Biggest pay rises in movie history
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Reports have emerged that the three stars of the ‘Hangover’ series - Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis - are all holding out for $15 million (£9.5m) paydays for the third film in the series, which is set to start filming in a couple of months.
The trio were paid less than $1 million for the first film - which became a box office smash in 2009.
Of course this is hardly a new concept in Hollywood, so we looked back at some of the biggest reported pay rises in movie history.
When Will Smith was on the cusp of the A-list he was handed a role in ‘Men in Black’, which landed him a nice $5 million (£3.1m) payday. It was the film that propelled him into the stratosphere and it’s no surprise that to draw him back for the sequel the studio quadrupled his pay.
Smith also reportedly had a clause in his contract that gave him 10 per cent of the film’s overall gross. If true, taking into account worldwide box office, the film would have netted the Fresh Prince an extra $40 million-ish.
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Johnny Depp was already a well-known star before he donned a pirate hat and became (we think) the highest paid movie star currently working in the industry. His stature saw him earn $10 million (£6.3m) for the first ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film, ‘Curse of the Black Pearl’. Its monumental success - and that of its two sequels - earned Depp $20 million (£12.7m) apiece and meant that he was paid an incredible $55.5 million (£35.3m) for the fourth instalment.
On a smaller scale, Tobey Maguire jumped from $4 million (£2.5m) to $17.5 million (£11.1m) over the course of Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy. Another series with a terrible last film was ‘The Matrix’ - which earned Keanu Reeves $10 million (£6.3m) plus 10 per cent of the gross for the first and $15 million (£9.5m) plus points for the next two.
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This means he made around $40 million (£25.5m) for the first film, $111 million (£70.6m) for the second and $63 million (£40.1m) for the third. No matter what you think of his acting skills, Keanu certainly knows how to make money.