->''"I hadn't been beaten up in a movie before and I was very excited by the idea of being clubbed to death."''
-->--'''Creator/StephenFry''', on accepting a role in ''Film/VForVendetta''

Some actors [[OldShame hate their past gigs]] because they [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously seriously misjudged the quality at the time]] or [[MoneyDearBoy only did them for the paycheck]].

But some did the movie because they got to be vampires or superheroes, [[UnflinchingWalk walk away from explosions in trenchcoats]], ride motorcycles and ''fly through the air swinging a frickin' samurai sword''. This trope is when an actor took the part based on its [[RuleOfCool cool factor]].

Contrast and compare with MoneyDearBoy, DoingItForTheArt, and SoMyKidsCanWatch. Frequently overlaps with PromotedFanboy.
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!!Examples:
* Creator/StephenFry in ''Film/VForVendetta'', as mentioned in the page quote. He also was quite fond of the movie.
* Creator/BenKingsley said his appearance in ''Film/BloodRayne'' was partly because he'd never had a chance to play a vampire before.
* Creator/HugoWeaving was once quoted as wanting to play [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Elrond]] and [[Film/TheMatrix Agent Smith]] so that he could get action figures of himself and make them fight each other. Averted in the case of [[Film/{{Transformers}} Megatron]] and [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger The Red Skull]] however, claiming that they were the only roles he never cared about.
* Creator/AnthonyHopkins said that the only reason he took a role in ''Film/{{Freejack}}'' was because he had always wanted to meet Mick Jagger.
** ''Both'' of them [[HamAndCheese Hammed and Cheesed]] it up like the world was ending. Perhaps the opposite was also true? The producers told Hopkins that Mick Jagger was involved so he'd sign on, and at the same time told Jagger that Anthony Hopkins was involved so '''he'd''' sign on.
** Hopkins has a reputation for inverting a standard formula: most actors would take roles in over-the-top blockbusters so they can get recognised and afford to do their pet projects in serious, lower-profile films. Hopkins does the serious stuff so that he has credibility as a serious actor before running off to have fun in something like ''Film/{{Thor}}''. His alleged favourite role he's ever played was in ''TheWorldsFastestIndian'' for how cool he found it.
* Creator/JohnnyDepp said he did ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' because he, like every little boy, has always wanted to be a pirate and this would let him... And then proceeded to totally [[SpotlightStealingSquad steal the movie]] from its intended leading pair of Will and Elizabeth, mainly because he just thought that it would be fun to channel Music/KeithRichards. [[HilariousInHindsight Made funnier]] by the fact that they did, indeed, eventually get Keith Richards to play his dad.
* Creator/MattDamon, on why he took the role in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'':
-->"It was offered to me. When [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Spielberg]] says jump, bitches say how high?"
** Similarly Dane [=DeHann=] took a tiny role in ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' because "When you get the phone call of “Do you want to spend a night with Creator/DanielDayLewis and Creator/StevenSpielberg?”, the answer is yes.'"
* Part of Creator/RobertDowneyJr's reason for taking the role of ''Film/IronMan'' was being a fan of the comics as a kid. He also once watched ''Film/TheMatrix'' with his wife (who is also a Hollywood producer) and simply said, "I could do that." And thus set the plan in motion to have him headline a blockbuster action film once he proved he could be reliable and his old habits were behind him for good. He was asked once whether he'd prefer to win an Academy Award for Best Actor or to star in a blockbuster movie and said, without hesitation (paraphrased):
-->''"Blockbuster movie. Because when you win an Oscar, it's all very nice, you dress up, you get the statue, you make a speech. But when you're in a blockbuster action film, for just one moment, you are '''God."'''''
** Creator/JeffBridges, too. Not only was he a fan of the comics, he also wanted an excuse to shave his head bald.
** The same is also true of Creator/JackNicholson as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/{{Batman}}''.
** When it was announced that a ''Film/FantasticFour'' film was in the works, Creator/MichaelChiklis was the first man in line to audition. His anecdote was that, when casting was announced, he walked up to Creator/StanLee and introduced himself as Ben Grimm.
** When the character of ComicBook/NickFury was being reimagined for the ''UltimateMarvel'' line, MarkMillar and Bryan Hitch approached Creator/SamuelLJackson for likeness rights ([[BatmanGambit knowing full well that]] [[OneOfUs Jackson was an avid comic book fan]]). Jackson's only conditions were that he get original prints of a few of the pages and that he get first crack at playing Nick Fury in a movie... which he did.
** Creator/JeremyRenner has stated that he pursued the role of Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} in ''Film/TheAvengers'' after seeing ''Film/IronMan'' and deciding that he desperately wanted to play a superhero.
** AnthonyMackie chose to play Comicbook/TheFalcon in ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier Captain America: The Winter Soldier]]'' because he felt getting to be a superhero was too good an opportunity to pass up. That and [[SoMyKidsCanWatch he felt it would show black kids that they can be superheroes too]].
** Creator/RobertRedford claims he took a part in the same film both because a comic book film would be a new experience for him, and more importantly, [[spoiler: [[PlayingAgainstType he NEVER gets to play villains]] in his movies]].
* PaulGiamatti was a fan of comic books as a child, and wanted to play a villain since before he got into acting. He got his chance to become a PromotedFanboy when he was cast as the Rhino (one of his favorite childhood bad guys) in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2''.
* Creator/SamuelLJackson was in ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'' just so he could act in a film called "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Snakes on a Plane]]". He also said it was the type of film he loved when he was a kid, and argued for the producers to keep the name when they were considering changing it to something less cheesy.
* Creator/RonPerlman lobbied for the lead role in ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' because he wouldn't get to play the romantic lead in a ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast'' story again. Plus he would get to kiss a woman half his age. He also appreciated the movie as well.
* Basil Rathbone, on playing Franchise/SherlockHolmes in 1939's ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'':
-->"Ever since I was a boy and first got acquainted with the great detective I wanted to be like him ... To play such a character means as much to me as ten 'Theatre/{{Hamlet}}s'!"
* When auditions began for ''Film/TheHebrewHammer'' (a Jewish twist of Blaxploitation taken UpToEleven), Adam Goldberg, who plays the titular hero, was given the script and wound up opening to a page with the epic "[[ChewingTheScenery Shabbat Shalom,]] [[PrecisionFStrike motherfuckers!]]" line. He immediately agreed to do the film.
* This is why James Woods agreed to play Hades in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' and all of its various spinoffs. He's gone on record as it being the one role he would agree to play again anytime, anywhere (And he has, to this date, played that character every time he has appeared, with only one exception).
* Creator/DavidTennant went into acting specifically because he wanted to play the Doctor on ''Series/DoctorWho''. Apparently, several Doctors [[LongRunners have said this]].[[note]] Tenth Doctor David Tennant was inspired by Fifth Doctor Creator/PeterDavison [[MasterApprenticeChain who was inspired]] by Second Doctor Creator/PatrickTroughton.[[/note]]
** Creator/PeterCapaldi was also a long time fan of the show, and played several supporting roles in it and its spin-offs before being cast as the 12th Doctor.
** Similarly, Alex Kingston has said on more than one occasion that one of her favorite parts of playing River Song is that she gets to do stunts, something that she didn't get to have on ''Series/{{ER}}''.
** ''Doctor Who'' has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celebrity_and_notable_guest_appearances_in_Doctor_Who long tradition]] of securing notable guest stars on the strength of 'appearing on ''Doctor Who''' and often because it would [[SoMyKidsCanWatch impress the kids]]. It's also traditionally been one of the few venues on British television where the guest stars would get to play aliens, monsters, {{mad scientist}}s and the like.
** In a ''Magazine/RadioTimes'' interview, Hugh Bonneville was asked what persuaded a Serious Actor to take the part of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot Captain Avery]]. He replied that he made his decision when they said he could be in ''Doctor Who''.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}:''
** Creator/ChristianBale said something to the effect of no matter how hard he worked out or how miserably uncomfortable the Batsuit was, it was all worth it because he got to be [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Batman]].
*** Creator/GaryOldman, Tom Hardy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have all mentioned in interviews that they were speechless after first seeing Christian Bale in the Batsuit.
** Creator/CillianMurphy's reason for joining Nolan's ''Film/BatmanBegins'': "Just to be near the Batmobile".
** In fact, much of ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' is composed of people who grew up with the Batman mythos. They simply happen to be award-winning actors and actresses as well.
*** And one United States Senator: Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who helped get the movies made, and cameos in ''The Dark Knight'' as the party guest who tells the Joker, "We're not intimidated by thugs." Leahy has a cameo as one of the Wayne Enterprise board members in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
** TomHardy apparently didn't even know what ''character'' he would play, only that he was asked to play a bad-guy in one of Nolan's Batman movies and get to play with a lot of guns and explosions. The phrase "giddy as a school girl" may or may not have been used before it came out he was going to be Bane.
** Will Friedle provides an animated example when his agent called him to ask how he felt about being Batman. He didn't even know what the story was for ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''; he just wanted to be Batman.
** Creator/MarkHamill was a comic book geek and Batman fanboy ''decades'' before he got cast as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. He even played The Trickster on the 1990's ''Series/TheFlash'' show.
*** An anthology about The Joker contains a foreword by Hamill, who details that it was partially ''because'' he was so much of a fanboy that he was offered the part.
** [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0120658/bio Victor Buono]] was a '''''huge''''' fan of the ''Batman'' comics, and agreed to play King Tut in the old ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series because of it. Buono enjoyed playing the villainous Tut so much that, aside from the actors playing the primary four villains (Julie Newmar as Catwoman, Burgess Meredith as The Penguin, Frank Gorshin as The Riddler, and Caesar Romero as The Joker), he made more appearances than any other guest-star. He was once asked why he did the show so often and said, "Batman lets me get away with doing the one thing that we're taught not to do in drama school... ''[[LargeHam overacting]]''!"
* Creator/CateBlanchett largely took the role of Galadriel in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' because she wanted to wear the elf ears.
* Creator/NicolasCage was a PromotedFanboy for his role as ''Film/GhostRider''. Basically anytime you ask Cage to play a superhero, he's there. [[OneOfUs He named his kid]] ''[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kal]]-[[WhoNamesTheirKidDude El]]!'' Not to mention naming ''himself'' after {{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}. He also plays a superhero in ''Film/{{Kick-Ass}}''.
** This is also the reason he did ''Film/SeasonOfTheWitch''. He always wanted to play a knight.
** There's a degree of this to ''every'' role Nic Cage takes, which is part of what makes him so awesome - he's ''always'' DoingItForTheArt.
* Creator/HalleBerry says that she did ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' because she wanted the awesome experience of playing a woman beholden to no one. Subverted and played with when this was later revealed to be a {{Retcon}} when she gave an interview saying that she mainly did it because she was under contract (thus beholden to people...).
* Creator/MNightShyamalan wanted to direct the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' [[Film/TheLastAirbender movie]] because he was a fan ([[SoMyKidsCanWatch his kids got him into the show]]).
** Famed tennis star Serena Williams accepted a bit part on the original show as a female prison guard because she was such a fan of the series.
* Creator/NeilPatrickHarris is a superhero fan, and as such, has done voices for numerous comic book cartoons such as ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', ''[[ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier Justice League: The New Frontier]]'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.
** Plus also having his own [[DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog Supervillain]] {{Musical}}....
* This is part of the reason why Creator/PaulVerhoeven did ''Film/RoboCop1987''. He initially rejected the opportunity to direct the film when he read the script and thought it was silly and stupid. He changed his mind when his wife convinced him that there were more layers to the story than he initially thought, and because the writers pointed out the amount of {{Gorn}} there was, to which he responded "Well, I've never seen the hero [[{{Fingore}} get his hand blown off]]!"
* MerylStreep did ''Theatre/MammaMia'' because she took her daughter Louisa and some of Louisa's friends to see it for her eleventh birthday - which was in the immediate aftermath of September 11th - and wrote a fan letter to the crew. When the time came for the movie, the girls-in-charge asked her to play Donna, and she accepted eagerly. Also, she wanted to have fun and kick up her heels for awhile.
** Meryl is actually pretty good for these. She's primarily known for serious, intense OscarBait roles, but every few years or so, she does something like ''[[Film/SheDevil She-Devil]]'' or ''Film/{{A Series of Unfortunate Events}}'' or ''Mamma Mia!.'' It seems like she gives herself a {{Breather| Episode}} Movie every few years where she can just have fun, laugh, and ham it up.
** Creator/PierceBrosnan, meanwhile, summed up his reason for doing the film as this: "Meryl Streep is starring." He also referred to Meryl as "that gorgeous blonde I had a terrible crush on in drama school."
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' in general is this. If you're casting a Star Trek episode and want an actor who has the ''slightest'' hint of geek in them, they're all yours as long as you let them have at least a ''little'' HamAndCheese.
** Mick Fleetwood played a nonhuman assassin in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Accounts say he was enthusiastic about the role, even though his face was completely hidden by a mask that made him look vaguely fishlike, because he got to be portrayed as being beamed aboard the ''Enterprise''. In fact, when told he'd have to shave his iconic beard to wear the mask, he did so on the condition that he get to be beamed up.
** When Creator/PatrickStewart is asked why a Shakespearean actor such as him wanted to be in ''Star Trek'', he gives this as his reason.
*** In fact, he once stated that years of performing Shakespeare ''prepared him for Star Trek''.
** NBA Hall-of-Famer James Worthy made guest appearance with very few lines in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Why? Because he got to be a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingon]].
** At the time, Creator/WilWheaton thought that getting to be helmsman of the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' was a dream come true.
** Creator/WhoopiGoldberg actually went to the mountain - she showed up in person to ask for a part. They made her the [[AlmightyJanitor Almighty Bartender]] who is not only smarter and more capable than anyone else on the ship, but regularly gets away with [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu dissing]] '''''[[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Q]].''''' Part of her reason for doing so is that Creator/NichelleNichols was part of the reason she went into acting.
*** She, in turn, got Creator/DwightSchultz on board.
** Kim Cattrall took the part of Lieutenant Valeris in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' because "How many times would I be given a chance to play a Vulcan?"
** Creator/MalcolmMcDowell actually ''hated'' the script of ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' until the producers said eight little words: "How would you like to [[spoiler:[[DroppedABridgeOnHim kill Captain Kirk]]]]?"
** Creator/JohnCho has stated that he strongly wanted the role of Sulu in the [[Film/StarTrek 2009 Trek reboot]] because it had meant a lot for him as a kid to see a rare non-stereotypical Asian face on television. In one interview he was asked if this was one of those times where he had aggressively pursued a role, and Cho emphatically responded "It was the ''only'' time."
** Averted with Stephen Collins, who played Decker in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. Collins says he was practically the only guy at the audition who viewed it as just another part and was not interested in being part of ''Star Trek''. However, he was excited about working with Creator/RobertWise.
** Creator/VicMignogna is a massive [[OneOfUs Trekkie]], and with ''Star Trek Continues'', he will get to realise his life-long dream of playing Captain Kirk.
** StephenHawking, possibly the only person to have ever [[AsHimself played themself]] on Trek, did it for precisely this reason.
* NoahAntwiler has admitted that his costume that he wore to portray his over-the-top parody of Terl for WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' made him physically ill due to requiring that he wear a thick jacket, big gloves, a huge rastafarian-style wig and facial hair while baking under extremely powerful lights in largely poorly-ventilated rooms. It doesn't help that he then had to scream half his lines as best he could before sweating off the facial hair and starting over. However, he was reportedly thrilled to play the character, and reprised the role for ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee''.
* Creator/JosephGordonLevitt signed onto ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' upon seeing concept art for the costume that he'd be wearing. Needless to say, [[HamAndCheese he had a blast]]. Apparently this is why half of the cast signed up in the first place. Creator/ChristopherEccleston signed on so he could play a supervillain. However, neither actor liked the final cut of the movie and both refused to return for the sequel.
** This was ''almost'' inverted by Channing Tatum, who was skeptical of signing on to the film because he thought it would be a pro-war, gung-ho propaganda piece. Then he read the script and [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing realized that it was none of that,]] and this trope was played straight.
*** According to the producers once they started casting they had so many applicants that actors actually started ''fighting each other'' to try and get in on the movie.
* To this day, FrankLangella remembers his role as Skeletor in ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' as one of his favorites, and can be seen [[LargeHam having the time of his life playing it]]. When he takes time out of an interview promoting ''Film/FrostNixon'' to reflect on his time as a world-conquering skeleton monster, you know the awesome was there in spades.
** He also speaks fondly of his role as Dawg, the villain of ''Film/CutthroatIsland'', because he got to not only be a pirate, but a scenery-chewing over-the-top bad guy pirate. Apparently, the man loves being able to just go for broke in a role.
* RaulJulia was in the SoBadItsGood ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie as a combination of this and SoMyKidsCanWatch. He already knew that he was dying of cancer, so he choose the role because his grandkids were fans of the series -- and then [[SpotlightStealingSquad completely stole the movie]]. [[HamAndCheese M. Bison's scenes]] are the best parts of the film.
* Creator/TomHanks signed up for ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' when Pixar showed him a rough skit featuring a wireframe Woody. He said he knew the film was going to be unlike any other and signed on when they pitched him.
* Benicio Del Toro and Rick Baker jumped at the chance to work on the remake of ''Film/TheWolfman2010'' because both men are huge fans of [[Film/TheWolfMan1941 the original]].
* The ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise, being a {{Long Runner|s}}, has its share of {{Ascended Fanboy}}s. Masahiro Inoue ([[Series/KamenRiderDecade Tsukasa Kadoya/Decade]]) and Renn Kiriyama ([[Series/KamenRiderDouble Shotaro Hidari/Double]]) are two such examples, both being part of ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'''s PeripheryDemographic when they were kids (and Inoue even getting the chance to work alongside ''Black'' star Tetsuo Kurata). However, the crown probably deserves to go to Ryota Murai, who went from a boy who loved ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' to the man who got to be the new Kuuga in ''Decade'' (since the original is busy [[IAmNotSpock not being Spock... er, Kuuga]]).
* Creator/PeterCullen was invited to voice the ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'', and was reluctant, since he injured his throat voicing ''Film/KingKong'' in 1976. Then he saw the unmasked creature, and accepted.
** This is also why he auditioned to reprise his role as Optimus Prime in the live-action ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' series, although at first he didn't realize how awesome this was. His kids had to convince him that Optimus is kind of a big deal.
** This is also why Creator/MichaelBay agreed to do all the Transformers films.
* JasonIsaacs[='s=] primary reason for doing the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films seems to be getting to play a hammy evil wizard. He even convinced the filmmakers to throw out their original banal design for Lucius Malfoy so that he could have such things as a badass long, blond wig, black cloak to swirl dramatically, and a [[SwordCane snake-headed cane which conceals his wand]].
** BillNighy likewise signed on as Rufus Scrimgeor (despite the role amounting to only about ten minutes of screentime) because he didn't want to be the only actor in Britain who hadn't been in a ''Harry Potter'' movie.
** Ralph Fiennes on taking the role of Lord Voldemort:
--->"One of the things that made me want to do the role was Creator/MikeNewell showing me these drawings, artwork about the suggested looks of Voldemort. I got a real buzz off it and that's pretty much when I thought this would be cool to do."
* When an interviewer asked Creator/WilliamHMacy why he accepted a role in ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', he replied "Because I'm 50 years old and I [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs get to fight a dinosaur]]."
* Amusingly inverted by Music/DavidBowie, who chose not to play a ''Film/JamesBond'' villain (Zorin in ''Film/AViewToAKill'') because, besides hating the script, "I didn't want to spend five months watching my stunt double fall off cliffs." Creator/ChristopherWalken ended up doing the part, and had a hell of a time.
** Played straight by Bowie in ''{{Yellowbeard}}'' - he just wanted to work with the Pythons.
* RyanReynolds would ''not stop'' auditioning for superhero movies and talking himself up as the perfect casting choice for any superhero you could shake a stick at. He clearly wanted to be a superhero so very badly, and got to be [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine Deadpool]] and [[Film/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] for his persistence.
* Jack Huston basically outright stated that he did ''Film/{{Outlander}}''--the movie about Beowulf-meets-alien-monsters--basically for this reason; because playing a Viking is "every boy's dream."
* Most of the cast of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace.'' Reportedly, after a lightsaber scene, Creator/EwanMcGregor could be overheard muttering, "'Do I want to be in ''Franchise/StarWars?''' Fuck yeah!"
** In some documentary footage, Liam Neeson was talking about the first day of lightsaber training. And how both he and Ewan were making lightsaber noises while swinging the practice sabers.
* By his own report, when Spielberg offered ShiaLabeouf the role of [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull Indiana Jones' son]], he was unable to speak properly for a solid minute.
* Jude Law, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow all signed on for ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' immediately after watching Kerry Conran's six-minute film, which he produced on a home computer. They were all impressed with his vision, and wanted to see the film to its completion. (Also, it allowed Jolie to wear an eyepatch and a bubble-helmet, two things she'd always wanted.)
* If there's a VideoGame/SuperRobotWars game with a role in it voiced by Creator/HikaruMidorikawa of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' fame, you can bet he's going to have a lot of extra voiced lines in it. This is because the guy is a huge fan of the games and as such always offers to do his lines for free.
* Creator/AngelinaJolie agreed to do ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'' because of the locations she got to visit. She fell in love with Cambodia and ended up moving there to avoid the paparazzi and help with mine cleanup. Jolie adopted her first child while making the film.
* Just about anyone doing a Film/JamesBond film has this as justification (due to either being part of the series or winning a free trip).
** Creator/DanielCraig is an inversion of sorts. He knew that if he turned it down, he'd forever be branded a "fucking idiot" by his mates at the pub.
** And in a non-acting example, when {{Music/Garbage}} were offered the chance to do the theme for Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough, ShirleyManson reportedly squeed for a good minute straight.
* Some of the cast of ''SinCity'' signed on after seeing the test footage which would eventually become the opening scene. In the making-of it's noted that a lot of them had wanted to play FilmNoir characters for a long time, such as Creator/BruceWillis. Also, many cast members signed on due to other actors being in talks. Considering the [[AllStarCast large cast of famous faces]], this seems reasonable.
* Creator/AndrewGarfield has said he wanted to play ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' in the [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan reboot film]] because he apparently was a lot like Peter Parker as a kid, and because, well, he ''REALLY'' wanted to play Spider-Man. He was in tears upon finding out he got the role.
** Tobey Maguire in the Sam Raimi films had a similar experience... despite his reputation as a scrawny Hollywood prettyboy he pursued the role aggressively, and made a point of bulking up and taking stunt training just to audition for the role.
* Paul Bettany did ''Film/{{Legion}}'' because he got to play with guns, and got to be the ''good'' guy in an action film for once.
* Music/TheBeatles claimed years later that part of the reason they wanted to make the Film/JamesBond parody ''Film/{{Help}}'' was to shoot in the exotic locales (The Swiss Alps, The Bahamas, etc.) and take a paid vacation from Beatlemania. [[RefugeInAudacity It probably didn't hurt]] that they allegedly took many opportunities to [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll smoke pot]] offscreen between takes.
* ''Everyone'' involved in ''Film/SpeedRacer'' got involved because of this, and it shows. Every single frame of the film is slathered in overwhelming joy and love for the silly 60's anime series.
* Creator/MichaelCaine on why he accepted a role in the sequel to ''Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D'':
-->I took the film because I have grandchildren now, and I get to ride around on a giant bumblebee... My grandchildren are... going to say to kids at school, "Can ''your'' grandfather do that?"
* Creator/EdwardNorton appeared in ''Film/TheScore'' despite not particularly liking the script because it was likely the only chance he'd ever have to work with both Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/RobertDeNiro. As it turned out, it was Brando's final onscreen role.
** Brando previously caused this on ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'', attracting Creator/RonPerlman, Creator/ValKilmer and DavidThewlis (who also thought the trip to Australia and [[MoneyDearBoy the paycheck]] would make it a worthy experience. [[TroubledProduction Boy, he was wrong.]]).
* Creator/VinDiesel took a voluntary pay cut to jump start the production of ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick 2'' with an R rating and avoid ExecutiveMeddling.
* BobHoskins has said one of his motivations behind starring in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' was that he'd get to be onscreen with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny.
* Most if not all of the AllStarCast of ''Theatre/GlengarryGlenRoss'' agreed to be paid less than their usual asking prices because the script was so good. Enthusiasm was so high during production that cast members would come down to the set on their days off simply to watch the other performances.
* Creator/HelenMirren loved working on ''Film/{{Red}}'' so much, thanks to the action-heavy role she had in the film, that she has said "I'm there!" to any planned sequel. And she did indeed return for ''Red 2''.
* Broadway legend Hinton Battle agreed to play Sweet, the Dancing Demon in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' MusicalEpisode, "Once More With Feeling" primarily because he was a huge fan of the show and thought the idea of getting made up like a demon would be "a stone cold groove" that he had never experienced before.
* Stanley Tucci took the role of Dr. Abraham Erskine in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' for one very simple reason: he'd get to use a German accent, and he'd never done that before.
* While not because he thought it was cool, Creator/MarkWahlberg stated he accepted his role in ''Film/TheHappening'' because it gave him the opportunity to play something other than a cop or a crook.
* When Creator/CartoonNetwork did an April Fool's joke saying Creator/{{Toonami}} would be revived, Creator/SteveBlum was the one leading the charge to get it brought back for real. Why? Because he ''really'' wanted to voice TOM. The network doesn't have the budget to pay him a salary that even a starving college student would be happy with, but he's having a blast.
* Dub voice acting for anime tends to pay less than voice work for western animation. Many anime voice actors, like Creator/KyleHebert, still do it for the love of the craft.
* The Blue Ranger in ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' is played by acting newcomer John Mark Loudermilk, who took the role because he was a huge fan of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' during his youth.
** This can apply for a lot of recent Rangers, since the show started when they were kids and they are now old enough to be Rangers themselves.
* Joe Mantegna was originally content to have his first appearance as Fat Tony on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' be a one time thing, but ultimately came to love the character. On the DVD commentaries, the producers have recounted many times that he insists on voicing the character whenever he appears, "even if he just burps or sneezes". He's obviously serious as one appearance amounted to him being choked by a plastic bag.
* Regardless of how the final product turned out, most of the actors involved in ''Film/VanHelsing'' jumped at the chance to be in an homage to the classic Universal monster movies. Shuler Hensley related a story where a friend asked him if it bothered him that no one would recognize him under his makeup. His response, "I'm playing ''Frankenstein's Monster!''"
* Creator/MartinSheen was originally approached to play a supporting role of a human archaeologist in the ''Series/BabylonFive'' MadeForTVMovie ''River of Souls''. After reading through the script, he asked to play the Soul Hunter instead since he had never played an alien before and wanted to try it. His request was granted.
* Creator/NanaMizuki, well known voice actress and singer, was a big fan of the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise. To say that she was happy when she won the role of [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Tsubomi Hanasaki]] would be an understatement. She even expressed joy at voicing her once more when she was called back for a few brief lines in ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars New Stage''.
** Creator/HitomiNabatame, another popular voice actress, had been there during the auditioning of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure''. Another fan of the series, she literally burst into tears when she got the role of [[Anime/DokiDokiPreCure Mana Aida]] and even got congratulatory calls from Creator/MisatoFukuen ([[Anime/SmilePrettyCure Miyuki Hoshizora]]) and Creator/AmiKoshimizu and Creator/FumikoOrikasa ([[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Hibiki Hojo and Kanade Minamino]])
* Matt Hullum, Joel Heyman, Creator/KathleenZuelch and Gavin Free of ''Creator/RoosterTeeth'' all gave up jobs in Hollywood to work with the company. For Matt, he turned down a role in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' when he realized that ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' would be much more fun. Joel, Kathleen and Gavin worked in the film business, but left and joined Rooster Teeth, realizing it was much more fun and relaxing.
* Creator/MonicaRial's reasoning for playing ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi'''s Saki? "I wanted to play the lesbian!"
* Creator/WinonaRyder has said that she took the role in ''Film/AlienResurrection'' before even reading the script, because she had always wanted to be in an ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movie and could brag about it to her brothers.
* Creator/MalcolmMcDowell starred in and helped produce the low budget Christian film ''Suing the Devil'' because he wanted to play Satan [[HamAndCheese and he had a glorious time doing so]].
* [[Wrestling/DustyRhodes Dusty Rhodes's]] WWF run. The one where he wore polka dots. While most fans consider it one of the low points of his career, Dusty himself had a lot of fun with the gimmick. It helped that it was one of the few times that Dusty, who was previously a long-time booker of Jim Crockett Promotions, didn't have to worry about booking or running a promotion, allowing him to just relax and enjoy wrestling.
* Patricia Quinn accepted the role of Magenta in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' because she fell in love with the song "Science Fiction." Her agent pointed out that she hadn't even seen the script and she may have a total of five lines. Patricia said she didn't care and wanted to sing that song no matter what. When she got the script, Magenta had... five lines.
* According to Creator/KevinSmith, [[Creator/BenAffleck Affleck]] absolutely loved being in his movies. Kevin was fully aware of this and has joked over the fact that he would make Ben work for scale. It should be noted that this was before ''Film/{{Gigli}}'', when Ben could easily get an 8-figure check in any other role.
* Similarly to the Matt Damon example above, Creator/NathanFillion said that "when Creator/JossWhedon calls you up and says, 'Hey, do you want to...', you say yes."
* Simon Pegg, [[OneOfUs geek]] superstar, feels this way about his [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame guest role]] in ''Series/DoctorWho'', his cameo in ''Film/LandOfTheDead'' and his starring role in the ''Film/StarTrek'' relaunch . He faced a battle of the awesome when the ''Doctor Who'' role initally offered clashed wih ''Land of the Dead''. He went with Romero, because "when you've just spent three years of your life essentially writing [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead a love letter]] to someone, you ''have'' to come when they call you."
* Creator/VincentPrice took the role of Professor Ratigan in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' because he'd always wanted to voice a villain in a Creator/{{Disney}} movie.
* Speaking at the 2006 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony, Eddie Izzard said that he took a role in ''Film/TheAvengers1998'' in order to meet Sean Connery.
* Chris Cooper, when asked why he agreed to perform a rap song in ''Film/TheMuppets:'' "Are you kidding? This is a Muppet movie! I'm in a movie with the Muppets! I'd have tapdanced in my underwear if they'd asked me to."
** Many celebrities are enthusiastic about working with the Muppets, to the point where they couldn't actually fit all of them in the movie.
* In a feature in Empire magazine, StephenMerchant had this to say about his appearance in the notorious ''Film/{{Movie 43}}'':
-->I make no apologies for the film, because I just did it for the fun of being in a scene with Creator/HalleBerry. [[TakeThatAudience I didn't do it for your amusement.]] So much of what I do is governed by my thinking, 'I don't want to go to my grave not having seen Halle Berry [[ItMakesSenseInContext wearing a prosthetic boob, mixing up guacamole.']] That's on my bucket list. And there it is. ticked off.
* GeorgeHarrison didn't just cameo in ''MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' - he provided the finances to complete it when the Pythons ran out during filming. Both he and they like to joke that it was "the most expensive movie ticket in history". He's THAT big a fan.
* Many of the voice actors from WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} had already acted together on Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration. They took the comparatively low paying gigs because they liked the show and it gave them a chance to work together again.
* Jonah Hill made only $60,000 (the lowest possible SAG-AFTRA rate) on ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet''; he simply wanted the opportunity to work with Creator/MartinScorsese.
* When the producers of ''{{Film/Chicago}}'' began casting, they approached Catherine Zeta-Jones and asked her to play the role of Roxie, the movie's star. Reportedly, Jones asked if Roxie got to sing "All That Jazz"; when told that that number was sung by Velma Kelly, she demanded the part of Velma, even though it was smaller, just so she could sing that song. Jones was so eager to be in the musical that she even cut her long brown hair in a pixie bob, so that critics couldn't accuse her of having a double perform her singing and dancing.

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!!In-Universe Examples

* Kasuka Heiwajima of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' got his start in the extremely campy anime ''[[ShowWithinAShow Vampire Carmilla Saizou]]''. He was listed on "Top ten actors who don't get to choose their roles," and most people treat it as an OldShame. Kasuka, however, claims that Carmilla Saizou is an awesome character, and insisted on reprising his role in the movie.
* Bela Lugosi's character development in ''Film/EdWood'' is based around shifting from MoneyDearBoy to this.


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