8 Actors Who Turned Down Crazy Money To Appear In Movie Sequels

Which actor turned down a whopping $29 million to star in a comedy sequel?

Most of us would relish the chance to turn down $10 million and not even care, uttering something along the lines of "Oh, well, no bother" whilst sipping on a pina colada. Unfortunately for the majority of people on the planet, though, an opportunity like that is unlikely to come up because nobody is ever going to offer them a payment of $10 million. There is one group of people, however, who are lucky enough - from time to time - to find themselves presented with this delicious scenario. Said group, of course, is made up of actors - those rich, pampered pretenders who spend their days doing things like "getting into character." Actors get paid a lot, you see, and - if one of their movies is deemed successful - it often results in the chance to get paid even more for the inevitable sequel. Whilst most actors will blindly say "Yes" to a sequel on the basis of a very large paycheck, there are some actors who - for a number of reasons - have actually turned down the chance to reprise famous roles in follow-up movies, thus depriving themselves of huge (and often insane) amounts of money in the process. What the hell were they thinking?


Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.