Do All Hollywood Stars Earn Millions Per Film?


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Oscar De La Huerte Profile
Not all Hollywood stars earn millions per film.
Hollywood pumps out an average of 600 movies per year, and some of the actors involved in these productions actually command a relatively modest fee.

When it comes to 'Hollywood stars', even millionaire A-listers are known to take a pay cut when the role is attractive enough, though.

Hollywood star earnings: Are they all millionaires?

Some Hollywood stars will choose to take smaller roles (and therefore smaller salaries) to give their career a boost, or to earn credibility.

If you take for example major stars such as Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, they can both can command over $20 million salaries as they did in films such as The Last Samurai (2003) or Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003).

However, they also appear in smaller films at reduced rates. Cruise made a brief cameo appearance in Austin Powers: Goldmember in 2002, and also took pay cuts to star in Magnolia and Eyes Wide Shut in 1999.

Similarly, Diaz has made several films at rates below her usual salary, such as Being John Malkovich (1999) and Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (2000).

In other cases, if a Hollywood star is part of a very large cast (e.g. The Lord of the Rings) they may take a smaller salary in proportion to the overall cast's earnings.
Phineous J. Whoopee Profile

When Jonah Hill did Wolf of Wall Street, he worked for the SAG minimum. ($60,000 for the amount of work he did)  Just for the opportunity to be in the film.

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