Yes, you read that correctly. Angela Means, who played the bothersome neighborhood crackhead Felisha in the film Friday, was paid only 25 cents for the role. In a 2018 interview with VladTV, Means said she was paid gas money to get to the location and 'basically' nothing else.
"I was a cast member, but I think the contract was considered like a day player," Means said in the interview. "So -- you know, I shot two days. So if you know what a day player's rate was back then -- I don't remember, but since with residuals, and we just got a really fat one a couple of months ago -- but it was on a shoestring budget, and we all got it."
Angela Means has become a part of pop culture history, with the popularity of the film's most memorable line, "Bye, Felisha".
15-year-old actress Spencer Ganus, who voiced Elsa in the Disney film Frozen, was paid only $926.00 for the role, how embarrassing. The firm grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide.
Hillary Swank was paid only $3,000 for her Oscar winning portrayal of Brandon Teena, in the 1999 film Boys Don't Cry.
Chris Tucker was paid only $5,000 for the iconic role of Smokey in the Ice Cube written film, Friday. The role did help springboard the Atlanta actor's stellar career, which eventually allowed him to command multi-million dollar paydays.
Friday grossed over $125 million at the box office.
While we probably won't be shedding any tears for multi-billionaire Oprah Winfrey, she was paid only $35,000 for her role of Sophia Johnson in the 1985 classic film The Color Purple. Winfrey was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Academy Awards for the role.
Mo'Nique was paid only $50,000 for the role of Mary Lee Johnston in the highly acclaimed 2009 film Precious. Mo'Nique won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, but refused to tour during awards season to lobby for the award. Looking at her shockingly low pay, it doesn't take a genius to understand why she took that position.
Barkhad Abdi was the breakout star in the 2013 film Captain Phillips, which stared Tom Hanks. Abdi was paid $65,000 for his Academy Awared-nominated role. The Somali actor couldn't afford his trip to the awards show or the expensive suit he wore to the event. The film had a $55 million budget.
Taraji Henson was paid only $150,000 for role of Queenie in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Henson recently opened up about the unfair pay in the film in a recent interview with Variety.
"I asked for half a million. That’s it,” Henson said in the interview. “And they gave me $100,000. Does that make sense? I’m number three on the call sheet. Does that make sense to you? All I was asking was $500,000 – that’s all we were asking for.” Henson was paid less than 2% of what Brad Pitt was paid.
Gal Gadot was paid $300,000 for her role as Wonder Woman. The figure isn't far off from what one would expect for the salary of the first film in a super hero film series, but looking at the film's budget of $150 million budget and the fact that it earned over $821 million at the box office, and it's clear to see Gadot was short-changed.
Chris Evans may have been the star of Captain America: The First Avenger, but his co-star Robert Downey was making all of the money. While Downey was getting $50 million, Chris Evans was paid only $300,000.