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Shockingly Low Movie Salaries

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Jonah Hill in 'The Wolf of Wall Street"

Salary: $60,000

Unlike his money-hungry "Wolf of Wall Street" character, Jonah Hill was willing to work for almost nothing in order to land a role alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the Martin Scorsese-directed film. Despite a successful movie career of his own, Hill accepted the legal SAG minimum, $60,000, to star in the film – a decision that earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Hill spoke about his thought process during an appearance on “The Howard Stern Show”:

“They gave me the lowest amount of money possible. That was their offer and I said, 'I will sign the paper tonight. Fax them the papers tonight. I want to sign them tonight before they change their mind. I wanna sign them before I go to sleep tonight so they legally can’t change their mind. I would sell my house and give him all my money to work for him. This isn't what you make money for. You do '22 Jump Street' or you do other things, and you can pay your rent. I would've done anything in the world. I would do it again in a second... This [expletive] isn't about money. You should do things that you care about.” —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: Paramount)

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