Everyone knows that show business isn’t science, and it’s not always easy to be a star. There’s a lot of work that goes into making TV shows and movies, so actors want to ensure they get a salary that reflects their star pull and experience. Generally, when an actor is more successful, they have a higher asking price.
With that said, some studios don’t have the budget to pay actors what they want. Negotiations might be successful or not. Sometimes, actors walk away with huge checks, and others have a missed opportunity and nothing more. Here are the top actors who asked for more money:
1. Robert Downey, Jr.
Iron Man 2 was a top movie, and Robert Downey, Jr. was the lead actor. For the first one, he was paid $500,000, but he knew he could snag more for a sequel. He held firm and ended up making $10 million on the second film, with $75 million for the last.
2. Helen Hunt
Mad About You was a top sitcom that raked in tons of advertisers. The show was nothing without Paul Riser and Helen Hunt, though. Both actors demanded a raise for helping the sitcom get off the ground. Eventually, the network paid them $100,000 per episode.