10 Actors Who Were Paid Almost Nothing For Acclaimed Roles

Ryan Gosling

While Ryan Gosling was accustomed to receiving large fees for his work in blockbuster romantic comedies such as The Notebook, he decided to turn down similar roles in 2004 and instead choose a project that would provide more of an acting challenge. To that end, he appeared in Half Nelson for just $1,000 a week.

George Clooney

George Clooney has developed a reputation for being willing to take huge pay cuts in order to work on films that he considers important. Despite being one of the most famous actors on the planet, he agreed to take part in the likes of Good Night, and Good Luck and The Descendants for a combined fee of around $400,000, even though he wrote, directed and starred in both films.