz Yakin, and the Greenerstreet Films, Eli co-founded a horror movie production company called Raw Nerve in the year 2003.
In 2015, he co-founded a digital company, Crypt TV, which focuses on the production of short horror content. He has additionally increased his finances by serving as the host of Shark After Shark on the Discovery Channel.
Eli Roth was Previously Married to Chilean Actress Lorenza Izzo
While working on the set of The Green Inferno as a director in 2013, Eli Roth got acquainted with the Chilean model and actress Lorenza Izzo whom he later cast in the main role after discovering her fluency in English. Through their working relationship, the pair bonded properly and eventually began dating.
On November 8th, 2014, they exchanged marital vows in a beach ceremony held in Zapallar, Chile. They stayed married for almost four years, a time during which the two went on vacations and equally graced many red carpet events together. Surprisingly, in July 2018, the award-winning director filed for divorce from his beauteous wife whom he professed to love with all his heart in an IG post dated September 19th, 2017.
In a statement released regarding their split on social media in July 2018, Eli and Lorenza stated that they would remain the best of friends and still love each other. However, the pair didn’t reveal the reason for separating except citing humorously that they decided to go their separate ways to avoid killing each other. The former couple separated amicably and their marriage didn’t produce any child.
He Dated Mick Jagger’s Ex After The Divorce
Weeks after filing for divorce from his estranged wife, Eli Roth was spotted with film producer Noor Alfallah who is popularly known for having a short-lived affair with famed musician Mick Jagger. The two first attended a wedding reception in Malibu, California in August 2018 before going out to lunch some weeks later. They eventually called off the relationship and the Hostel director has not been linked to any other romantic partner since then.