->''"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''. ''With Creator/SamuelLJackson''. This trope is when an actor took the part based on its [[RuleOfCool cool factor]]. They want it to be on their résumé for their next job.

Contrast and compare with MoneyDearBoy, DoingItForTheArt, and SoMyKidsCanWatch. Frequently overlaps with PromotedFanboy. See also VacationDearBoy, where the location is part of the awesomeness.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* 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 ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise:
** Creator/NanaMizuki, well known voice actress and singer, was a big fan of ''Pretty Cure''. 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]])
* Creator/MonicaRial's reasoning for playing Saki on ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi''? "I wanted to play the lesbian!"
* Creator/JasonGriffith originally auditioned for the role of Chris Thorndyke in ''Anime/SonicX'' because he wanted to know what it was like to be Sonic's best human friend. [[PromotedFanboy He wound up getting the role of Sonic, instead]].

[[folder:Film (Live-Action)]]
* According to Creator/KevinSmith, Creator/BenAffleck 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 eight-figure check in any other role.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}:''
** 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.
** 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".
** Creator/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.
** Even United States Senators aren't immune to this trope. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is a lifelong Batman fan, and has cameoed in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' (as the party guest who tells Joker he's not intimidated by thugs like him), ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', and even ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.
** Before Creator/ChristopherNolan's [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga trilogy]], this was Creator/JackNicholson's reason for playing SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Batman}}''.
* Music/TheBeatles:
** The band claimed years later that part of the reason they wanted to make the Film/JamesBond parody ''Film/{{Help}}'' [[VacationDearBoy was to shoot in 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.
** Music/GeorgeHarrison didn't just cameo in ''Film/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 was ''that'' big a fan.
* Creator/HalleBerry originally said that she did ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'' because she wanted the awesome experience of playing a woman beholden to no one. However, in an illustration that Hollywood acknowledges the power of this trope, it turned out that [[SubvertedTrope she was only saying this for publicity's sake]]; she later gave an interview saying that she mainly did it because she was under contract (thus beholden to people).
* Creator/PaulBettany did ''Film/{{Legion}}'' because he got to play with guns and got to be the ''good'' guy in an action film for once.
* Creator/CateBlanchett largely took the role of Galadriel in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' because she wanted to wear the elf ears.
* Music/DavidBowie appeared in ''Film/{{Yellowbeard}}'' pretty much because he just wanted to work with the Pythons.
** Inverted when he turned down playing a Film/JamesBond villain, as described below.
* 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 ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}}. He also plays a superhero in ''Film/KickAss''.
** To elaborate on how much of a Ghost Rider fan Cage is, the production crew had to cover up one of his tattoos because it would have been unusual for his character to sport a tattoo of himself.
** 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/MichaelCaine on why he accepted a role in the sequel to ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth 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?"
* When it was announced that a ''[[Film/FantasticFour2005 Fantastic Four]]'' film was in the works, Creator/MichaelChiklis, a huge fan of the comics, was the first man in line to audition. He even learned to talk through the heavy prosthetics and fake teeth even though the director said that he could ADR his lines because he felt that being able to perform his part live would better convey the character's pain. His anecdote was that, when casting was announced, he walked up to Creator/StanLee and introduced himself as Ben Grimm.
* Creator/PeterCullen was invited to voice the ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'', and was reluctant, since he injured his throat voicing Kong in ''Film/KingKong1976''. Then he saw the unmasked creature, and accepted.
* 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?"
* Creator/ViolaDavis has said this was her reason for agreeing to play Amanda Waller in ''Film/SuicideSquad''. She was a fan of ComicBook/WonderWoman as a child, and thus thought it'd be cool to play a DCComics superhero (well, AntiHero).
* Much like Damon, 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."
* Creator/VinDiesel took a voluntary pay cut to jump start the production of ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick 2'' with an R rating and avoid ExecutiveMeddling.
* 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 he 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/StephenFry in ''Film/VForVendetta'', as mentioned in the page quote. He also was quite fond of the movie; it helps that it's generally considered to actually be a good one.
* Apparently, this is why half of the cast of ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' signed up in the first place. 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.
** Creator/JosephGordonLevitt signed on when he saw concept art for the costume that he'd be wearing. Needless to say, [[HamAndCheese he had a blast]]. Creator/ChristopherEccleston also 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. Many years later he confessed that he was forced to do the film due to a contract he signed with Paramount and he'd have been sued if he tried to back out.
* Most of the AllStarCast of the film adaptation 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.
* A behind-the-scenes example: Gareth Edwards stated in an interview that when he went looking for special effects artists, casts and crew for a film he was doing, reception was cool... until he revealed that the film in question was ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', at which point the formerly cautious recruits jumped in eagerly.
* Regarding the ''Film/XMen'' series, Creator/KelseyGrammer loved playing Beast so much [[Film/XMenTheLastStand the first time]] that when Creator/PatrickStewart and Creator/IanMcKellen let him know the band was being put back together for ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', he immediately called Creator/BryanSinger to get him in the movie, somewhere, and was flown in on Singer's private jet in secret for a last-second cameo.
* The ''Film/HarryPotter'' films:
** Creator/JasonIsaacs[='s=] primary reason for doing the 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]]. [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2y2zn2/we_are_actor_jason_isaacs_and_show_cocreator/cp5qt4u Which he tried (and failed) to steal]].
** Creator/BillNighy likewise signed on as Rufus Scrimgeour (despite the role amounting to only about ten minutes of screen time) 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 asked what some of their biggest regrets were, both Creator/IanMcKellen and Creator/PatrickStewart said that not being in the ''Harry Potter'' movies was pretty high up there. [=McKellan=], however, did get a tiny cameo in the form of a Gandalf portrait appearing in Dumbledore's office in ''Chamber of Secrets''.
** Creator/EvannaLynch was famous for being a ''Potter'' superfan even [[http://www.independent.ie/regionals/droghedaindependent/news/evanna-let-out-of-hospital-to-get-potter-book-27111256.html before]] she was cast as Luna Lovegood. When she showed up to the audition, she wore an outfit just as kooky as Luna's, including a pair of earrings that she made herself -- which she was allowed to wear in the film itself.
* When auditions began for ''Film/TheHebrewHammer'' ([[BlaxploitationParody a Jewish twist of Blaxploitation]] taken UpToEleven), Adam Goldberg, who played the titular hero, was given the script and wound up opening to a page with the epic line "[[ChewingTheScenery Shabbat Shalom,]] [[PrecisionFStrike motherfuckers!]]". He immediately agreed to do the film.
* 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.
* 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/BobHoskins has said one of his motivations behind starring in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' was that he'd get to be onscreen with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny.
* 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."
* ''Film/IntoTheWoods'':
** Both Creator/ChrisPine and James Corden have admitted that the entire reason they pursued parts in the film (as Cinderella's Prince and the Baker, respectively) is because they heard that Creator/MerylStreep was playing The Witch From Next Door.
** Streep herself had consistently refused to portray witches in film for a long time, but made an exception for this film because she wanted to be in a Creator/StephenSondheim musical.
* The 1996 adaptation of ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' attracted Creator/RonPerlman, Creator/ValKilmer, and David Thewlis based on the opportunity to work with Creator/MarlonBrando. Thewlis also thought the trip to Australia and [[MoneyDearBoy the paycheck]] would make it a worthy experience. Unfortunately, it [[TroubledProduction went disastrously for all involved]], as Brando and Kilmer's [[ThePrimaDonna clashing egos]] led both director Richard Stanley and Thewlis to drop out of the film. Thewlis recounts the experience [[https://web.archive.org/web/20130827072734/http://davidthewlis.net/index/press/1997-2/total-film-1997/ here]].
* 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.
* 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.
* This is why the 78-year-old Melissa Jaffer took the role of an elderly warrior woman in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'': when else is she going to get a role that epic at her age?
* 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 said that, had he turned down the role of Bond, he'd [[NeverLiveItDown forever be branded a "fucking idiot"]] by his mates at the pub.
** In a non-acting example, when Music/{{Garbage}} were offered the chance to do the theme for ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', Shirley Manson reportedly squeed for a good minute straight.
** Amusingly inverted by Music/DavidBowie, who chose not to play Max 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.
* 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.
* Creator/RaulJulia was in the SoBadItsGood ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie as a combination of this, MoneyDearBoy, and SoMyKidsCanWatch. He already knew that he was dying of cancer, so he wanted to do a well-paying film to provide for his family's financial security. Among several well-compensated roles, he choose the ''Street Fighter'' role because his sons were fans of the game series -- and then he [[SpotlightStealingSquad completely stole the movie]]. [[HamAndCheese M. Bison's scenes]] are the best parts of the film.
* Creator/BenKingsley said his appearance in ''Film/BloodRayne'' was partly because he'd never had a chance to play a vampire before. Being that ''[=BloodRayne=]'' was an UsefulNotes/UweBoll movie, it was ''not'' generally considered a good one, but Sir Ben clearly enjoying himself is one of the film's few redeeming qualities.
* By his own report, when Spielberg offered Creator/ShiaLaBeouf the role of [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull Indiana Jones' son]], he was unable to speak properly for a solid minute.
* To this day, Creator/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.
* 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]]."
* The film adaptation of ''Theatre/MammaMia'':
** Creator/MerylStreep did ''Mamma Mia'' 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 the September 11th attacks -- 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.
** 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."
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** 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.
** When the character of ComicBook/NickFury was being reimagined for the ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' line, Creator/MarkMillar and Bryan Hitch approached Creator/SamuelLJackson for likeness rights ([[BatmanGambit knowing full well]] that Jackson was [[OneOfUs 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/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' after seeing ''Film/IronMan'' and deciding that he desperately wanted to play a superhero.
** Creator/AnthonyMackie chose to play Comicbook/TheFalcon in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' 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]].
** Creator/GlennClose said that she [[http://www.vulture.com/2014/08/glenn-close-on-guardians-of-the-galaxy.html didn't hesitate for a moment]] when being offered ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', saying she always wanted a movie like that, and to play an authority figure similar to Nick Fury or [[Film/JamesBond M]]. Given how many things she's done -- theater, television, and both independent and high budget films -- Mrs. Close says her career is fueled by this trope.
-->[[http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2014/08/04/glenn-close-guardians-of-the-galaxy-movie/13580449/ "I just have to let people know that I always have been up for anything. I love to do stuff that's different. That's what I love."]]
** In contrast with his previous MCU role, where he mainly worked for [[MoneyDearBoy money]], Creator/PaulBettany was more invested in his new role as ComicBook/TheVision in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.
-->"I used to be in a studio for 45 minutes and do J.A.R.V.I.S. and get a huge bag of cash and go my way like a burglar, and now they want me to work for my money. Which is great and sweaty and hot, which you’ll realize once they unveil everything. It’s really f***ing cool. It’s great to join this train which is on really clear tracks."
** Creator/StanleyTucci 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.
** [[http://comicbook.com/2015/01/28/black-panthers-chadwick-boseman-says-hed-rather-have-an-action-f/ Chadwick Boseman on playing the Black Panther:]] “When it comes down to it, I’d rather have an action figure than a Golden Globe.”"
* Creator/MalcolmMcDowell starred in and helped produce the low-budget Christian film ''Suing the Devil'' because he wanted to play {{Satan}}, and [[HamAndCheese he had a glorious time doing so]].
* Creator/SethMacFarlane has admitted that part of the reason he cast himself as the lead in ''Film/AMillionWaysToDieInTheWest'' -- a small part, but a part -- was because it afforded him a chance to make out with Creator/CharlizeTheron on-camera, and who wouldn't want a shot at that?
** For Theron herself, [[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20151523,00.html she accepted]] ''Reindeer Games'' despite not liking the script solely to work with director John Frankenheimer (in what would turn out to be his last movie).
* In a feature in Empire magazine, Creator/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."
* Creator/HelenMirren loved working on ''Film/{{Red}}'' so much, thanks to the action-heavy role she had in the film, that she said "I'm there!" to any planned sequel. And she did indeed return for ''Red 2''.
* When it was announced that they were [[Film/TheMuppets bringing the Muppets back to the screen]], so many celebrities asked for cameos that they couldn't actually fit all of them into the movie.
** Creator/ChrisCooper, 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."
* 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.
* Creator/SimonPegg, [[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 initially offered clashed with ''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/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 (and director Guillermo Del Toro, with whom he had worked in ''Cronos'' and ''Blade II'') as well.
* 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.
** Even worse, she didn't even get to do the song! Richard O'Brian stole it from her. Her response? "You bastard."
* 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'!"
* Creator/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.
* 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/AdamSandler has [[http://www.avclub.com/article/adam-sandler-confirms-his-movies-are-just-paid-vac-204952 stated]] that pretty much every movie he's done since ''Film/FiftyFirstDates'' [[VacationDearBoy is an excuse to go on a paid vacation with his buddies to some exotic locale like Hawaii, South Africa, or Cape Cod.]]
* Creator/MNightShyamalan wanted to direct the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' [[Film/TheLastAirbender movie]] because he was a fan ([[SoMyKidsCanWatch his kids got him into the show]]).
* Some of the cast of ''Film/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/JudeLaw, Creator/AngelinaJolie, and Creator/GwynethPaltrow 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.)
* ''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 '60s anime series.
* The ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' films:
** Creator/AndrewGarfield has said he wanted to play ''ComicBook/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.
** Creator/TobeyMaguire in the Creator/SamRaimi films had a similar experience. Despite his reputation as a [[{{Bishonen}} scrawny Hollywood pretty-boy]], he pursued the role aggressively, and made a point of [[DyeingForYourArt bulking up and taking stunt training]] just to audition for the role.
** Creator/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''.
* Much like the TV show, the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies have also seen actors sign on simply because of the title.
** 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.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** 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.
** From the original trilogy, Creator/MarkHamill took interest in playing Luke Skywalker because he thought the project sounded amazing. Bear in mind that this was long before any visual effects were released for the film, [[AndYouThoughtItWouldFail and during a time when interest in making the film was pretty low]].
** A [[{{Mook}} random Stormtrooper]] extra summed up his experience filming Film/TheForceAwakens:
-->"I can die now."
* Creator/MerylStreep is pretty good for these. She's primarily known for serious, intense OscarBait roles, but every few years or so, she does something like ''Theatre/MammaMia'' (described above), ''Film/IntoTheWoods'' (ditto), ''Film/SheDevil'', ''Film/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', or ''Film/TheDevilWearsPrada''. It seems like she gives herself a {{Breather|Episode}} Movie every few years where she can just have fun, laugh, and ham it up.
* The live-action ''Film/{{Transformers|FilmSeries}}'' films:
** This is why Creator/PeterCullen auditioned to reprise his role as Optimus Prime, 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 films. With ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'', he said a movie with Dinobots was worth it given "[[EverythingIsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs are cool]]".
* Sophia Myles took a role in ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' because she watched the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' cartoons as a child and wanted to work with Creator/StanleyTucci.
* 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 [[Franchise/UniversalHorror 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!''"
* 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]]!"
* 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.
* 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, though he claims being the Red Skull was interesting, if something he'd rather not do again.
* Benicio Del Toro and Rick Baker jumped at the chance to work on the remake of ''Film/{{The Wolfman|2010}}'' because both men are huge fans of [[Film/TheWolfMan1941 the original]].
* When the producers of ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' began casting, they approached Creator/CatherineZetaJones 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.
* Tao Okamoto was originally known more for her modeling and didn't have much interest in acting. That all changed when her agent informed her that if she agreed to be in ''Film/TheWolverine'', she'd get to act opposite HughJackman. As she'd had a crush on Jackman ever since seeing him in ''Film/XMen1'' back when she was a teenager, she jumped at the opportunity.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* 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.
* Music/TheBeatles licensed one of their songs for the final episode of ''Series/ThePrisoner'', the only time they allowed their music to be used in a TV show, because they were huge fans of the show. At one point, they were working with Patrick [=McGoohan=] to make a movie based on the property.
* [[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 '60s ''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]]''!"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** A number of the actors who played the Doctor have said that they went into acting specifically because they wanted to play the Doctor. Fifth Doctor Creator/PeterDavison was inspired by Second Doctor Creator/PatrickTroughton, and Davison himself [[MasterApprenticeChain inspired]] Tenth Doctor (and lifelong Whovian) Creator/DavidTennant.
** 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''.
* Creator/NathanFillion has said that "when Creator/JossWhedon calls you up and says, 'Hey, do you want to...', you say yes."
* Creator/SarahMichelleGellar has stated that her reasons for doing ''Series/TheCrazyOnes'' were (in her words) "one-third trying to get back into television full time and two-thirds 'I get to work with Creator/RobinWilliams! Yay me!'"
* 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 belongs 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]]).
* This applies for a lot of recent Franchise/PowerRangers, since the show started when they were kids and they are now old enough to be Rangers themselves.
** One example is John Mark Loudermilk, the Blue Ranger in ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', who took the role because he was a huge fan of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' during his youth.
* 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.
* This happens all the time with ''Franchise/StarTrek''. 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]].
*** Totally worth it when you see how tiny he makes Worf look!
** At the time, Creator/WilWheaton thought that getting to be helmsman of the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Enterprise]]'' was a dream come true. [[CreatorBacklash Now... not so much.]]
** 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.
** UsefulNotes/StephenHawking, possibly the only person to have ever [[AsHimself played themselves]] on ''Trek'', did it for precisely this reason.
** Jason Alexander, yet another well-known Trekkie, didn't hesitate to play an alien in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
** Scott Bakula stated that, when first approached for ''Enterpise'', he was reluctant, because he had no interest in just being "The next Captain." Then he found out it was a prequel series; he wasn't going to be the ''next'' Captain. He was going to be the ''first'' Captain. That sealed the deal.
* A lot of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' cast members sign on because they were either fans of the show, or huge Disney fans.
** Creator/RebeccaMader was a huge fan of the show and had hoped to be cast as [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]]. While that role went to Joanna Garcia, Rebecca claims she screamed in public when she was offered the part of Zelena ([[spoiler: The Wicked Witch of the West]]).
** Merrin Dungey recalls being terrified by Ursula the sea witch as a child, so she jumped at the chance to play her. She describes immediately agreeing to move to Vancouver to film, and dye her hair blonde for the role.
** Ginnifer Goodwin's favourite Franchise/DisneyPrincess was Snow White and she had always wanted to play her. The part was written with her in mind.
** Georgina Haig had a reaction like this when she first signed on to play [[{{Disney/Frozen}} Elsa]]. She describes walking around in the costume as "like being Santa Claus."
* Pretty much all the cast members from ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' did everything that was asked of them - going through a ten day gruelling boot camp in preparation, relocating to England for nine months and shooting long days - because they got to work with Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
* ''Series/TinMan'':
** Zooey Deschanel had idolised ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' ever since she was two and longed to play Dorothy in some way. Naturally she jumped at the chance to play DG [[spoiler: Dorothy's descendant]].
** Creator/NealMcDonough signed on after reading the script and seeing the opportunity to play a "Gary Cooper, ''Film/HighNoon''-ish character". He cites Wyatt Cain as his favourite role, after Buck Compton in ''Band of Brothers''.
* Nicole Munoz says she does a lot of sci-fi roles because she loves the opportunity to play such diverse characters. She's so far had [[Series/StargateAtlantis magic powers]], [[Series/HemlockGrove been a werewolf]], [[{{Series/Defiance}} married an alien]] and [[Series/OnceUponATime been Maleficent's daughter]].

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/DustyRhodes' 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.

* A major reason Creator/DouglasHodge signed on to play Willy Wonka in the 2013 West End musical ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (and gave up the lead role in Cameron Mackintosh's revival of ''Barnum'' in the process) was because he'd never had the chance to participate in the from-the-ground-up creative process of staging a new musical before, and the creators of this one were receptive to his ideas for both his character and the show. (It was his dissatisfaction with his intended introductory song that saved "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen", the Act One finale {{Showstopper}}, from being a CutSong, for instance.)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Creator/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/VicMignogna is a massive [[OneOfUs Trekkie]], and with ''Star Trek Continues'', he will get to realise his life-long dream of playing Captain Kirk.
* Matt Hullum, Joel Heyman, Creator/KathleenZuelch, and Creator/GavinFree of Creator/RoosterTeeth all gave up jobs in Hollywood to work with the company. For Matt, he turned down a role on ''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/ChristopherSabat guest starred on ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' for '''free''' just because he always wanted to play [[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** Creator/WillFriedle 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 1990s ''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 (the usual version of the story is that somebody else was already cast, but Hamill wanted to make sure they had the [[LaughingMad right]] [[EvilLaugh laugh]] for the Joker, and recorded a few Joker Laughs to give to the already cast actor; they were so good he got the job over the initially cast person).
*** Actually, Tim Curry had been initially cast in the role- but it was decided that his take on the character was far too creepy and disturbing to use. Considering how creepy Hamill's version was...
* 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.
* 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.
* Creator/TomHanks signed up for ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' when Creator/{{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.
* 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''. He eventually got his own [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Supervillain]] {{Musical}}.
* 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.
* 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.
* Famed tennis star Serena Williams accepted a bit part on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' as a female prison guard because she was such a fan of the series.
* 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 day, played that character every time he has appeared, with only one exception.)

[[folder: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. The Thor Johnsson character is this from the start.