Movie stars who did it for the money

What’s the biggest draw to being a movie star? A love of acting? The fame and adoration? If we’re being honest, it’s the money, right? Actual Hollywood types are rarely so open about the financial perks of the job, never breaking from coy character to admit they did it for the dollar, out of fear of being dubbed a real Scrooge McDuck. That’s why it’s still SO surprising when big names reveal their bigger cash incentives. Scroll through our greedy gallery below to see the movie stars that just did it for the money…

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Gary Oldman in ‘Robocop’ (2014)
“Money!” the 55-year-old acting ledge quipped when asked why he took the part. “I'm at the mercy of what the industry is making and what comes through my door,” he added. “But I thought this was an intelligent script and I love Jose [Padilha, the director]’s point of view."

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Johnny Depp in ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ (2016)
“Basically, if they’re going to pay me the stupid money right now, I’m going to take it,” Depp once told Vanity Fair about a then potential ‘Pirates 5’. “At this point, it’s for my kids.”

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Jeremy Irons in ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ (2000)
"Are you kidding? I'd just bought a castle,” replied Irons when asked why he did the game-based movie. “I had to pay for it somehow!"

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Hugo Weaving in ‘Transformers’ (2007)
“I didn’t care about it, I didn’t think about it… It was meaningless to me, honestly,” moaned Weaving… Then director Michael Bay enlightened us: “Do you ever get sick of actors that make $15 million a picture, or even $200,000 for voiceover work that took a brisk one hour and 43 minutes to complete, and then complain about their jobs?”

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Dennis Hopper in ‘Super Mario Bros.’ (1993)
"'Dad, I think you're probably a pretty good actor, but why did you play that terrible guy?'" Dennis recalled his son asking. “I said, 'Well Henry, I did that so you could have shoes,' and he said, 'Dad, I don't need shoes that badly.'”

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Laurence Olivier in ‘Inchon’ (1981)
"People ask me why I'm playing in this picture. The answer is simple. Money, dear boy,” the legendary thesp famously quipped. “I'm like a vintage wine. You have to drink me quickly before I turn sour. I'm almost used up now and I can feel the end coming. That's why I'm taking money now. I've got nothing to leave my family but the money I can make from films. Nothing is beneath me if it pays well. I've earned the right to damn well grab whatever I can in the time I've got left."

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