These 9 actors essentially have it made. In every movie they act in, they never deviate too far from their own personality, and they’re paid handsomely for it. They practically play the same character in every role. As unappealing as the idea of being typecast sounds to the average thespian, these 9 actors really don’t seem to mind, thanks to the millions they’re paid for pretty much playing a version of themselves in each movie they star in.
9. Michael Cera – $20 million
26 year old Michael Cera has been a child actor since the 90’s, but it was his role in Super Bad that gave him his big break. He’s been playing the awkward teenager ever since, in roles like Juno, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Year One and many more. At the rate he’s going, Michael may not have any plans to diversify his acting portfolio any time soon, reportedly commanding $2.4 million per film to play the socially awkward adolescent he’s known for. The actor is worth an estimated $20 million.
Helena Bonham Carter is best known for playing an eccentric, outlandish lunatic in the majority of her roles, and she plays it so believably, it’s hard to picture her playing anything more subdued. It’s also difficult to imagine that she’s not bringing some element of her natural personality to such convincingly erratic performances. Helena has starred in many of her director husband, Tim Burton’s films, including Sweeny Todd, Big fish, Alice in Wonderland and a plethora of other similarly unconventional roles. The actress is worth an estimated $24 million.
Comedic actor Will Ferrell is frequently cast as the not so bright, yet lovably, obnoxious goofball; as seen in Talladega Nights, Anchorman, Stepbrothers and Blades of Glory. The comedian has never starred in a drama, confessing that he doesn’t feel he’s “a good enough actor to play real tragedy.” Will has been earning $20 million per film since Kicking and Screaming (2005) and is worth a reported $80 million.
We’ve become familiar with Morgan Freeman’s presence in movies, as the wise elder gentleman, with his easily recognized commanding ,yet comforting, voice; as heard in Bruce Almighty, The Shawshank Redemption and Million Dollar Baby. The rich tone of Morgan’s narration adds depth and profoundness to any storyline, which is why we often hear the actor before seeing him appear on screen in many of his roles. The Oscar nominated actor is worth an estimated $150 million.
Comedic genius Jim Carrey often plays a wacky, hyper-active, over the top character like that of Count Olaf in A series of Unfortunate Events, Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask in The Mask and the list goes on. A lot of the most notable scenes in Jim Carrey’s films were completely improvised. According to imdb.com, Jim was the very first actor to be paid $20 million for The Cable Guy (1996). Although it’s hard to take a comedian as hilarious as Jim seriously, he’s also taken on dramatic roles, as seen in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Truman Show. The actor is worth an estimated $150 million.
A-lister Samuel L. Jackson is frequently cast as the loud, menacing, not to be messed with renegade, as seen in movies such as Pulp fiction, Snakes on a plane and The Avengers. In 2011, the icon was named the highest box office grossing actor of all time in the Guinness Book of World Records, having starred in movies that have grossed a total of $7.5 billion. According to imdb.com, Samuel earns an estimated $300,000 a year in box office bonus residuals. The actor is also known to frequently use profanity in most of his films.
We’re all familiar with movie star Will Smith, playing the charismatic, humorous, good guy that does a lot of running, which really isn’t that different from who the actor is in real life. Movies like iRobot, I am legend, Hancock and Men in Black depict that side of Will, while dramas like The Pursuit of Happiness, Ali and Seven pounds show another more vulnerable side to the actor. Will is another movie star on the list that can carry a film with his sheer presence, which subsequently results in his frequent typecasting. The actor is paid no less than $20 million per film since Ali (2001) and is worth an estimated $200 million.
As seen in the Terminator films, Predator and Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger is typecast as an action hero. In each of the movies, the actor-turned-governor appears in, he never alters his body builder physique, nor does he leave behind his thick Austrian accent, essentially playing himself under a different name. His mountainous physique is a major part of the reason it’s difficult for fans to believe him in another light, other than the one he is regularly cast in. Arnold is worth an estimated $300 million.
Adam Sandler is known for playing socially awkward, yet charming disadvantaged characters, as seen in Little Nicky, Big Daddy and The Water Boy. Most of the characters he depicts are very similar to one another in their manner of speaking and general habits. As producer for a majority of his films, Adam has the freedom to continuously pretty much play himself in each starring role. The actor has been earning $20 million per film since 2000 for Little Nicky, and is worth a reported $300 million.