Surprisingly, These Actors Were Paid Peanuts For Some Of Their Roles

It’s easy to imagine actors cashing in huge paychecks at the end of filming, but that’s not always the case. While stars such as Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr. earn millions of dollars per film, others are, surprisingly, paid the bare minimum, or, at least, they used to be.

Talents such as Ryan Gosling and Amanda Seyfried weren’t necessarily getting paid their dues for some roles, considering their two huge names in the industry. From pay gaps in Hollywood, wanting exposure, and caring more about the art of acting than money, these big-name actors and actresses used to earn metaphorical peanuts for their movie roles.

Dustin Hoffman Walked Away With $17,000 From The Graduate

Dustin Hoffman Walked Away With $17,000 From The Graduate
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It’s hard to imagine a legend like Dustin Hoffman earning anything under a few hundred thousand dollars. But, like all actors, he had to start somewhere. Upon its release, The Graduate made $104.9 million at the box office, with Hoffman paid close to nothing for his performance as Benjamin Braddock.

All in all, in his debut performance, Hoffman was paid $17,000. And while the pay sounds low compared to what the actor earns now, the role opened a lot of doors. After the success of the film, offers began to roll in for Hoffman, such as Papillon, a movie where he earned $1.25 million.