It’s no secret that big celebrities get paid well. In fact, sometimes turning down a few million dollars for a job they don’t want to do or that doesn’t agree with their principles isn’t even a thought. And everyone makes mistakes from time to time and misses out on opportunities. But the good thing about being famous is that some doors are always open so you can always try again in the future. That being said, these are the 5 times when celebrities walked away from millions of dollars –
As you might know, Lady Gaga is a famous pop singer, who’s known for her ever-changing look and her versatility in style. From the outside, it would seem that she has everything – fame, attention, and the possibility of earning more money doing gigs than she knows what to do with. However, Lady Gaga is also known for her philanthropic efforts. She once rejected a $1 million deal simply because she didn’t believe that hosting such an event was right for an artist like herself who really stands up for what she believes in.
He became famous for the character he played in the hit TV sitcom, Seinfeld. The show became massively popular during its nine-year run, garnering a huge following. At the end of this period, NBC was eager to continue producing new episodes and perhaps even another season. They offered Jerry $110 million to carry on doing what he did best. However, Jerry felt that it had been enough time in the spotlight and it was his time to focus himself and spend some more time concentrating on other areas of his life besides his work.
Famous actor Will Ferrell, who is known for roles in several comedy films and television shows, was in talks with producers about reprising his role for a sequel to the 2003 film Elf before his decision not to continue portraying Buddy. Reportedly, he didn’t want the first movie to be tainted by a second part that might bring down the original’s reputation due to its poor quality. Thus he walked away from a $29 million offer.
American actor Michael Keaton has had a very successful career in the entertainment industry since starting out in the early 1980s. He became well known for his big roles in sitcoms and comedy films, like Night Shift. He was then recognized as an A-listed actor after appearing as Batman, which hit a special nerve with comic book fans everywhere. A third installment to the blockbuster series, Batman Forever, was supposed to be filmed in 1998. The makers offered Keaton a huge pay of $15 million. But unfortunately, Keaton wasn’t terribly thrilled by how the franchise had gone astray and backed off by saying that his character deserved better treatment than what was offered in the script.
It’s no secret that Keanu Reeves is an incredible actor known for his role in the Matrix films. In fact, he was offered a staggering $12 million to star in a sequel. Sadly, Reeves turned down this offer, claiming that the script was nowhere near as good as the original.