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8 Supporting Actors Who Were Paid SIGNIFICANTLY More Than The Main Star

8. Robin Williams Made More Than Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting)

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If Matt Damon wasn't already on the map, then he definitely was after starring in 1997's Good Will Hunting. The film - which he co-wrote with Ben Affleck - won two Academy Awards and made over $200 million, a huge success that sent the young actor on a positive career streak that he's still enjoying today.

Back in the late '90s though, Robin Williams was easily the bigger name, and so, he earned a much more sizable paycheque than Damon - despite being billed as a supporting player.

On The Bill Simmons Podcast in 2018, Damon revealed that he sold the Good Will Hunting script for $600,000 - which he split with Ben Affleck - and got $350,000 for acting in the film, making for a $650,000 overall payday.

Williams, on the other hand, made a shrewd deal that saw him take less upfront, in exchange for a cut of the profits. He was paid $5 million before starting (which was a bargain, because he could easily have asked for triple that amount), but because the movie did so well, his deal saw that figure rise significantly.

But even with just that upfront salary, he made around eight times what Damon did.

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