Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past few years, you’ve heard of successful Crowd-funding stories, where people have raised anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars online. Websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo give people a platform to raise money for their creative projects, and an opportunity to pursue something they wouldn’t otherwise be able to, without money; such as publishing a book, producing a film, recording a CD or creating a product. Crowdfunding sites have not only become popular among the general population, they’ve also become surprisingly popular among wealthy celebrities. Here are the twelve poorest celebs that “can’t” afford to fund their own projects.
12. Shemar Moore – The Bounce Back
In June 2013, Criminal Minds star, Shemar Moore started a campaign with a $1.5 million goal to produce the film, The Bounce Back. The film would star Moore and is described as a “romantic comedy about finding the courage to find love.” On its Kickstarter page, Shemar writes, “If we don’t reach the ultimate goal . . . I feel confident we can find the rest through regular channels . . . a.k.a. those dreaded financiers. At a minimum, if we raise 50% of that final budget we can make, The Bounce Back happen, the way I envision it.” The final amount Moore raised via Crowdfunding was $638,483. Shemar Moore has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
11. Robert Englund – Fear Clinic
In June 2013, actor Robert Englund created an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funding needed to make the film, Fear Clinic, which is based on the horror web series, Fear Clinic. Of the $150,000 goal, $68,818 was raised. The film will star Robert Englund and is set to be released in October 2014. Robert Englund has an estimated net worth of $14 million.
10. Melissa Joan Hart – Darci’s Walk of Shame
In April 2013, Melissa Joan Hart started a campaign with a $2 million goal to fund the romantic comedy, Darci’s Walk of Shame. The film would star Melissa as an ex-school teacher, who travels to Thailand solo to attend her sister’s wedding and ends up sleeping with a waiter. However, one month into its 45-day run, Hart cancelled the campaign after earning only $51,605 from 315 backers. Poor, Sabrina! Melissa Joan Hart has an estimated net worth of $14 million.
9. Kristen Bell & Rob Thomas – Veronica Mars Movie
In April 2013, actress Kristen Bell and director Rob Thomas made Kickstarter history, when they raised $5.7 million on their $2 million campaign goal. Their campaign to make a Veronica Mars movie had more than 91,000 backers and was the fastest project to reach $2 million (in just 10 hours). Bell and Thomas followed through on their end of the deal. Veronica Mars (the movie), hit theaters in March 2014 and grossed $3.4 million worldwide at the box office. Kristen Bell has an estimated net worth of $8 million and Rob Thomas has an estimated net worth of $17 million.
8. James Franco – Palo Alto Adaptation
In June 2013, James Franco started a Crowdfunding campaign to raise the money needed to adapt a series of short stories from his first book, Palo Alto, into three films: Memoria, Killing Animals and Yosemite. The short stories draw from, and are inspired by Franco’s experiences in high school. Of his $500,000 campaign goal, James raised $327,929. James Franco has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
7. Zach Braff – Wish I Was Here
In April 2013, Zach Braff started a campaign with a goal of $2 million to fund his film, Wish I Was Here. Zach and his brother wrote the script as a follow up to to Zach’s 2004 movie, Garden State. The project ended up raising $3.1 million, via Kickstarter and Wish I Was Here hit theaters in July 2104. As of August 3rd, the film grossed $3 million in the box office worldwide. Zach Braff has an estimated net worth of $22 million.
6. Katherine Heigl – Jenny’s Wedding Soundtrack
In February 2014, Katherine Heigl started an Indiegogo campaign to raise $150,000 for the soundtrack to her film, Jenny’s Wedding. Heigl stars as Jenny, a woman who decides to marry another woman, forcing her conventional family to accept who she is. The project raised $96,691, failing to reach its $150,000 goal. Katherine Heigl has an estimated net worth of $25 million.
5. Don Cheadle – Miles Ahead
In June 2014, actor Don Cheadle began a Crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to raise $325,000 in order to bring Miles Davis’s story to the big screen. The film is titled, Miles Ahead and Don Cheadle is set to direct and star in the film. The campaign surpassed its goal and raised $343,494 dollars. Don Cheadle has an estimated net worth of $30 million.
4. Spike Lee – The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint
In July 2013, popular filmmaker, Spike Lee created a Kickstarter campaign called, “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint,” to fund his newest film project. The film has no real title and is described as, “Human beings who are addicted to Blood. Funny, Sexy and Bloody. A new kind of love story (and not a remake of Blacula).” Of his $1.25 million goal, Spike raised $1.4 million. Spike Lee has an estimated net worth of $40 million.
3. Whoopi Goldberg – I Got Somethin’ To Tell You Documentary
In June 2012, Whoopi Goldberg used Kickstarter to Crowdfund a documentary titled, I Got Somethin’ To Tell You. Whoopi Goldberg is set to direct the documentary, which is about an American stand-up comedian, Moms Mabley, who’s considered a pioneer in the comedy world. Whoopi raised $73,764 of her $65,000 goal. Whoopi Goldberg has an estimated net worth of $45 million.
2. Shaquille O’Neal – Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn video game
In March 2013, Shaquille O’Neal launched a Crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to fund a sequel to his 1994 video game, Shaq-Fu titled, Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn. The tagline for the sequel game is, “Shaq-Fu returns and this time, we won’t FU it up!” The project surpassed its $450,000 goal, raising $473,884. Shaquille O’Neal has an estimated net worth of $350 million.
1. Sylvester Stallone – Reach Me
In August 2013, Sylvester Stallone started a Crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, in order to raise the funds needed for post-production costs of the film, Reach Me. The film stars Sylvester Stallone, Kelsey Grammar, Danny Trejo, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, Nelly, Kevin Connolly, Cary Elwes and Tom Berenger, to name a few. Sylvester Stallone raised $181,140 of his $50,000 goal and the film will hit theaters in October 2014. Sylvester Stallone has an estimated net worth of $400 million, while the combined net worth of the actors/actresses starring in Reach Me, is a staggering $683 million.