10 Actors Who Got Paid To Do Pretty Much Nothing

2. Mark Hamill – Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Star Wars The Force Awakens

After officially joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Mark Hamill was informed by the director, JJ Abrams, that his character, Luke Skywalker, wouldn't have a prominent appearance, since the story would focus on a new generation of heroes. Despite receiving this warning, Hamill still assumed he would have a reasonable amount to do.

Sadly, Hamill (and the entire Star Wars community) was disappointed to see the iconic Jedi only show up in one dialogue-free scene. Because Luke is regarded as the face of George Lucas' franchise, it was bizarre to see the Force-wielding hero have such a minimal role in this sequel.

But what's more bizarre is how much he got paid. Despite the fact he didn't do anything except turn around and remove his hood, Hamill was paid a million dollars. By comparison, his salary for the original Star Wars was $650,000.

Stranger still, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega recieved an insultingly low fee of $300,000 for The Force Awakens. This means Mark Hamill, who can be technically classified as an extra in the film, earned over triple the amount of the lead actors.


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