11 Underpaid Actors, 11 Actors Who Made Millions


Underpaid: Michelle Williams

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michelle all the money in the world This earned her a Golden Globe nomination. By comparison, her partner Mark Wahlberg made $5 million—nearly ten times her salary.

To make matters worse, she was paid less than $1,000 for the remake, while Mark was paid $1.5 million more. After the story went viral, Mark donated $1.5 million to the Time’s Up campaign.

In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, Michelle responded to Mark’s donation. “It wasn’t about me today. My actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, the most powerful people, they listened and acted. If we really The vision of an equal world requires equal effort and sacrifice.”


Made Millions: Leonardo DiCaprio

According to Forbes, the actor agreed to pay less than normal At the beginning of establishment. This allowed him to negotiate the first dollar gross, meaning he was getting the box office before the studio even recovered its production and advertising costs.

Due to the structure of his contract, he earned about $40 million in additional earnings, bringing his total compensation to $50 million.


Pay Less: Taraji P. Hansen

In an interview with The Real, the actor opens up about her salary rejuvenationShe was paid $150,000 for the role, which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. After paying her taxes and her team, she was left with about $30,000 — the same as her son’s tuition.

exist Ms. Laura Brown preferred During the podcast, Taraji revealed that she initially asked for $500,000, but the studio closed it and instead gave her $100,000. They settled on $150,000, but she noted her partners Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett made more. “I’m not saying they shouldn’t pay Kate and Brad what they deserve,” she said. “They deserve it because when this thing came out, people were going to come because of Brad and they were going to find me. I also brought a certain amount to the seats and I feel like I was asking what was in mine. It’s fair in a career.”


Made Millions: Robert Downey Jr.

The actor received a salary of $20 million Avengers: Endgame, There we said goodbye to our beloved Iron Man. According to Forbes, Robert made an additional $55 million — a total of $75 million — thanks to the back-end profits he negotiated in his contract.

Early in her career, the TV host was Purple. According to Insider, she was paid just $35,000 for playing Sofia. Her performance went on to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.


Made millions: Tom Cruise

According to Variety, the actor accepted a salary of about $13 million less than usual. Top Gun: Maverick. This way, he can negotiate a larger percentage of his first dollar gross. Considering the film grossed over $1.3 billion in theaters, Tom’s total compensation for the film is estimated at $100 million.

The actor was paid just $60,000 wolf of wall street, the shooting took seven months. By comparison, Leonardo DiCaprio made $10 million.

To work with director Martin Scorsese, Jonah accepted a minimum fee from the Screen Actors Guild. “They gave me the lowest possible money, and that was their offer,” he revealed on The Howard Stern Show. “I said, ‘I’ll sign the document tonight. Fax me the document tonight.'” His performance went on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.


Made millions: Will Smith

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor reportedly made $40 million for producing and starring in films. king richardwhere he played the father of Serena and Venus Williams.

When the film moved to theaters and HBO Max at the last minute, Will personally wrote checks to his co-stars to help cover their lost compensation.


Underpaid: Priyanka Chopra

The actor told Insider that she once co-starred in a Bollywood movie that paid significantly less than her male counterparts. “A producer-director said to me, ‘Well, you know what it’s like to be with the big boys in these blockbusters. It’s this girl’s budget, we can’t go beyond that,’ which was a paltry 5 % what [the male lead] more and more. “


Made Millions: Sandra Bullock

The actor reportedly made a $20 million salary for the space epic, The Hollywood Reporter gravityShe also gets 15% of the first dollar gross – which means she gets about $70 million from box office receipts, DVD sales, etc.


Underpaid: Viola Davis

In an interview with Women of the World, the actor opened up about the struggles she faced as a black woman in the entertainment industry. While she didn’t share the salary she was paid for specific roles, she expressed disappointment that even for white women, she was not paid on par with white men, let alone white men.


Made millions: Harrison Ford

According to Men’s Health, the actor made $65 million for his work. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullApparently, Harrison was semi-retired when Paramount made an offer he couldn’t resist: the movie profits between him, director Steven Spielberg and franchise creator George Lucas. a large part of it.


Underpaid: Hilary Swank

On Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show, Chelseathe actor revealed that she was in boy don’t cry. Her performance won an Oscar for Best Actress.

“I made $3,000. In order to have health insurance, you have to make $5,000,” she shared. “So I didn’t even know I didn’t have health insurance until I went and tried to get a prescription. They said, ‘That’s $160.’ I went, ‘Well, have you tried my insurance?’ ‘ They said, ‘Uh, uh. “I have Oscars and no health insurance.”


Made millions: Bruce Willis

The actor reportedly made over $100 million for his work sixth senseApparently, he paid about $14 million up front and then negotiated a large portion of the profit on the back end.


Underpaid: Bahad Abdi

According to The New Yorker, the actor was paid just $65,000. Captain Phillips, This earned him a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. After production ended, he returned to a mall in Minneapolis to sell cellphones. While promoting the film in Los Angeles, he stayed in the hotel where the studio had arranged for him, wearing borrowed clothes.


Made millions: Dwayne Johnson

According to Variety, the actor was paid $22.5 million for the lead role in the upcoming DC movie, black adam. He will also be paid millions for making the film and promoting it on his social media.


Underpaid: Natalie Portman

In 2017, the actor told British Marie Claire that Ashton Kutcher was paid three times as much for her rom-com. no strings attached“I know and I agree with it because in Hollywood there’s a thing with a ‘offer,'” she said. “his [quote] tripled mine, so they said he deserved triple. I didn’t have to be angry. I mean, we get paid a lot so it’s hard to complain, but the gap is crazy. “


Made millions: Daniel Craig

According to GQ, the actor was paid $25 million no time to die, he served as the fifth and final James Bond installment. Last year, he told Candis magazine that he planned to give away most of his fortune instead of leaving it all to his children. “I don’t want to leave huge sums of money to the next generation. I think inheritance is pretty distasteful. My philosophy is to get rid of it or give it up before you leave. Not the old adage that if you die a rich man ,you failed?”


Underpaid: Octavia Spencer

The actor has spoken of underpayment several times. During a panel discussion at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Octavia recalled a phone call with Jessica Chastain, who is pushing for equal pay between men and women. Octavia told her that women of color earn far less than white women and need to bring them into the conversation, too.

With an upcoming comedy project involving two actors, Jessica proposes that the two tie themselves up in negotiations to ensure they reach a better deal. Octavia ended up being paid five times what she originally paid.

In a later tweet, Octavia wrote: “I don’t know how much she paid or if she paid any, all I know is that she stands with me and is forever grateful.”

@akstanwyck That’s correct, but I should clarify that I’m being paid 5x my salary because Jessica is standing with me. I don’t know what she paid, or if she paid anything, all I know is that she stands with me and is forever grateful. https://t.co/JH8QRUIVJc

Octavia Spencer / Twitter: @octaviaspencer


Made millions: Angelina Jolie

According to Time magazine, the actor Maleficent. Forbes named her the highest paid actress of 2013.

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Pay Less: Jeff Daniels

The actor was paid just $50,000 for his ’90s comedy, Dumb and Dumb. By comparison, co-star Jim Carrey earned $7 million.

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Made millions: Tom Hanks

In an interview in 2020 In-depth with Graham Benzinger, The actor revealed that he and director Robert Zemeckis bought some scenes out of their own pocket while filming Forrest GumpWhen Paramount said filming Forrest’s iconic scene running the country was too expensive, the director asked Tom to split the cost with him.

“He said, ‘Okay, this run will cost X dollars.’ And it wasn’t cheap,” recalls Tom. “I said, ‘Okay.’ He said, ‘You and I are going to split the money equally, and we’re going to pay it back [to Paramount]. We will give you the money back, but you [Paramount] Will have to share more profits. The studio said, ‘It’s amazing, it’s amazing. OK ‘ It’s good for us too. “

Tom ended up making about $65 million from the film. He also won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

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