10 Supporting Actors Who Were Paid More Than The Lead

It has been well established in the domain of the Hollywood industry, that the lead actor is generally the one who often rakes in the big bucks. But on rare occasions, sometimes it tends to happen even to the supporting actor of the movie. In particular scenarios, we have been known to come in contact with individuals who happen to be in a supporting role in a movie and happen to get paid much more than the lead. These scenarios often depend on the kind of actors and the role that they are supposed to play in the movie. Irrespective of the talent and role, the kind of remuneration is still up for discussion, and any kind of bargain that helps one rake in the big bucks helps. In today’s article, we will discuss, supporting actors who bargained for more than their lead actors and got it.

Robbin Williams

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The movie ‘Good Will Hunting’ certainly worked wonders for Matt Damon. If there was someone in the film fraternity who had not heard about him, certainly came to know about the rising star after this movie. The plot of the movie was co-written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who made a considerable income from the movie. But there was one other name who was in a supporting role in the movie, who raked much higher than even Matt and Ben put together. Robbin Williams was signed on for an impressive amount of $ 5 million, plus a share in the profits, which took the final compensation even higher as the movie did wonders at the box office.

Marlon Brando

Supporting actors paid more
Supporting actors paid more

In the 1978 movie Superman: The Movie, Marlon Brando made a whopping $ 3.7 million for a meager 20 minutes on-screen performance, which way more than what Christopher Reeve got paid for the entirety of the film. Not just that Marlon also bargained for an additional 11.75% from the backend earnings. The shoot took Brando just 13 days, which was considered the best low-time investment ever made by anyone.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

The ’90s witnessed Arnold rise to the top of the pecking order; he was one of the major actors of those times. The idea of pitting the Austrian bodybuilder with the dark knight was seen as a superb idea. Even though his performance as Mr. Freeze was below par. He still managed to rake in a mind-boggling $25 million for the role. This compared to George Clooney was almost 20 times more than what Clooney was getting paid. This was revealed by Clooney himself in an interview, which if calculated comes down to $1.25 million for George Clooney.

Amy Adams

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In the Superman franchise, 2013 was the year for Amy Adams. Henry Cavill’s appearance as the superman demanded a good PayScale and was even rumored to be in millions, but a reality check brought it down to a few hundred thousand. However, in terms of Amy Adams she was a much bigger star than Henry Cavill and according to the rumors raked in a million-dollar deal for the movie.

Harrison Ford

Supporting actors paid more
Supporting actors paid more

His best act as the bounty hunter will always be the character of ‘Han Solo’ from Star Wars. In the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Harrison Ford came off as the most expensive character, raking in a fortune of $10 to $20 million. The figure is probably the highest amongst any of the actors who were a part of the film.

Terrence Howard

In the 2008’s marvel production of ‘Iron Man’ witnessed, Terrence Howard rakes up a bill higher than Robert Downey Junior. It would be insanely difficult for Terrence to do any of that now, but back in the day, RDJ was more popular for his arrests and rehab trips which costed him to earn still an impressive $500,000 for ‘Iron Man’.

Mark Hamill

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In the movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, we witnessed Mark Hamill become the existing Jedi master from the previous movies. He also managed to master his paycheck which was much more than any actor, who was a part of the movie.

Johnny Depp

The versatile actor was not the lead in the movie “Alice In Wonderland”, but managed to rake in a heavy paycheck which added up to almost $ 10.3 million. Which was slightly more than what he was offered for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

Sigourney Weaver

Supporting actors paid more
Supporting actors paid more

Avatar has become the highest-grossing movie at the box office, although it has been almost 10 years since its official release. It has managed to rake in a monstrous $2.78 billion at the US box office. But, the most amusing part is that Sigourney Weaver who plays a Supporting role to Sam Worthington is the one who has raked in the highest paycheck amongst the entire movie cast. And her return in the next Avatar has already been confirmed by James Cameron.

Robert Downey Jr.

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Probably someone who shouldn’t be on the list, but is because of his 15 minutes performance in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’. Witnessed him getting paid a senseless $10 million for just a cumulative appearance of a total of 15 minutes through the entire movie.

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