Jonah Hill wanted to work with Martin Scorsese so bad, that he wasn’t worried about the paycheck. He was offered $60,000 to do Wolf Of Wall Street and he signed on board the same day he was offered the contract. Leonardo DiCaprio was paid $25 million for his role. That is quite a difference!
Tom Cruise was already a movie star when he bookedMagnolia. He was so impressed with the script, he accepted the $100,000 offer with no questions. It was all worth it in the end when he received a Golden Globe for his role in the film.
After everyone fell in love with Ryan Gosling in The Notebook, he decided to star in a low-budget film called Half Nelson. He was only paid $1000 a week to do the movie. In the end it was worth it when he got his first ever Oscar nomination.
In 1999, Hilary was offered $3,000 for her work in Boys Don’t Cry. The movie changed her life and she received an Oscar for her performance. This movie opened many doors for her and she then went on to do more great work and made way more money doing it.
The Graduate was Dustin Hoffman’s first big break. It was 1967 and he was offered $17,000, which wasn’t even enough to pay off his debt at the time. In the end, that paycheck didn’t matter and he became one of the biggest movie stars ever thanks to his performance.
In 2010, Jennifer Lawrence received $3,000 for her role in Winter’s Bone. Her unbelievable performance caught the attention of critics and she earned an Oscar nomination. This was the beginning of a successful career as Hollywood’s “It Girl.”
7. Harrison Ford In 'Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope'
Rumor has it that Harrison Ford turned down the offer to play Han Solo because of the pay. They were only offering $1,000 a week. In the end, he accepted the role and it would be the best decision that he ever made in his life.
Jim Carrey decided that he didn’t want to make any money upfront for his starring role in Yes Man. Instead he wanted to receive 36.7 percent of the box office revenue. This was a smart move because the movie raked in nearly 35 million dollars.
Bill Murray was well into his career when he bookedRushmore. He was so eager to play the role that he accepted the offer of only $9,000. He then wrote a check for $25,000 to rent a helicopter for filming when the studio refused.
Singer Adam Levine made his big screen debut in the movie Begin Again. When asked about the experience, he revealed that he did the movie for free.
“I did this movie for no money. I’m very lucky that I’m in that position. I want to treat acting completely differently because I have the very fortunate luxury of not having to think of this in terms of money.”
“There were no perks. No trailer, no driver, no BS, just a great role, a great director. Hell, on The Purge, I slept on his couch the whole shoot,” the actor said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
He instead agreed to take a percentage of the profit in exchange for his performance.
Halloween was the first movie that Jamie Lee Curtis ever booked. Believe it or not, she was only paid $8,000 for her role. That is a far cry from the $3 million she made on the sequel, Halloween: Resurrection.
George Clooney wanted to make the movie Good Night, and Good Luck so bad that he took a $1 salary for his role in the movie. He then took $1 for writing the movie and $1 for directing it. He also mortgaged his house to finance it.