10 Actors Who Were Paid Almost Nothing For Great Roles

Who knew Disney was so cheap?


We're often led to believe that acting is all glitz and glamour, with posh movie premieres and eye-popping visual effects spectacles absolutely reeking of the kind of money that you must be earning if you appear in one of those big movies, right?

Wrong. There are so many factors at play when determining how much an actor should be paid, that some of the biggest movie stars of all time have walked away from some great projects with very little financial compensation to show for it.

It's not just the big names who are affected by this, either: the same can also be true for actors in supporting or cameo roles. But no matter the level of star power and no matter the size of the role, you might think that a big movie would equal a similarly massive paycheque. But that's not always the case.

Just because you're appearing in a massive franchise like Star Wars or Harry Potter or even if you're working with a respected director or studio, that doesn't automatically mean you're guaranteed to walk away with a tidy slice of the profits, whether you're a fresh-faced up-and-comer or a famous global star.


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