5 Desperate Celebs Who Will Work For Less Than $1 Million

It's hard to believe that some of these major roles got the actors under $1 million.

While it makes total sense that seasoned actors like Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fischer, and Harrison Ford were paid generous amounts for their contribution to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it has recently come out that the actors made more than 76 times the amount that Daisy Ridley was paid. Despite the film making more than a billion dollars in the box office, Ridley was paid roughly $400,000 while Ford was paid $30,000,000. While this may seem unfair, it is common for A-list actors to be paid a drastic amount of money when starring in such a film. Nevertheless, the exposure that this film has brought to Ridley's career is illuminating, which is why she has already been cast in a handful of new productions. As her portfolio thickens, so will her paychecks.

Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest women alive today, but this wasn't always the case. As many of you probably know, Winfrey came from a very poor and abusive background, which is a stone she has had to carry throughout her entire life. Never letting the negative aspects of life drag her down, Winfrey put her smarts together and built an empire around her name. Today, Winfrey is a known producer and TV personality, as well as an Oscar nominee actress.
Before her fame became her, however, Winfrey accepted to play the role of Sofia in the movie The Color Purple. At that time, director Steven Spielberg awarded Winfrey $35,000 dollars for her role, and she was happy to take it. While things might have changed for Winfrey money-wise, she definitely doesn't regret playing in the film.
Ryan Gosling is a Canadian actor who has avidly been seeking acting opportunities since he was 14 years old. Since then, Gosling has landed roles in much-loved movies like The Notebook, The Big Short, and La La Land. While Gosling is used to being paid a fair amount of money for a small movie appearance, he surprisingly accepted to be paid $1000 a week during the filming of Half Nelson.
Gosling was so desperate to take on a heartfelt and challenging role, that he agreed to a low compensation when signing on to the movie. Despite all this, his role of Dan Dunne did help him get nominated for the Best Actor Oscar in 2006. If there is one thing for sure, it's that Gosling has his eyes set on awards more than he does paychecks.

Barkhad Abdi is an American actor of Somalian descent who received his first-ever role in the movie Captain Phillips. His iconic role has quickly spruced up his career, but unfortunately, it hasn't done much for his bank accounts. Despite the film's budget of over $55 million, Abdi was only paid $65,000 for his work.
This amount was attributed to Abdi due to him having no prior acting experience, which is why he was paid the SAG minimum. While these are the standards in Hollywood, most people would agree that Abdi's role was not a minor one, hence why he deserved more compensation. Abdi played the role of Abduwali Muse, the leader of a group of Somalian pirates. His performance was so spot-on that he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars. Hopefully next time, he'll get a large piece of the pie.
Chris Evans is an American actor who has been in the spotlight for two decades. While he has played in countless movies, the actor was only awarded $300,000 for his role of Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger. As the years went by and Evans became an important asset to the Marvel team, he was eventually rightfully compensated for his upcoming movies.
It seems that Marvel is keen on paying first-time superhero actors $300,000 for their first big movie, only to pay them millions for their following ones. In the end, actors are often so desperate to get their own movie that they are willing to work for surprisingly low amounts. With time and experience, an actor's worth goes up, and small wages like these are never heard of again.

Bill Murray is an actor who plays by his own rules, which is why he refuses to have an agent. While this may make his life easier, it sure makes it harder for directors to contact the actor when they have him in mind for a role in their movie. Funny enough, Murray is notorious for dodging phone calls from big producers and answering ones from nobodies.
When Murray was contacted by director Wes Anderson in 1998, he ended up accepting a small role in the movie Rushmore. Despite the fact that the actor was worth a lot of money at the time, Murray agreed to appear in the movie for only $9,000. While Murray might not be desperate for cash, he is desperate for originality and spontaneity, which is why you'll often be shocked to find out he's acting in a certain film.
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