Grossly Underpaid Actors Who Should Have Earned So Much More

Getting paid as an actor or actress in Hollywood should be easy. The more money their movies make, the more money they make per movie…right? This, sadly, is not true. In fact, some actors are forced to take minimal paychecks for the juiciest roles. Even worse, some actors don’t even get paid, they earn a percentage of the films total profits. If that film happened to be Battlefield Earth or Pluto Nash well… let’s not go there…

You’ll be shocked at what Julia Roberts was paid for one of her most iconic roles!

Oprah Aims For The Heart Strings

Oprah starred in "The Color Purple" directed by Steven Spielberg in 1985

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Starring most recently in A Wrinkle In Time, things weren’t always so colorful for Oprah Winfrey in her acting career. In 1985 the television host made her film debut in The Color Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg. For her role, Oprah took home an unimpressive $35,000. For comparison, she made $290 million in 2011 for her talk show alone.

Taking inflation into account, Oprah would have made just $73,000 in 2011 for her role in the film. Of course, she did earn an Academy Award nomination so maybe earning the respect of her peers was worth the low price of participation.