Getting a big break in Hollywood is no small feat. In many cases, you’ve got to be in the right place at the right time, shake hands with the right people and be prepared to be a star at all times. Even then, there’s no guarantee that the roles these actors earn will make them sought-after celebrities for years to come.
To be fair, the paychecks that most actors get for starring in bad movies is more than some people earn after they’ve worked for months. So, the idea of people in Hollywood making “chump change” is enough to make the average person roll his/her eyes. However, when you’re trying to be a big star, it’s important to know what you’re worth. It’s also important to know when you’re not being paid fairly, and to have a plan for coming up with a way to truly earn what you’re worth.
Some of the roles that made your favorite actors famous actually didn’t even pay that much. Although in hindsight, most of these celebrities probably don’t mind their humble beginnings, especially if these movies led them to the A-list. Here are 12 well-known Hollywood roles that actually didn’t pay much.
12 Chris Evans (The Avengers)
11 George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck)
10 James Howson (Wuthering Heights)
9 Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
8 Lindsay Lohan (The Canyons)
7 Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
6 Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy)
5 Ethan Hawke (The Purge)
4 Jim Carrey (Yes Man)
3 Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson)
2 Bill Murray (Rushmore)
1 Brad Pitt (Thelma & Louise)
It’s hard to believe that one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood once accepted $6,000 for a role. Brad Pitt’s breakout role was in Thelma & Louise, in which he starred with Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in 1991. The Golden Globe and SAG Award winner has gone on to play in notable movies like Troy, Fury and Seven. When he’s not starring in great movies, Brad Pitt is busy raising his brood of adopted and biological children with wife and fellow actress Angelina Jolie, and helping to restore the economy and livelihood of the city of New Orleans.
Sources: my.xfinity.com, digitalspy.com, imdb.com
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