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->''"People ask me why I'm playing in this picture. The answer is simple: [[TropeNamer Money, dear boy.]]"''
-->-- '''Creator/LaurenceOlivier''', on his role in ''Film/{{Inchon}}'' (full quote [[Quotes/MoneyDearBoy here]])

Sometimes, undeniably famous, classical actors and actresses take roles in movies that are very against their type. Unlike the {{Classically Trained Extra}}s, who lament that their talent is being wasted, or the small but legitimate roles of the OneSceneWonder, or the OldShame of roles taken when it was the only work available, this trope covers actors who are completely fine with the situation. Why? Simply put: the long green.

Obviously, movies are big business, and the right name at the top of the poster can be the difference between a hit and a flop. And it's hard to argue with the fact that, when offered buckets and buckets of cash for three weeks of shooting, anyone would be a fool not to take it. After all, acting is a volatile profession, as many starving artists can attest, and financial security for you and your family is nothing to turn from: It's not so much selling out, as selling ''well''. And furthermore, most creative professions are overcrowded; for every wealthy and successful artist who can afford to sniff at jobs that are 'beneath' him or her, there's ten or more underworked ones who would kill for a chance at the income. On a cynical note, in the state that America is in today, you shouldn't be surprised to see this more often. Most actors have been seen sliding down the perceived hierarchy of the entertainment field, with the most common "step down" is for actors who primarily work in film suddenly "slumming it" by taking roles on television.

Still, if you do too many of these, you run the risk of having a rather strange Website/IMDb record and irrevocably ruining your reputation as a creative thespian: so much potential and talent wasted. Some artists, however, can turn this to their advantage; a common reason cited by many successful artists who engage in this trope is that a high-paying job that doesn't greatly interest them means that they have more money to put into funding and appearing in lower-budget but more creatively appealing ones.

To be clear, however, there is no shame at all for doing a movie for the money, and if the movie happens to be a great one, artistically or popularly, all the better. Even if it is for the money, the level can be kept high and professional and they can turn out something great (like the example with Coppola and ''Film/TheGodfather'').

If it ends up a mediocre, run of the mill production, that's also excusable. People in creative jobs need an income the same as anyone else, and in fact, many of the greatest popcorn flicks of all time are great primarily because the studio shelled out the money to get actors and directors who would rather be doing something else, but who were still prepared to give the audience a good performance.

However, should a cash-in movie end up DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible, both the audience and the critics are likely to be notably less forgiving than they would be while judging a bad movie with original, artistic premise marred by flawed execution. As a result, rather paradoxically, an artist who takes the job for the money is perhaps best trying to put in a decent (or at least entertaining) performance even in a movie that doesn't match up to their standards. Whether they TookTheBadFilmSeriously or end up ChewingTheScenery with HamAndCheese, they're likely to elicit more respect from the audience than if they took the money but made it clear through their performance that they couldn't care less for anything but the paycheck.

This is also the reason for the percentage of high quality foreign artists appearing in crummy American films: Hollywood, even at its most cheapskate, tends to pay much better than any other film industry in the world. Note that this also applies to starring in big US television shows; with multi-million dollar deals commonplace, it can allow you to be a lot more choosy for the next few years.

Similar to getting a healthy paycheck, some actors will just want to do something "[[SoMyKidsCanWatch their kids can watch]]", the kind of roles most actors seek usually being dark and not appropriate for minors.

A common theme -- especially among older actors and actresses -- stems from growing up during hard economic conditions, either from a poor economy as a whole or from family hardships. The fear that "The Next Job" may not come, as it often failed to do for their family, drives them to take roles they might not otherwise be interested in. And, again, they're not exaggerating: any actor, young and old, always deals with extremely uneven income flow with absolutely no hard guarantees for the future.

Compare and contrast DoingItForTheArt (when artistic value and/or achievement is the primary motivator), and AwesomeDearBoy (when the actor takes the role for the coolness of it, regardless of how crappy the work is), VacationDearBoy (where they work on the project so they can go to a special location), and OneForTheMoneyOneForTheArt (where a creator uses the money earned from a purely commercial project to finance one that's more personal and artistic).

See also ContractualObligationProject, PayingTheirDues, IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney (when this trope is given as the excuse for OldShame), WTHCastingAgency, TookTheBadFilmSeriously. Not to be confused with OnlyInItForTheMoney, which is when this is the excuse a character uses ''in-story''.

Also notice that if a great actor is in a crappy movie, it doesn't necessarily mean that he's in it just for the money; contrast AwesomeDearBoy and SoMyKidsCanWatch.



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* Bud Abbott only agreed to voice himself in the ''Abbott and Costello'' cartoon because he owed money to [[IntimidatingRevenueService the IRS]].
* Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appeared in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' because the role paid for an expensive rug he wished to purchase. Subverted in that the movie is now considered a classic.
* Joss Ackland said that his money woes were the only reason he appeared in the movie ''Passion of Mind'', which he called 'awful'.
* Arab-American comedian and actor Ahmed Ahmed has a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA2-mxsMUtw stand-up bit]] where he talks about getting offered the role of Terrorist #4 in a Hollywood movie (after [[SpringtimeForHitler attempting to troll the audition]] by playing the role as mockingly over-the-top as possible). Ahmed describes that his first reaction was to reject the role on principle, because every time an ethnic actor takes a stereotypical role it just perpetuates the problem... until his agent informed him that he would be paid $30,000 for a week of work, at which point he [[EveryManHasHisPrice promptly signed on.]]
* In his book ''There And Back Again: An Actor's Tale'', Creator/SeanAstin talks at length about reconciling the conflict between the desire as an actor to do serious, important work, and the need to pay the bills by doing things like ''Film/EncinoMan''.
* Creator/JohnBarrowman stated this as his only reason for appearing in the legendary ''Film/SharkAttack3Megalodon''.
* One notable exception: Creator/KimBasinger backed out of the production of ''Film/BoxingHelena'', and as a result was sued for eight million dollars. Basinger was forced to enter bankruptcy. Money well spent? Considering its critical/commercial failure and the catastrophic career damage that it caused to both director/writer Jennifer Chambers Lynch and eventual star Sherilyn Fenn, most would agree it was. ''Rolling Stone'''s [[http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/movie/5947295/review/5947296/boxing_helena review]] even stated: "Sometimes even making the right decision can cost you."
* Alan Napier described this as his reason for playing Alfred in ''Series/{{Batman}}''. He had no interest in the series until his agent mentioned a salary over $100,000. Though Napier expressed pride and fondness for the role later on.
* Creator/HalleBerry:
** This was her declared motivation for starring in ''Film/ExecutiveDecision''. It evidently had nothing to do with the quality of the film itself (she simply didn't want to do it), but changed her mind when Warner Bros. offered her a $1 million salary for the role of a stewardess who helps the team. She quickly signed up for it.
** She received a record salary for appearing in ''Film/{{Catwoman}}'', which flopped at the box office. She accepted the "Worst Actress" [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie]] with her Oscar (for ''Monster's Ball'') in her other hand. This film has a strange history; before Berry was attached it was a generic superhero film. After getting her, it became a vanity film for Berry, and they shoehorned in the Catwoman angle. Perhaps Money, Dear Boy was at work when DC Comics allowed their trademarked name to be used in a film they had no input to. It really didn't help that the actual Catwoman character was off-limits because of the possibility she would appear in [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises another Batman movie]].
* Creator/PaulBettany's growing family must be the reason he made ''Film/{{Legion}}'' and ''Film/{{Priest 2011}}''. He even pulled out of the lead role in ''Film/TheKingsSpeech'' (which won Creator/ColinFirth an Oscar) to do the latter. Or perhaps for AwesomeDearBoy, as he has an entry there for ''Legion'' as well. Possibly both. And in a more quality product, but admittedly done for cash: the voice of Jarvis in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
-->[[http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/news/a430972/paul-bettany-ive-never-seen-any-of-the-iron-man-movies-video.html I feel like a pirate. This is robbery. I walk in, I say some lines on a piece of paper for two hours, and then they give me a bag of money and I leave and I go about my day. I sort of feel guilty, because at least acting can be exhausting, with long hours… but I do nothing! And I've never seen one of them."]]
** Once Bettany got upgraded to a more physical role as Vision in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', he joked that [[http://www.zap2it.com/blogs/the_avengers_2_paul_bettany_jarvis_vision_age_of_ultron-2014-08 "now they want me to work for my money versus turn up for 45 minutes in a darkened studio and [act] Jarvis"]].
* Creator/AngelaBettis said that this is why she took the title role in Creator/{{NBC}}'s [[MadeForTVMovie made-for-TV]] [[TheRemake remake]] of ''Literature/{{Carrie}}''. Specifically, the film was intended as a PilotMovie for a ''Carrie'' TV series (which ultimately didn't get picked up due to the film's disappointing ratings), and she took the role hoping it would lead to the sort of steady paycheck that working on a TV show provides.
* In a behind the scenes featurette for ''FarCry3BloodDragon'', Creator/MichaelBiehn stated that he did Rex Colt's voice work for a paycheck and not much else. However, much like the game itself, the featurette was very tongue-in-cheek, and Biehn also said he had quite a lot of fun recording the more...[[ClusterFBomb colorful]] lines of his character.
* Creator/CharlesBronson's whole career. After an early life of extremely unpleasant and menial jobs, he took a stab at acting simply because he thought it looked like an easy way to make money. Even after he became the best-paid actor in the world, he described himself as "a product, like a cake of soap to be sold." In all of his interviews, he insisted that he had no opinions about the movies he appeared in or the roles he played. He simply memorized his lines and performed as needed.
* In Rock Brynner's book ''Yul: The Man Who Would Be King'', this sentiment is expressed by Creator/YulBrynner to his son. Due to a combination of factors (including unscrupulous film studios, his absence from the U.S. and an increasing reliance on maintaining his property), Yul was content to take any role as long as it offered a paycheck. He turned in roles in scores of schlocky films, and would always note to his son that because the studios and government felt compelled to try to screw him over at every opportunity, he could do the same thing to make money on projects that were beneath his star power.
* In an interview promoting the film ''28 Days'' (no, not [[Film/TwentyEightDaysLater that one]]) the interviewer asked Creator/SandraBullock why she chose to star in it. She promptly answered that she needed the money. The interviewer started to laugh, but stopped shortly when he noticed Ms. Bullock was serious.
* Creator/RichardBurton made a career of it. The accomplished actor who did ''Becket'', ''Film/TheSpyWhoCameInFromTheCold'' and ''Film/{{Equus}}'' also starred in ''The Assassination of Trotsky'', ''Bluebeard'', ''Film/ExorcistIITheHeretic''...
* Creator/SteveBuscemi will not turn down a high-paying role. When asked about his appearance in ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', he replied, "I wanted a bigger house." On the other hand, a film ([[Series/TheSopranos or]] [[Series/BoardwalkEmpire show]]) with Steve Buscemi [[SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery is automatically worth your time and effort.]]
* Creator/JamesCaan told any media person he could at the time that he did ''Film/AlienNation'' purely for the money.
* Creator/NicolasCage likes to spend his cash, [[http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/11/17/nicolas.cage.lawsuit/ to the point he declared bankruptcy in 2009.]] Along with selling properties (which include ''a castle in France'') he started taking many roles afterwards that can be perfectly explained with "I need to finish off my debt with the IRS."
* Creator/MichaelCaine, who has stated: "First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent." His most shameful role is probably Hoagie in ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'' -- his work on the film also prevented him from attending the ceremony where he would've been awarded his first Oscar. After his work on ''Jaws IV'', Caine finally started turning down offers like this. At least until his appearance in ''Film/{{Bewitched}}''. Caine said of ''Jaws IV'': "I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house it built, and it is terrific."
* In one game of "Scenes from a Hat" on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', where the scene in question was "rejected names for Whose Line", Wayne suggested "Drew Carey's House Payment".
* Creator/JohnCarradine may well be the patron saint of this trope. On the stage he played Hamlet. On the screen he played, well, damn near ''anything.'' He wasn't just in [[BMovie B-movies]], he appeared in Z-movies like ''Film/RedZoneCuba'' and ''Vampire Men of the Lost Planet.'' And his son [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Carradine David Carradine]] definitely followed in his footsteps.
* Creator/JackieChan admits that he did appear in a porno film to get by several years before he became famous.
** He originally did his own stunts because it meant he brought home a little more money every week. Over time this became his trademark, proving TropesAreNotBad.
** It's also the reason he continues doing big budget Hollywood movies, despite not really getting the "American humor" and accusations by the Chinese community that he's "selling out" by playing the funny Chinese man. The massive salary enables him to fund his Asian movies as well as continue his charitable work. He has said he prefers the indie Hong Kong dramas that he works on, such as ''Film/ShinjukuIncident'', which his Hollywood films help pay for.
* Creator/ChevyChase with ''Series/{{Community}}''. Despite the critical acclaim and devoted fanbase, Chase made little secret of his discontent with being on the show, creator Creator/DanHarmon, and sitcoms in general ("the lowest form of television"). He stated outright that the paycheck and his cast members were the only things that kept him around. He finally left the show after four seasons. (Ironically, number four was the [[SeasonalRot de-Harmonized season]], and he also quit because [[JerkassHasAPoint he was irritated with the]] {{Flanderization}} [[JerkassHasAPoint that Pierce had suffered]].)
* It's pretty much why Creator/JessicaChastain lent her voice to ''WesternAnimation/Madagascar3EuropesMostWanted'':
-->There was a couch I wanted to buy and I had no time in my schedule to do another film. I was doing so much press last year[[note]]for ''Film/TheTreeOfLife'', ''Film/TheHelp'' and ''Film/TakeShelter''[[/note]], thinking, "How am I going to pay my rent?" Also, I had to buy a new couch. My agent said, "I don't know if you're interested, but they're having auditions for an animated film..." I've always wanted to do an animated film... So I went in and auditioned and then I got the call that I got the part. [[RuleOfThree And I got the couch!]]
* Creator/GlennClose [[http://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/scifi/glenn-close-admits-shes-guardians-galaxy-paycheck.html said she only did]] ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' for this. Though she also admitted [[AwesomeDearBoy it seemed like a fun experience]], and even signed a contract to appear in more Marvel movies.
* Ray Combs hosted ''Series/FamilyChallenge'' because he was deep in debt from his comedy clubs closing, a car accident and being let go from ''Series/FamilyFeud''.
* Creator/PeterCook agreed to do a US TV pilot purely for the money, believing it wouldn't sell -- but unfortunately (for him) ''The Two of Us'' (a TransAtlanticEquivalent of the British comedy ''Two's Company'') sold and become his only sitcom on either side of the Atlantic.
* Creator/JoanCrawford, for much of her life, was an in-demand actress who reigned at the box office. However, after she got fired from ''Film/HushHushSweetCharlotte'', originally intended to be the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Film/WhateverHappenedToBabyJane'', no one can deny that her film choices later in life were less motivated by the need for fame and more influenced by cold, hard cash (which was apparently caused by her star power fading and her being ousted from the board of Pepsi, formerly run by her deceased husband). This would explain why she went from dramatic leading roles to scenery-chewing in various cheap horror films produced by Creator/WilliamCastle or Herman Cohen, as well as appearances in several short-lived television series -- although she did also appear in the most [[AllStarCast guest-star laden]] episode of ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' ("The Five Daughters Affair").
** ''This Woman Is Dangerous'' she only did because her house had a mortgage and her children were in school. She later disowned it.
** In the latter part of her career she starred in a string of B-horror movies because she needed the money, lamenting that they were a far-cry from the days when she made thousands a week as an in-demand actress. As Neil Deagle of ''Bad Movie Night'' explained about ''Trog'' (her final film), "It's really sad to see such a huge star (like her) be consigned to the Z-grade abyss of films like this. But, hey, a girl's gotta eat."
** Though often cited as Crawford's lowest moment as an actor, ''Trog'' is in some ways an inversion: the director was a personal friend of hers and she did the movie more as a favor to him than in need of a paycheck. She was paid very well for the movie too, and a good portion of the budget was spent to ensure she had her own wardrobe van.
* Creator/DavidCross has been very upfront about the fact that his participation in the ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' franchise has been motivated by money, noting his salary from the first film was more money than any of his other projects had ever brought in combined and helped him buy a new house. However, he seems to have had enough with the third film which he called "the most unpleasant experience I've ever had in my professional life," and he even asked people to not watch it in theaters on Conan.
* Averted until fairly recently by BillyCrudup, who only made the movies that he wanted to, because he made an astronomical amount of money by being the voice of the "For everything else, there's Mastercard," commercials.
* Creator/CharlesDance has done some films he's not proud of. In a quote taken from the ''London Evening Standard'' he said "I've done some appalling films. Junk is absolutely the right word. You do what you can with the stuff you're given. It's a misconception that actors make choices. For all but the most privileged few, the only choice is to work or not to work."
* When asked why he did ''Film/{{Stargate}}'', Jaye Davidson said, "I needed the money."
** Originally, he had no intention of acting again after ''Film/TheCryingGame''. So when he was offered a role in ''Stargate'', he insisted on a $1 million salary, figuring there'd be no way they'd be willing to pay him that much. But his offer was accepted, and he decided that it'd be nice to have some financial security, so he took the role.
** Ditto for [[http://www.gateworld.net/movies/01.shtml James Spader]], who found the script "awful". ''"Acting, for me, is a passion, but it's also a job, and I've always approached it as such. I have a certain manual-labourist view of acting. There's no shame in taking a film because you need some [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] money."''
* This was originally the reason why Creator/JohnDeLancie took the role of Discord in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. He had completely forgotten about the role, recorded months earlier, by the time the fan mail started pouring in. Upon interacting with the fanbase, he changed his mind somewhat, and not only expressed willingness to reprise his role, but also brought his own connections and resources to help make a documentary about the fans (though he was ''not'' happy when 4chan uploaded said film onto The Pirate Bay just to spite him, and the combination of that plus a horrible convention experience -- where he and the other actors didn't get paid -- led him to break off contact again).
* Julie Delpy stated that she only made ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInParis'' because "I got paid a lot of money; let's face it, a girl's got to eat." Delpy admitted it was " just a campy, stupid little movie", but despite the experience being so miserable that she remained away from Hollywood, she says it's not an OldShame because "it allowed me to spend time writing".
* Creator/GerardDepardieu stars in an average of 3.6 movies a year, most of them probably to pay his bills. There's a rhyming lament of the American Foreign-Film viewer that goes: "I fear I shall never view, a French film without Depardieu." Admittedly, it rhymes only if you pronounce him incorrectly.
* Creator/JohnnyDepp for four seasons of his six-season contract on ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet''.
* Creator/StephenDillane has admitted in an interview that he didn't understand ''Series/GameOfThrones'', and that he only did it for the money.
* Creator/BradDourif admits to pretty much taking any role he can for a paycheck.
--> "I'm a whore. If they have a check and camera and a script and stuff for me to say, I am mostly there, unless I just can't take it."
* Why Lesley-Anne Down played Stephanie Rogers on ''Series/{{Dallas}}'':
---> (T)hey paid me a quarter of a million dollars for seven days' work over ten weeks. What do you think I am, darling? Stupid?!
* In an online chat about the 2006 ''Film/{{Poseidon}}'' remake, RichardDreyfuss had this memorable exchange:
--->What attracted you to this film?
--->''The money''.
--->Did anything in particular stand out about it?
--->''The money they were offering me.''
** It was enough for him to take a break from acting and [[http://www.movieweb.com/news/richard-dreyfuss-answers-an-age-old-question-with-poseidon teach for a few years]], although at the time he said he was done for good.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_MacGraw Ali [=MacGraw=]]] said this is why she did ''Series/{{Dynasty}}''.
* Jose Ferrer (father of [[Creator/MiguelFerrer Miguel]]), who went from an Oscar-winning performance in ''Film/CyranoDeBergerac'', and acclaimed films like ''Moulin Rouge'' (1952), ''Film/TheCaineMutiny'' and ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'', to roles in ''Film/TheSwarm'', ''Film/{{Dune}}'' and ''Dracula's Dog'', alongside television work of variable quality. Citing financial woes as the reason for such a dismal resume, Ferrer commented that "I made a few good movies in the '50s, then went into freefall."
* Creator/HenryFonda went from ''Film/YoungMrLincoln'', ''Film/TheGrapesOfWrath'' and ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' to ''Film/TheSwarm'', ''Film/{{Meteor}}'' and other films of comparable quality.
* Creator/HarrisonFord is still one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood (even though he's in semi-retirement), earning tens of millions per year on projects like ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' and ''Film/CowboysAndAliens''. Yet, he's also spent a large amount of time camping it up in films like ''Film/HollywoodHomicide'', ''Film/{{Firewall}}'' and ''Film/K19TheWidowmaker'' (which he received a record salary for). He's also starred in {{Japandering}} commercials for ''VideoGame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception''. It's a safe bet that if he isn't starring in an indie film or one of his past franchise roles, he's probably doing it for the paycheck.
** When promoting ''Film/EndersGame'' on ''Series/TheTonightShow'', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Leno Jay Leno]] asked Ford about his involvement with ''Film/TheExpendables3''. Ford says, "They asked me if I wanted to be in the movie, they gave me a reason that I should be..." ''*Leno rubs his thumbs and fingers together, signifying "money", Ford nods.*'' "That's a good enough reason."
* Creator/MichaelJFox said that after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, his thinking during that time was "I'd better do as much movies as I can before I can no longer act", and started accepting roles for movies that, in the end, weren't very good.
* Creator/MorganFreeman said he only did ''Film/BatmanBegins'' for the money. The fact that that movie and its two sequels, ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', in which he also appeared, turned out to be successful financially and critically may have been a nice surprise for him.

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* Creator/RichardGere told Barbara Waters that he appeared in ''Film/AnOfficerAndAGentleman'' for the money.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gielgud John Gielgud]]: Oscar winner. Emmy winner. Grammy winner. Tony winner. Acclaimed actor and director. KNIGHT. Connoisseur of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhZv8aIr55k fine champagne]].
** He originally and consistently refused starring in ''Film/{{Arthur}}'', but the producers kept upping his fee until he really couldn't turn it down. In the end he won an Academy Award for the role.
** By most accounts, Gielgud thought little of film acting generally and mainly took roles for money, regardless of their quality.
* This is why it was said about Creator/WhoopiGoldberg that "nobody like a paycheck like her." On the other hand, she's one of only twelve people to win the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.)
** Creator/KimBasinger's situation after backing out of ''Film/BoxingHelena'' was the main reason Creator/WhoopiGoldberg settled for a massive paycheck on ''Film/TheodoreRex''. She agreed to do it, saw the script, tried walking out, and decided "rich and ashamed" beat "broke and principled".
* Reportedly, when Creator/BobcatGoldthwait was given a script of the movie ''Hot to Trot'', he wrote "Why would I do this?" on the cover. His agent responded by drawing a dollar sign over it.
* Matthew Goode said that ''Film/LeapYear'' was "turgid" and the only reasons he did it were for money and so he could see his family more often.
* Cuba Gooding Jr.: Academy Award-winning actor and well-paid star of ''Film/SnowDogs'', ''Film/BoatTrip'', ''Film/{{Norbit}}'', ''Film/DaddyDayCamp'' and countless DirectToVideo films.
* Can there be any other reason for Oscar and Emmy Award winning Louis Gossett Jr. appearing in the Creator/DolphLundgren vehicle ''Film/ThePunisher1989'' and a slew of ''Film/IronEagle'' sequels?
** Gossett himself pointed out that a "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar is something of a curse; smaller projects think they can't afford you, and larger projects don't think you can open a film on your own.
* Sir Creator/AlecGuinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi in ''Franchise/StarWars'' is one of the most notable examples of this trope ever. His contract was for 2% of Lucas' own 1/5 share of the film's gross earnings, which ended up (unexpectedly, to most observers) being among the most lucrative film deals ever made. This tempered his later opinion of the film; he [[IAmNotSpock deeply resented being identified with a film he vocally didn't respect]], but had to admit he [[DoingItForTheArt owed his later ability to be very picky with roles]] to the resulting financial independence.
* Many of Creator/GeneHackman's roles were like this. A good example was the film ''Lucky Lady'', which was a film that he didn't even want to do until Fox offered him $1.25 million (a lot of money in 1975) to make it. He decided that it would be obscene not to take the offer and accepted the part.
** ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' was another one -- he admitted to co-star Jon Cryer that that was the main reason he signed on.
* Creator/RichardHarris took on a third-billed role in ''Film/MutinyOnTheBounty'' for a hefty paycheck, [[AwesomeDearBoy a chance to act opposite Marlon Brando]] and [[VacationDearBoy a free trip to Tahiti]].
** He took on the title role in ''Film/{{Cromwell}}'', a casting choice that raised many eyebrows, as he was a hedonistic proudly patriotic Irishman playing a puritan who once committed genocide in Ireland. The salary was simply too good to pass up.
* This is why ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' star John Hawkes played what was essentially a bit part in season six of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' -- his role was literally just repeating what another actor said and for that he got paid a lot and filmed in Hawaii.
* As an actor, Creator/LanceHenriksen has appeared in well over 100 films. Many of these have been great (''Film/{{Aliens}}'', ''Film/TheTerminator'', ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', ''Film/NearDark''). Many more, however, have been pretty dire (''Film/PiranhaPartTwoTheSpawning'', ''Vampires: Out For Blood'' and ''Film/HellraiserHellworld'' to name but a few). He even worked in a Brazilian soap opera about mutants. Henriksen is a king of direct-to-DVD, and seems to specialize in mostly low budget SF, horror, fantasy or action flicks -- films in which he is very often the only notable actor on board. Henriksen is also often very guilty of phoning-it-in, and frequently plays the same deadpan, imposing, monotone father-figure character he's been portraying for the last thirty-or-so years. He's appeared in multiple cheap cash-ins on pre-existing popular franchises (see ''[[TheMockbuster The Da Vinci Treasure]]'' and ''[[TheMockbuster Pirates Of Treasure Island]]'', both released in 2006) has provided voice duties for many animated series and video games, appeared in adverts and also found time along the way to star in Creator/ChrisCarter's grim (but mostly great) pseudo-''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]'' spinoff series ''Series/{{Millennium}}'' for three years. Henriksen has admitted to taking some less-than-stellar roles for the money because he owed alimony to his ex-wife. He's undeniably one of those actors and when he is good, such as in ''Millennium'', he is ''very'' good.
* Eamonn Holmes explained his appearance on ''Series/{{Mongrels}}'' by saying he didn't even look at the script, only the fee.
* Creator/AnthonyHopkins said it in an interview on Creator/ConanOBrien. Conan said to Anthony that "some actors choose movies based on who they'll be working with, or who's catering the set. What makes you choose a movie?" Hopkins' response was "Well, money." After the major success of ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', Hopkins' very next movie was (drum roll) ''Film/{{Freejack}}''!
* When Creator/DennisHopper was asked by his younger son on why he appeared in awful productions such as ''Film/SuperMarioBros'', he replied it was to buy him shoes. His son replied he [[http://kotaku.com/5079261/why-the-hell-dennis-hopper-did-that-mario-movie didn't need them that much]].
** Creator/BobHoskins also said that was the only movie he did for the money. And yes, [[CreatorBacklash he hated the film too]] (see also Creator/JohnLeguizamo).
** Hopper probably starred in the box-office flop ''Meet The Deedles'' for the same reason.
** Though surprisingly averted with ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'', which he admitted to liking. He believed the reason that it bombed in the US was because the filmmakers announced that it was overbudgeted, shooting themselves in the foot.
* Music/IceT recalled one interview on a hip-hop show where the host made fun of him for doing ''Film/TankGirl''. He replied "I was paid $800,000 for that movie." The host moved on.
* In his comedy special in Hawaii, Creator/GabrielIglesias mentioned that when he signed on to do a show in Singapore, he was unaware that English is actually the dominant language there. When asked why he would agree to do a show when he didn't even know if they spoke English, he replies, "Because the check was ''fat''. And I'm a little whore."
* Creator/JeremyIrons' appearances in ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' and ''Film/{{Eragon}}'' are motivated either by this or a desire to be [[FascinatingEyebrow out-acted by his eyebrows.]] It's a toss-up. According to Wikiquote, when asked why he took his Dungeons and Dragons role, Irons replied: "Are you kidding? I'd just bought a castle, I had to pay for it somehow!"
** Jeremy has said that he frequently does movies only to pay for his castle. He also did ''Film/BeautifulCreatures'' to pay for the castle.
* Creator/MichaelIronside has never made any bones about the fact that he takes jobs based on the pay he's offered, and once joked that he took his role as TheDragon in ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' because he wanted to buy his oldest daughter a new car for her 16th birthday.
** This crossed over with AwesomeDearBoy and HamAndCheese in the case of ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening''.
-->'''Michael Ironside:''' "Yeah, listen, I hated that script. We all did. Me, Sean, Chris... we all were in it for the money on this one. I mean, it (the script) read as if it had been written by a thirteen year old boy. But I'd never played a barbarian swordsman before, and this was my first big evil mastermind type. I figured if I was going to do this stupid movie, I might as well have fun and go as far over the top as I possibly could. All that eye-rolling and foaming at the mouth was me deciding that if I was going to be in a piece of shit like that movie, I was going to be the most memorable fucking thing in it. And I think I succeeded."
* Creator/FamkeJanssen appeared in ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'' because she wanted to pay off her mortgage.
* Creator/JamesEarlJones has always been very upfront about doing anything that comes with a salary attached. Lampshaded by his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxuhOS3UduY&feature=player_detailpage#t=83 appearance]] in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': "To be completely honest, I didn't know Charlie Harper. But any man who, with his dying breath, would set aside $25,000 and a first-class air ticket so I could deliver his eulogy is aces in my book!"
* Creator/RaulJulia taking the role of M. Bison in the ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie was motivated by knowledge of his imminent death from stomach cancer, and a wish to [[SoMyKidsCanWatch leave his children well off]] -- in fact, he let his sons choose which film he'd perform in, and they chose ''Film/StreetFighter'' because they were fans of the game. His [[HamAndCheese amazing]] MagnificentBastard performance in the role is one of many elements that made the film [[SoBadItsGood hilariously awful]] instead of just simply bad.
** Julia's accepting of roles as Gomez in the 1991 and 1993 ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family]]'' movies (particularly the latter) are also attributed to this circumstance.
** Similarly, he was in the cheesy ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'' entirely due to his support of public television. He was also the only bright spot in the entire movie, and when ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' riffed on it shortly after his death, they went out of their way to point out that they respected Julia and were mocking the movie itself, not his performance.
* Creator/BenKingsley has been in many bad films: ''Film/BloodRayne'', ''Film/{{Species}}'', ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}'', ''Film/TheLoveGuru'' and ''Film/ASoundOfThunder''. His excuse? His children have gotten used to eating. And sometimes actors are susceptible to the RuleOfCool: Kingsley says he took ''Film/BloodRayne'' because he had never had the chance to play a vampire.
* Creator/KlausKinski says it himself in one documentary. ''"Every time when I was out of money, I would just make any movie, I really didn't care. And suddenly the newspaper write I am the best murderer, the best this one, the best that one. And it isn't even too megalomanic to say 'Sure, you idiots. I can do all that. Without even trying.'"'' Kinski was offered the supporting role of evil Nazi torturer Toht in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', but he ''turned it down'' in favour of a lead role in long-forgotten killer snake film ''Venom'', as the salary was higher. His co-star? Creator/OliverReed, who had to pay his bar bill ''somehow''. He also turned down a role in a Federico Fellini (!) movie because the cash was too low, by sending him a telegram saying "[[PrecisionFStrike Go fuck yourself]]."
* Creator/YaphetKotto admitted this is the reason why his reprised his ''Film/{{Alien}}'' role of Parker in ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation''.
* Averted by respected actor Frank Langella, who has denied that his part in ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse'' was a purely mercenary decision. He states that he quite [[AwesomeDearBoy enjoyed playing]] [[HamAndCheese a cape-swirling villain.]]
* John Larroquette in Music/FiftyCent's ''Gun'' as the rich gun runner Sam, not to mention his appearance in ''Film/SouthlandTales'' as Vaughn Smallhouse.
* Cloris Leachman admitted in a now-lost interview she only does [[Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure kids movies]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant voice]]-[[Anime/{{Ponyo}} acting]] [[WesternAnimation/TheCroods stints]] for the money.
* Creator/DenisLeary on the ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' series: "I've been around long enough to think ahead, so I'm like, 'Ah, f***, the guy dies.' As an actor I'm like, 'Well, I get to do a big juicy death scene, but I could be out on the sequels which is where the real money is." He also has mentioned that he also does these movies [[SoMyKidsCanWatch for his nieces and nephews]].
* Creator/ChristopherLee made a career out of doing any role at a reasonable price without excessive prima-donnaism. In other words, if you could fork up the cash, you'd get a classy talent who'd play any role (if you need any more proof, please watch ''Film/TheCastleOfFuManchu''). Any role, that is, except {{Dracula}}. He never did that again (although in his later years, his age made him increasingly uncomfortable with flying, so his roles were limited to the UK, such as when the team on ''Film/TheHobbit'' accomodated him when he reprised his role as Saruman). He also voiced his displeasure with some of his choices; while filming ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'' he apologized to director Creator/JoeDante for appearing in the sequel to his film ''Film/TheHowling''.
* Creator/StewartLee's sudden appearance on a lot of [[GameShow Quiz Shows]] in 2006 was just to pay off his wedding. Other than that Lee tends to focus on low key events with only slim profit margins.
* Creator/EugeneLevy is not as top-tiered an actor as many of those on this list... still, you'd think a man with two Emmys and a Grammy could do better than ''New York Minute'', ''Film/CheaperByTheDozen 2'', ''Bringing Down the House'', ''The Man'', and the endless appearances in Straight-To-DVD ''Film/AmericanPie'' sequels. Several of Levy's ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' co-stars could qualify in this regard, particularly Martin Short.
* Creator/RayLiotta has said that the only reason he voiced Tommy Vercetti in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' was because of the money. In an MTV interview, he admitted that he's never even seen or played the game. In another interview he was asked if could do the role again, knowing it was a going to be hit. What would he have done differently. His reply was "Ask for more money".
* While Creator/PeterLorre's career probably never reached its full potential to begin with (due to typecasting, studio practices, and a distinctive appearance), it definitely reached a low point after the failure of his only directorial effort ''Der Verlorene'' in the early 1950s. After that he took whatever roles he could get because he desperately needed the money after losing most of his early earnings through bad investments and a corrupt accountant, and he had to provide for himself, his family, and cover the costs of various attempts to cure his morphine addiction. Lorre warned friends to never leave money management up to somebody else, and often said that he would have retired from acting if he hadn't needed the money so badly.
* Creator/DolphLundgren only did ''[[VideoGame/DungeonSiege In the Name of the King: Two Worlds]]'' as he needed the money to pay his lawyers during his divorce.
* Creator/MichaelMadsen [[http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/interviews/1020-michael-madsen said]] he's only been in six good movies -- ''Film/KillBill'', ''Film/{{Species}}'', ''Film/FreeWilly'', ''Film/ThelmaAndLouise'', ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' and ''Film/DonnieBrasco''. He explains due to both "I'm just hard to please" and "I've made some crap but you've got to pay the bills".
* John Mahoney has said this of his role on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
* Creator/DeanMartin didn't really want to do his eponymous variety show but, at the same time, didn't want to say "No" outright. He asked for an exorbitant salary and that he not be required to rehearse or shoot retakes among other demands. When NBC agreed to every single one, he felt that he was honor-bound to go through with the show.
* Creator/SteveMartin has admitted that he only does films like ''Film/CheaperByTheDozen'' and ''Film/ThePinkPanther2006'' so he can finance his writing and art collection, and it's more fun to keep starring in comedies than to try breaking out as a dramatic actor.
* Practically any film that the Creator/MarxBrothers accepted to make together after ''Film/ADayAtTheRaces'' was made to raise money to cover for Chico Marx's recurring debts and expenses. This is especially true of their final film, ''Love Happy'', which was not originally planned to include Groucho and Chico.
* When Hattie [=McDaniel=], who won an Academy Award for playing a house slave in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', was asked why she kept taking roles that cast her as [[{{Mammy}} a stereotypical black servant]] in films and radio shows, she famously responded "Why should I complain about making $700[[note]]$12,000 by today's standards[[/note]] a week playing a maid? If I didn't, I'd be making $7 a week ''being'' one."
* Creator/IanMcKellen, early in the 2000s, was a relatively respectable version of this: huge blockbusters, but well-reviewed ones. He seemed to quite enjoy his higher profile, and remarked on how funny it was he and his cohorts from his stage days were known for these sorts of roles. Of course, he's also done things like ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'' in between things like appearing with Creator/PatrickStewart in ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot'' on stage.
* When he was first offered the role of John Steed on ''Series/TheAvengers'', Patrick Macnee turned it down to pursue a career as a television producer. The producers kept coming back to him, so to deter them, he asked for (at the time) a exorbitant amount of money, more than an actor had ever been paid for British TV up to that time. To his great surprise, the producers accepted his asking price, and the rest is history.
* Creator/RayMilland had an illustrious film career when he was younger, winning a Best Actor award for ''Film/TheLostWeekend'' in 1945 and appearing in a clutch of other classics like ''Film/{{The Uninvited|1944}}'' and ''Film/DialMForMurder''. But as he got old he started to pop up in lots and lots of cheap, bad sci-fi and horror like, well, ''Film/{{Frogs}}''. When asked why, he answered "For the money, old boy!"
* Creator/HelenMirren was once asked why she appeared in ''Film/TeachingMrsTingle''. The answer? "Because they gave me a [[PrecisionFStrike shitload]] of money to do it."
* According to Creator/JulianneMoore, the only reason why she agreed to do ''Jurassic Park 2'' -- she thought the script was juvenile and has had a long-term mutual hate on for her co-star, Creator/JeffGoldblum, apparently -- was because she needed to pay off a divorce settlement and her paycheck came at just the right time.
* This is likely the only reason why Creator/DemiMoore starred in ''Film/NothingButTrouble''.
* Creator/RogerMoore did ''Film/BoatTrip'' for the money and for a free vacation.
* Creator/EddieMurphy starred in the very-forgettable film ''Best Defense''. When he hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' soon after, he slammed it as "[[OldShame the worst film in the history of everything]]" and justified his role by saying "If you were paid to do ''Best Defense'' as much as they paid me to do ''Best Defense'', you'd do ''Best Defense'' too!". In one interview, he admitted that ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'' wasn't very good, but went on to say that it was hard to really regret it when "your pocket goes out to here", while holding his palm several inches away from his pocket. Let's not forget that an interviewer asked Murphy whether he'd have preferred to have the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'' or his paycheck from ''Film/{{Norbit}}''. He replied that while an Oscar statuette would look nice in his living room, it wouldn't pay the bills.
* Money was one of Creator/BillMurray's reasons for taking on the role of ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} in the ''Garfield'' movies. (The other two being the challenge of voice-over work and a script he thought was being written by Creator/JoelCoen of "Creator/TheCoenBrothers"... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Cohen_(writer) Whoops.]])
* Creator/MikeMyers backed out of a film based upon Dieter, the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' character, and was sued by Universal Pictures for $3.8 million. His decision to back out of the $20 million contract was an inversion of this trope; he was unhappy with the script (despite having written it himself) and didn't feel the film would be of a standard acceptable for moviegoers. If only he'd had similar scruples when he got the idea for ''Film/TheLoveGuru''...

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* Why Creator/LiamNeeson agreed to do more ''Film/{{Taken}}'' films after the first. He was paid $15 million for ''Taken 2'', and [[http://www.mtv.com/news/1709538/liam-neeson-taken-3/ $20 million for Taken 3]].
* Creator/JackNicholson's $60 million deal for the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie included a $6 million base salary, top billing and both a percentage of the gross and merchandising. It remains the single-largest film salary record. Around the time the Creator/JoelSchumacher movies were hitting theatres and there were projects for a follow-up if ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' wasn't so bad, Nicholson said he would consider reprising the role of ComicBook/TheJoker for $150 million. Which makes sense. After seeing Schumacher's Batman movies, wouldn't ''you'' ask an exorbitant wage to shame yourself on his next movie? Apparently, when Danny [=DeVito=] was in negotiations to appear as the Penguin in ''Film/BatmanReturns'', he called Nicholson to ask his advice on the character and the contract. Jack's response? "Try to get my deal". Then again Jack Nicholson did go on record for saying he enjoyed playing the Joker and was a big supporter of then rookie Director Creator/TimBurton during filming. So while the money got him to do it, he didn't hate or feel indifferent toward role like most others on the list. He reportedly liked the role so much that he had wanted to reprise the part in the ill-fated ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' live-action movie that WB had considered making. He was also upset when Creator/HeathLedger took over the part in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
* Speaking of Jack Nicholson: While making ''The St. Valentine's Day Massacre'', Creator/RogerCorman offered him a secondary but significant role. Looking at the shooting schedule, however, Jack noticed a small bit part- two scenes and one line of dialog- which due to a GoodBadBug in the Screen Actors Guild regulations would get him paid for five weeks of work. He took the small role and the big paycheck instead.
* Creator/NickNolte has said that he sold his soul by agreeing to make ''Film/ILoveTrouble'' strictly for the money and that it's his worst film, which explains how his attitude on set was so bad that his costar, Creator/JuliaRoberts, still says he's the worst actor she's ever worked with.
* Comedian Jim Norton pretty much says he only does movies for the money.
* Carroll O'Connor pulled off a massive version of this during the sixth season of ''Series/AllInTheFamily''. During the hiatus between seasons, O'Connor lobbied for Creator/{{CBS}} to greatly increase his salary, as well as give him more creative control. Studio executives balked at his demands, and production of the season started without him (which led to a three episode arc where [[WrittenInAbsence Archie goes missing on the way to a convention]]). CBS head Fred Silverman successfully convinced O'Connor to come back at a much higher salary. By the time ''Series/ArchieBunkersPlace'' began, O'Connor was the highest-paid cast member (and, by the end of the first season, the ''only'' original cast member) and an executive producer, and rode the salary bump through four more seasons of diminishing ratings.
* Creator/GaryOldman is known for driving a particularly hard bargain. He won't even ''read'' most scripts without a hefty offer on the table, and he's known for having almost bowed out of the ''Film/HarryPotter'' franchise over salary disputes. Sadly, the makers of ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'', and ''Film/LostInSpace'' must have been aware of this bargain prior to hiring him. He also decided against credit when he wasn't allowed top billing alongside Creator/AnthonyHopkins in ''Film/{{Hannibal}}''. Further, if you are not a union production, ''no'' amount of money will get you his services, as Creator/GeorgeLucas found out when he offered Oldman the role of [[TheDragon General Grevious]] in ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' [[note]]Lucas left the Director's Guild in the '80s after the Guild tried to force him to have credits at the beginning of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and so many in Hollywood who are pro-SAG and DGA consider it the equivalent of being a scab worker.[[/note]]
** Oldman reportedly only took the role of Music/SidVicious in Alex Cox's ''Sid & Nancy'' because it would pay well, having no particular fondness for the material or for punk music. That's not to say he didn't give it his all -- he lost frightening amounts of weight to match Vicious' heroin-addict figure and reportedly stayed in character some nights after shooting while going clubbing with the cinematographer. That, and he gave the best and most faithful performance of anyone in the film.
** Of course, the main reason he signed onto ''Potter'' in the first place was because he hadn't done a film in over a year and desperately needed the money.
* The TropeNamer is Creator/LaurenceOlivier, who was determined to leave a comfortable inheritance to his family, and was more than willing to take unusual roles if they paid well, especially in his later career. The two most striking examples are his portrayals of Zeus in ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'' and UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur in Sun Myung Moon's (yes, the Unification Church cult leader) terrible production of ''Film/{{Inchon}}'', for which it is said he insisted on his salary being paid weekly in a BriefcaseFullOfMoney delivered by helicopter. He also appeared as a hologram in a terrible RockOpera called ''Time''. Olivier's posthumous performance in ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' may be the logical extension of this trope.
* Creator/TimothyOlyphant signed on for ''Film/{{Hitman}}'' because he had run out of money to pay off his new house. The film's follow-up ''Film/HitmanAgent47'' is a ContinuityReboot partly because Olyphant didn't want to reprise his role.
* Shaquille O'Neal in ''Film/{{Kazaam}}''. As the man himself put it:
-->'''Shaq''': I was a medium-level juvenile delinquent from Newark who always dreamed about doing a movie. Someone said, "Hey, here's $7 million, come in and do this genie movie." What am I going to say, [[ViolationOfCommonSense no]]?
* Creator/PattonOswalt pretty much only acts for the money or the anecdotes.
** He discussed this trope in his special ''Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time'', talking about how he once performed at a casino for a "sacrilegious" amount of money, and the audience was so drunk that all he did was listen while they shouted his past roles at him. The casino was so pleased with the reception that they said they would pay him to come back any time he wanted.
* Betsy Palmer appeared in ''Film/FridayThe13th1980'' because she was in desperate need of a new car. After she read the script she called the film "a piece of shit".
* You now have the answer to the question "Why the hell was Creator/GwynethPaltrow in ''Film/ShallowHal''?"
* Creator/RonPerlman also falls into this category. A quote of his once posted at [=AintItCool=].com: "I'm doing weapons training for this piece of shit, then I go to Romania to shoot another piece of shit, then come back to shoot my part in this piece of shit...[sighs]...What can I say? [[AllWomenLoveShoes My wife loves shoes]]." Then, he turns around and makes movies with Creator/GuillermoDelToro. Film truly is a diverse medium. He has also hinted that a big factor in his taking the role of Hellboy was that, as an actor in his fifties, he had never gotten the girl at the end of the movie. Until that one.
* Creator/BradPitt was very vocal about how much he hated ''The Devil's Own''. According to him it was "the most irresponsible bit of filmmaking -- if you can even call it that -- that I've ever seen" and he also called the film a "disaster". Which combined with his weak performance in the film (not to mention his totally ridiculous sounding Irish accent) makes it clear that money was his only real motivation for starring in that film.
* Creator/DonaldPleasence says it all:
-->There was a sort of horror picture that I did called ''The Mutations''. I think I did that solely for the money. I have six daughters, and they can be quite expensive, so one has to keep working and be able to pay the bills.
* Creator/ChristopherPlummer in the Italian B-movie ''Franchise/StarWars'' knock-off ''Film/{{Starcrash}}''. Well, the money [[VacationDearBoy plus an opportunity to visit Rome]].
* Creator/RichardPryor said yes to ''Film/TheToy'' and ''Film/SupermanIII'' for this reason.
* Creator/OliverReed ended up doing a lot of B movies towards the end of his life, including an awful adaptation of ''The Fall of the House of Usher'', as his drinking habits and wild lifestyle meant many mainstream directors would not give him a role.
* Creator/JeremyRenner stated that a major reason why he chose to play ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' is because superhero films are quite popular nowadays, so at least it would pay the bills. That and he's a fan of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse and [[AwesomeDearBoy he really wanted to play a superhero after seeing]] ''Film/IronMan1''.
* Creator/JeanReno. Granted, not all of his latest movies are bad, but the times of ''[[Film/TheProfessional Leon: the Professional]]'' and ''Film/{{Ronin}}'' seem very far.
* Creator/BurtReynolds was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1996 after being $10 million in debt, so Reynolds vowed to cut back on expenses and to pay back every single dime, and he's appeared in over 40 films since, and it's clear that he starred in most of them (''Dungeon Siege'', ''Without A Paddle'', ''Film/TheLongestYard'' remake, ''Film/TheDukesOfHazzard'' film adaptation) for the money.
** Of course, this leads to some bizarre logic on Reynolds' part. He took on one role just for the money and was so ashamed of the result that he fired his agent. That film was the career resurrecting ''Film/BoogieNights''.
** He once admitted that he did ''Film/TheCannonballRun'' for the money and as a favour to his friend Hal Needham.
* Creator/JohnRhysDavies lives and breathes this trope. He's a fantastic actor who often winds up in DirectToVideo B-movies and was one of the more prominent actors to appear in FMV games in the 1990's. Basically, if you have a paycheck, no matter how small, he'll show up in it. Fortunately he's also been in some great A-class titles too.
* Creator/MollyRingwald may be the undisputed queen of this trope. Since her fall from stardom in the early nineties, her filmography has consisted of countless television movies, guest spots, direct-to-video releases, cameos, indie features, and ''Film/JemAndTheHolograms''.
* Creator/EricRoberts has [[http://www.theshiznit.co.uk/feature/forthcoming-highlights-from-eric-roberts-busy-year-ahead.php worked a lot]] since his 1995 arrest ("[[http://www.theshiznit.co.uk/feature/101-reasons-2016-wasnt-quite-as-shit-as-we-all-thought-it-was.php 44 movies on the slate for 2016.]] [[http://www.theshiznit.co.uk/media/2016/December/eric.jpg FOURTY FOUR]]. (...) That is more movies than Creator/MarlonBrando made in his lifetime.") And movies like ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', ''Film/TheExpendables'' and ''Film/InherentVice'' are the exception, as Creator/NathanRabin [[http://www.avclub.com/article/ia-talking-cat-iis-ithe-roomi-of-anthropomorphic-a-93563 sums up]]:
-->According to [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000616/reference his IMDB page]], Roberts is scheduled to appear in no less than 41 films this year [2013]. Seriously. Obviously some of those films will not be released this year, or ever, but that’s still a staggering volume of work for an actor outside the world of pornography.
* Joe Rogan once referred to ''Series/FearFactor'', a show which he hosted, as "Joe Gets Paid".
--> ''"This is me, every day at work: '...REALLY. And they're going to do this on camera? What the fuck is wrong with these people? ...No, dude, I got a mortgage; mic me up."''
* Creator/TimRoth in ''Virgin Territory''. Haven't heard of it? Roth breathes a sigh of relief.
** Roth also admitted that he took the role of Sepp Blatter (yes, the notoriously-corrupt then-president of [[UsefulNotes/TheBeautifulGame FIFA]]) in the universally-reviled ''Film/UnitedPassions'' (best described as a FIFA propaganda film) to get out of a "financial hole".
* Richard "Film/{{Shaft}}" Roundtree in ''Film/{{Steel}}''.
* For years, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger refused to do a third ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movie if Creator/JamesCameron wasn't directing. Figuring that the character was as much Arnold's as it was his, James just told him to go for it and ask for a lot of money. The $30 million for ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' he received are still an upfront record for a single movie (though Creator/TomHanks is rumored to have received along the lines of $29-59 million for ''Film/AngelsAndDemons''). Arnold has admitted he loves to spend Hollywood's money. Almost all of his salaries since the first Terminator movie rose from $11 million to $25 million.
** One can assume this was the reason he decided to be the host of the [[Series/TheApprentice New Celebrity Apprentice]].
* Creator/GeorgeCScott stated that that was why he signed on to the FOX sitcom ''Mr. President'' (his first TV series since ''East Side, West Side'').
* Creator/PeterSellers did several ill-fated films and TWA ads in the early 1970s largely because he was nearly broke after a string of late '60s flops and unwise money management. It was also a big reason he agreed to revive ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' films with ''Film/TheReturnOfThePinkPanther'' in 1975, which turned things around. He did two additional sequels after that to rebuild his fortunes -- but also to achieve the needed clout to get ''Film/BeingThere'' made, crossing this over with DoingItForTheArt.
* Creator/ChloeSevigny explains her motivation for playing a ButchLesbian in the TVMovie ''If These Walls Could Talk 2'': "... yeah, I did that job. For money. I was paying my mom's mortgage. I've still never seen that movie. People say it's really good. We all gotta make a living."
* Slight variation: Canadian actor Michael Shanks of ''Series/StargateSG1'' fame claimed at a fan convention that he agreed to star in the Sci-Fi Original Movie ''Mega Snake'' (without even reading the script!) solely to obtain a new US work visa.
* Creator/WilliamShatner earned some money off of the Priceline adverts by being paid in stock when Priceline was still young (though not the hundreds of millions sometimes reported). Also notoriously true during those long, lean years in TheSeventies after he had been [[IAmNotSpock profoundly typecast]] by ''Franchise/StarTrek'' but before his career resuscitation in TheEighties. Obviously, this affected all of his castmates as well. Only Creator/LeonardNimoy seemed to land on his feet, first getting a job across the Paramount lot at ''Series/MissionImpossible'' and then starring in well-attended stage productions of ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'' and, later, ''Theatre/{{Equus}}'', ''[[http://www.beyondspock.de/stage/vincent.php Vincent]]'' and a camped-up [[http://www.beyondspock.de/stage/sherlock_holmes.php Sherlock Holmes play]], meanwhile narrating the ''In Search Of...'' series. Even ''Franchise/StarTrek'' itself was an example of this for Shatner. Known at the time for his guest appearances in various other shows (most famously ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959''), he ''turned down'' the role of Dr. Kildare, only to regret it a couple of years down the line when offers started drying up. Needing the financial stability of a regular job, he took the role of Captain James T. Kirk.
* Creator/MichaelSheen has made a servicable career of juicy dramatic roles, including playing Tony Blair several times on the small screen and the big screen, plus solid hits like ''The Damned United'', ''Film/FrostNixon'' and ''Film/MidnightInParis''. On the other hand, he's ChewingTheScenery in glorified bit parts from films such as ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'', ''Film/TronLegacy'' and ''Film/{{Underworld}}''. There's no reason why he would be doing this unless he wanted a paycheck so that the filmmakers could capitalize on his star power. In the case of ''Tron'', he said he chose the role because he loves science fiction and enjoyed making it, and in the case of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' movies, he did it for his daughter.
* Danny Slavin from ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' stated that the only reason he agreed to play Leo was so he could make money to go to law school. He only returned for the ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' episode "Forever Red" as a favor to the show's producer.
* After years of irresponsible spending and a heavy fine due to underpaying his taxes, Creator/WillSmith was nearly bankrupt when he was approached by NBC to create ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''. He accepted and it became [[TropesAreNotBad the start of an extremely successful acting career]].
* Creator/JamesSpader claims that this is the reason why he did his gig on ''Series/{{The Office|US}}''.
* Creator/BrentSpiner signed up to play Data in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' figuring that remaking such a famous show was doomed to fail, so he'd be able to get money from doing the season and move onto something else.
* Creator/SylvesterStallone starred in ''Film/OverTheTop'' purely to fulfil his contract with Cannnon Films. He explained:
-->'''Sylvester Stallone:''' (Producer) Menahem Golan kept offering me more and more money, until I finally thought, "What the hell - no one will see it!"
* Creator/SylvesterStallone has admitted that ''Film/RockyV'' [[CreatorBacklash wasn't very good]]. And when asked about why he did it: [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/film/3045458/Sylvester-Stallone-gives-his-most-candid-interview-ever.html#ixzz26JqsJSmg "I'm greedy — what can I tell you."]]
* Comedian Doug Stanhope proudly says he hosted the final season of ''Series/TheManShow'' strictly for the money.
** As he says in his stand-up act: "If you were offered $100,000 to kill a dying show, you're a fucking idiot if you turn it down!"
** He also compares it being on the last helicopters when Americans were fleeing Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War.
* Creator/PatrickStewart as the hammy King Goobot in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', The Great Prince of the Forest in ''Disney/{{Bambi}} 2'', an over-the-top drug lord confined to a chair in ''Film/{{Gunmen}}'' and 1996's ''Masterminds''. Stewart's knowingly hammy [[ChewingTheScenery scene-chewing]] is all part of the fun -- he's clearly having a blast with it. He has said in interviews he loves "popcorn movies" like ''[[Film/XMenFilmSeries X-Men]]'' and ''Series/{{Star Trek|TheNextGeneration}}'' as much as he loves stage and serious drama. To be fair, most of what Stewart does is because he just loves acting in general and has the habit of doing whatever he likes at the time, being serious drama to cornball comedy and everything in between. It's been said that he never takes on a role unless he ''wants'' to. Even before he was in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Stewart took a role in ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}'' (the naked space vampire movie) to pay for the replacement of a broken bay window at his house. He also took on a role in ''Wild Geese II'' because he just had an expensive maintenance job done in his kitchen.
** By the way, Stewart once recollected about accepting an award in Britain. While with other British stage actors, he said he was asked the same thing repeatedly about his Hollywood experiences -- "How much do you get paid?"
* Ryan Stiles admitted in an interview that, despite having a fear of flying, he was willing to fly to the UK to do ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' because at the time he desperately needed the money.
* Creator/DonaldSutherland appeared in ''Film/AnimalHouse'' for this reason. He was so sure the film would flop that he took a straightforward salary over a percentage of the profits. This turned out to be a very poor decision.
* The Japanese actor Tetsuro Tamba was legendary for never turning down a paying role, no matter what it was in (he also never read the entire script for a movie, or memorized a script). He also founded a religion. Cool guy.
* Creator/CharlizeTheron admitted in an interview that she starred in ''Film/{{Hancock}}'' for the money.
* Creator/MarisaTomei has pretty much admitted herself that she enjoys money:
-->I don't prefer much of film over stage...The only thing I prefer is the paycheck.
* When Creator/GerryAnderson asked Creator/RobertVaughn's business partner Sherwood Price why Vaughn had signed on to do ''The Protectors'' if the writing was so bad, Price replied "Baby, the money's good." Which would explain a lot of his post-''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'' career.
* Abe Vigoda's role in ''Film/GoodBurger'', most likely.
* Creator/JonVoight as Principal Dimly in the ''Film/{{Bratz}}'' movie, and the Big Bad Bill Biscane in ''Film/BabyGeniuses 2''. He ''produced'' those movies as well.
* Creator/ChristopherWalken is honest about the fact that he never turns down a well-paying gig. This has led to his appearances in ''Film/JoeDirt'', ''Film/TheCountryBears'', ''Film/KangarooJack'', ''Film/{{Gigli}}'', ''Film/{{Envy}}'', ''Film/{{Click}}'' and the 2004 remake of ''Film/TheStepfordWives'', just to name a few. He is also [[OneSceneWonder the best thing in each of these films]]. He also subverts this trope. He's said repeatedly in interviews that he takes any role offered to him as long as he has the time because he regards every film he works on as a learning experience. One can only guess what he learned from ''The Country Bears''.
* Creator/DavidWarner. While ''Film/{{Tron}}'' is acceptable, let's consider ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze'', ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', ''VideoGame/Privateer2TheDarkening'' and of course, ''Film/QuestOfTheDeltaKnights''.
-->'''Crow T. Robot''' (As David Warner): In it for the money, folks.
* Creator/SigourneyWeaver's involvement in ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' and ''Film/AlienResurrection'' was motivated largely by this. After ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Weaver had intended it to be the last role she would play as the character...until 20th Century Fox lured her back to the third film (after rejecting several scripts by other writers that didn't include her) with a much bigger payday and a producer's credit. Years later, during an interview, she responded to the question, "Why did you agree to do ''Film/AlienResurrection''?" by saying, "Because they drove a dumptruck full of money to my house."
* Creator/OrsonWelles willingly accepted an endless chain of well-paying bit parts in many films.
** He hawked [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V14PfDDwxlE frozen peas]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpj0t2ozPWY Paul Masson wine]]. His work on these commercials has been the subject of parody, most notably on ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.
** One of Welles' last roles was voicing the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' villain Unicron. While both the character and the performance are unforgettable, Welles himself viewed the production with contempt and could only recall it was a movie about "toys killing each other."
** He did the narration on the remastered version of ''Tales of Mystery and Imagination -- Edgar Allan Poe'' by the Alan Parsons Project. It was straight wagework: the whole thing was arranged through agents, Welles was sent a script, and Parsons was sent a tape.
** He also narrated the frightfully awful, fundamentalist Christian dreckfest, ''The Late, Great Planet Earth'', with Hal Lindsey, and the cheesy, sensationalistic UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}} "documentary" ''The Man Who Saw Tomorrow''.
* Creator/BenWhishaw's quotes about replacing Colin Firth as ''Film/{{Paddington}}'' in ''The Daily Mail'' saying that he has "no relationship to Paddington whatsoever" and attended the audition "begrudgingly" probably points to this trope as a reason why he signed on. Subverted to an extent, as that same interview revealed Whishaw's attitude turned into a case of SoMyKidsCanWatch since he has a 18 month old niece, and his initial apprehension was due to previous bad experiences doing voice over work. Once he started working he quite enjoyed himself.
* Creator/RobinWilliams said he sometimes did movies only to pay the bills. Example: ''Old Dogs''. He also admitted the reason he did ''Series/TheCrazyOnes'' was that he had "bills to pay".

[[folder:Individuals - Writers, Directors, Producers]]
* Creator/JohnCarpenter has admitted that this is the [[http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3349134/john-carpenter-big-trouble-remake-pay/ entire reason]] why he produced the dreadful remake of ''Film/TheFog'', and why he was on set the entire time. He's said similar things about a planned remake of ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'', being quoted as saying, "I’m ambivalent about a remake... On the other hand, it depends on how much they pay me."
* Creator/FrancisFordCoppola: After making an expensive flop in ''One from the Heart'', his entire career for nearly two decades was simply doing movies for the money. After getting it paid off, a decade-long break followed, and now he uses the money from his wine to [[DoingItForTheArt make the movies he wants]].
* Creator/WesCraven had this to say about his involvement in ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyesPartII'' (The 80s one)
--> I'm sorry about ''The Hills Have Eyes, Part II''. The reason I did that film was that I was dead broke and needed to do any film. I would have done ''Godzilla Goes to Paris.''
* When asked in an interview what he hoped to achieve with his early movies, Creator/JohnFord simply replied "a big check." He repeatedly maintained over the years that moviemaking was just a way for him to make a living, which he stuck with because it paid well and he found it easy.
* Ben Ramsey, writer of the much-reviled anime adaptation ''Film/{{DragonballEvolution}}'', admitted as much and apologized to fans when reached by an interviewer. "So I’m not blaming anyone for Dragonball but myself," he said. "As a fanboy of other series, I know what it’s like to have something you love and anticipate be so disappointing."
* Brenda Hampton, creator of the lambasted show ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' has responded to the horrible critical reception by saying she'd rather have good ratings than good reviews.

* This is the main concept behind {{Japandering}}. Many American celebrities have done commercials for other countries promoting energy drinks, whiskey, cars and pachinko machines, and everything in-between. Usually, they have clauses in their contract stating that these won't be shown anywhere overseas, but the invention of the Internet and Youtube has rendered that a moot point. These include Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, Creator/BenStiller, Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/CharlizeTheron, Creator/KieferSutherland, Creator/SeanConnery, Creator/SylvesterStallone, Creator/BruceWillis, Creator/BradPitt and many, ''many'' others. When you realize it's good pay for one day's work, can you blame them?
* When asked why he did a series of adverts for American Express, Peter Ustinov responded "to pay for my American Express".
* Creator/MichaelIronside doesn't do a lot of commercials, but the ones he ''has'' consented to tend to be several kinds of awesome.
** Here's an advert for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW1D7_bGRTo Wisk laundry detergent]] -- done [[PrivateDetective hard-boiled gumshoe]] style.
** Which pales next to this shill for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNTmHfCvnYc Labatt beer]] -- ''in character as General Katana from ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening''''.
* After years of being typecast, Creator/AdamWest was willing to do anything for a paycheck, from being a human cannonball to making a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZlAOB-x_80 commercial for an internet kiosk]] which turned out to be [[http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/pantheon-holdings/miami-florida-33181/pantheon-holdings-ezlink-internet-access-terminal-rip-off-broken-promises-and-lies-holy-119674 a big scam]]. Fortunately, Adam's career has got better now that's he's, well, AdamWesting.
* Kate Mulgrew (Janeway from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'') defended herself after doing the voiceover for a geocentrist documentary trailer by stating that [[https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151985862292466&id=7122967465 she was simply a voice for hire]] and wouldn't even have taken the job if she'd known what the documentary in question was actually about or who was involved in making it.
* Creator/RikMayall starred in a series of at least eight adverts for {{Creator/Nintendo}} in the UK in the early 1990s (see them [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w24KR30nEsg here]] and [[http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2012/08/feature_the_rik_mayall_nintendo_adverts_you_totally_forgot_about here]]). He spent his vast fee on a house in an expensive area of London, which he named Nintendo Towers.
* With all due respect to Linda "(Christy Turlington and I) don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day" Evangelista, no supermodel has less issues about making money than Creator/CindyCrawford (she once stated "Commercial is not a bad word to me"). [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1D8jf8oHDc She even did a spot for German railways]].
* Almost certainly the reason behind Creator/JamesMason's decision to appear in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xY7mBQrzXU this advert]] for [[ATankardOfMooseUrine Thunderbird wine]].
* Creator/BobHoskins appeared in a series of adverts for BT in the 1990s. In his own words, "For 500,000 reasons, all of them with the Queen's head on".
* When Creator/{{David Mitchell|Actor}} and Creator/RobertWebb were criticized for appearing in Apple's "Get a Mac" adverts, Webb responded by saying "When someone asks, 'Do you want to do some funny ads for not many days in the year and be paid more than you would be for an entire series of Series/PeepShow?' the answer, obviously, is, 'Yeah, that's fine'". In response to claims that they'd 'sold out', David Mitchell said that since they'd never attacked the capitalist system in any way, the only possible criticism could be their choice of product...and computers aren't notably evil.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Creator/KiaAsamiya has admitted in interviews that he doesn't really have much interest in manga at all and thinks of himself as a businessman rather than an artist.
* Creator/OsamuTezuka was forced into this many times over his long career. Most notably, almost everything he did involving ''Manga/AstroBoy'' after the 1950s, as he lost interest in the character after a while but it was so popular he couldn't afford to abandon it completely.
* Nobody can seem to agree on whether or not ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' is this for Creator/HideakiAnno or DoingItForTheArt, up to and including the man himself.
* The pay-grade for dubbing anime is laughably low. In fact, actor/singer Creator/EricStuart (of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''{{Anime/Slayers}}'' fame) once stated that one commercial gig pays more than a week of dubbing an anime episode. As a result, actors who take these jobs and ''aren't'' DoingItForTheArt are doing it for this reason.
* Creator/FourKidsEntertainment, the now-defunct company notorious for its [[{{Bowdlerize}} hack-and-slash translations and edits of its licenses]] and its opinions of television viewers in general will [[NeverLiveItDown never live down]] its reputation. Yet compared to the other localization companies out there, it paid its actors very well. As a result, it's rare to hear any NYC-based voice actor complain about the company's existence, despite any personal feelings they might have over their editing practices. This fact was laid bare when 4Kids lost the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' rights and the new company decided to fire the original voice actors due to their much-higher-than-normal salaries. Creator/VeronicaTaylor and Creator/EricStuart in particular went berserk.
* ''Anime/DragonBall'', [[https://www.forbes.com/sites/olliebarder/2016/10/15/kazuhiko-torishima-on-shaping-the-success-of-dragon-ball-and-the-origins-of-dragon-quest/#3cecaaa225e5 at the behest of Kazuhiko Torishima]], was relaunched as ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' after the Piccolo Jr. arc, as the launch of a new show would give the production team more promotional money. The original ''Dragon Ball'' anime was itself launched with a [[TheMerch merchandising plan]] already in mind.

* In 1996, writer Mark Waid and artist Ron Garney were unceremoniously removed from a critically acclaimed run on ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and replaced by Chuck Dixon and Creator/RobLiefeld. One year later, Waid & Garney were reinstated. At that year's Comic-Con, when asked why he would come back after what happened, Waid simply [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Types_of_gestures#Money_sign rubbed his fingers together]]
* Comics great Fabian Nicieza once talked about his role in writing the terrible comic book ''NFL Superpro'': "I was handed the concept and character, including his basic origin. I don't know if that was all the NFL's creative work or a combination of Marvel editorial and the NFL. I didn't ask. I just wanted Jets tickets."
* Creator/ChristopherPriestComics did a mini-series in the 90's called ''Total Justice'', which was a [[MerchandiseDriven tie-in to a popular Batman toy line at the time]]. Today, Priest considers the series an OldShame and is adamant that he only agreed to write it because promotional books offer a better pay rate.
* Creator/WilhelmBusch (from 19th century Germany) rather wanted to become a "real" artist, like a poet or a painter, but found that people preferred his simpler, funny picture stories.
* Charles M. Schulz freely admitted that he agreed to ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' endorsement and merchandising deals so he could have more money for his various philanthropic projects.
* Jim Davis has infamously admitted that this trope was the sole reason behind the creation of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''.
* Chester Gould of ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''. He saw himself as a businessman competing, in addition to other cartoonists, with the other sections of the newspaper, such as the front page. He created many of his stories and characters from situations ripped from the headlines (Flattop, created in the mid-40s, was named after a WWII aircraft carrier). Although he was in it for the money, he found this sense of competition compelled him to create memorable stories and characters.
* This is the primary reason why Ken Penders went to court over the characters and concepts he created for ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''. While he claims that this was to also bring awareness to the other writers and artists shammed by Archie over reprinting rights, many fans claim that this was more of a money grab for a writer who is clearly trying to regain what he had in the past.
** Head writer Ian Flynn has pretty much stated that the creation of ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsUnite'' is because of this trope, that, had ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'' not happen nor prove popular, the ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' series would have been cancelled.
* [[ComicBook/LoveAndRockets Gilbert Hernandez]] has openly admitted that he only did ''Fatima: The Blood Spinners'' because ZombieApocalypse stories were fashionable and he thought that it might sell beyond his usual fanbase (it didn't).
* Creator/AlanMoore has tried to [[AvertedTrope avert]] this [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules as much as humanly possible]], but he was trapped by it at least once, when he did ''[[https://www.wired.com/2010/08/alan-moore/ Neonomicon]]'' for Creator/AvatarPress.

[[folder:Film (Multiple Individuals)]]
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* Any film made by Uwe Boll, for the actors involved. He might not be much of a creative talent, but he reportedly pays well:
** ''Film/AloneInTheDark2005'': Creator/ChristianSlater, Stephen Dorff, Tara Reid.
** ''Film/InTheNameOfTheKing: A VideoGame/DungeonSiege Tale'': Starring Creator/JasonStatham, Creator/LeeleeSobieski, Claire Forlani, Ray Liotta, Creator/JohnRhysDavies, Creator/RonPerlman and Burt Reynolds (see above).
** His ''Film/FarCry'' movie managed to have Til Schweiger, one of Germany's highest rated actors. Bizarrely, he did tell German gaming magazine ''[=GameStar=]'' in an interview that he was in it because Uwe Boll is apparently a very pleasant guy to work with as a director.
** ''Film/BloodRayne'', featuring Creator/MichaelMadsen, Creator/MichelleRodriguez and Creator/BenKingsley[[note]]although he ''did'' [[AwesomeDearBoy also jump at the chance to play a vampire]][[/note]].
** According to some theories, the only reason Boll's films get funded at all is people going for a SpringtimeForHitler situation. More on the trope page.
* The spoof adaptation... of ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967''. Featuring Creator/DavidNiven, Creator/PeterSellers, Ursula Andress, Creator/WoodyAllen, Creator/PeterOToole, Creator/OrsonWelles, Creator/DeborahKerr, Creator/JohnHuston...and [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs nothing resembling coherence at any point]]. Part of the incoherence may be because Sellers wasn't in it for the money[[note]]When he signed on to the movie, it was pitched to him (and genuinely intended) as a straight and serious adaptation of the novel, with Sellers as the sole Bond of the film, and this to him was the draw -- a chance to try out his drama chops and leave comedy for a film. As writing went on and the producers felt they couldn't compete with the series, they turned it into a parody, leaving Sellers feeling he was the victim of a BaitAndSwitch. He retaliated by hiring his own writer to try and rewrite his scenes to something approximating the original vision, or outright ignoring the script altogether and making up his own dialogue.[[/note]] but proved extremely difficult to work with and was subsequently fired, leaving the producers with half a film which they roped Niven into completing.
* In his autobiography, ''If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor'', Creator/BruceCampbell explains this reasoning in response to fan criticism of his appearances in stinkers like ''Film/{{Congo}}''. He reiterates that actors need to pay the bills like everyone else, and notes other side-benefits of being tied to a production. In the case of ''Congo'', he was flown to Costa Rica, and his scenes did not involve the rest of the main cast so he was only needed on set one day a week. The rest of the time he toured Costa Rica on the studio's dime, "which I would have done myself anyway!". As his ''Congo'' co-star Ernie Hudson once said: "[[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} If there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say.]]"
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock was once quoted as saying, "If [an actor] asks me, 'What's my motivation?', I reply, '[[DeadpanSnarker Your salary]].'"
* An entry in Creator/RogerEbert's "Little Movie Glossary" describes the effect of Creator/MarlonBrando's participation in a film as the "Brando Acceptability Yardstick" -- as the whole idea of respected actors doing comic book movies for the money can be traced to him. See the ''Film/{{Superman}}'' franchise, ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', and the 1996 remake of ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau''. Incidentally, Brando received, as a salary for the entirety of his work on ''Film/TheGodfather'', approximately 1% of his ''Superman: The Movie'' salary, which was once calculated by The Guinness Book of Records as '''eight dollars for every second he was on screen'''.
** Creator/DavidThewlis said a huge paycheck, plus going to Australia and working with Brando, was a motivation for ''Dr. Moreau''. Given the TroubledProduction, he later regretted it. Thewlis skipped the film's premiere and has vowed to never watch it.
* Creator/DenisLeary, Creator/RayLiotta and Creator/DannyGlover all appeared in ''Film/OperationDumboDrop'' for this reason. According to Leary, the three of them had pictures of real estate they wanted to buy to get them through the shoot.
* Creator/BenAffleck once hawked ''Film/{{Paycheck}}'' on Creator/ConanOBrien. Conan asked him why he did the film, and Ben fittingly told him "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the answer lies in the title]]." Affleck appeared on a British chatshow to publicise the movie, only to be told by the enthusiastic host that it was one of the best science fiction films he had ever seen -- the host actually suggested that ''Paycheck'' was at least as good as ''Film/BladeRunner'', and asked Affleck if he agreed. You could see how bemused Affleck was as he admitted that he thought Blade Runner was the better movie. Co-star Creator/PaulGiamatti referred to the film as "the aptly-named ''Paycheck''" in an appearance on ''Series/TheDailyShow''.
* Both Creator/MillaJovovich and director Creator/PaulWSAnderson have stated bluntly, at certain points, that the only reason that ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution'' (as well as a possible sixth film) is being made is mostly for profit.
* The ''Film/{{Superman}}'' franchise has been the focus of a number of publicized instances involving the stars:
** Creator/MarlonBrando was ultimately paid $14 million for 10 minutes as Jor-El.
** Creator/GeneHackman, as Lex Luthor, also apparently swung a nice deal. Hackman admitted in interviews that his appearance in ''The Quest for Peace'' was entirely financially motivated. Admittedly, it couldn't be much else.
* The "Curly Joe" era of the Film/TheThreeStooges was mostly this. However it's easy to justify because the Stooges got royally screwed over on the shorts that made them famous.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'': Featuring the voice talents of Creator/OrsonWelles, Creator/LeonardNimoy and Creator/EricIdle, among others, in what can best be described as an [[MerchandiseDriven 80-minute toy commercial]]. They were ''all'' in it for the money.
** Welles told his biographer about the film, "I play a big toy who does horrible things to a bunch of smaller toys."
** Idle admitted in his book ''The Greedy Bastard Diary'' that he had hated every minute of production. "Why did I do it, again? Oh, right, they offered me oodles of cash." [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/eric-idle,13802 He's also said]] that he never even watched the movie, and makes a habit out of it with such roles.
** It is rumored that Leonard Nimoy was [[OldShame so embarrassed about it that he refused to address it for years afterwards, whether in interviews or at science-fiction conventions]]. Only Creator/MichaelBay's interest in casting him as The Fallen in ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' prompted him to talk about his role, and then only briefly (and he also said that Bay could call him up if he wanted to, but Bay ultimately went with Tony Todd). Bay finally called up Nimoy to cast him as Sentinel Prime in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''.
** That said, this negativity wasn't true of all the celebrities in the movie; Robert Stack and Creator/JuddNelson were in it to get paid and embraced their roles; Robert Stack (according to some production staff) liked the movie and Judd Nelson reprised his role for ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' 20 years later.
** On the ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film, Creator/HugoWeaving has [[http://collider.com/hugo-weaving-the-hobbit-trilogy-interview/203015/ casually admitted]] to phoning in his performance as Megatron. He seems guilty about it.
---> I just went in and did it. I never read the script. I just have my lines, and I don't know what they mean. That sounds absolutely pathetic! I've never done anything like that, in my life.
** Michael Bay [[http://www.themarysue.com/michael-bay-hugo-weaving/ got passive-aggressive]] about this trope.
* Both Creator/RobertPattinson and Creator/KristenStewart have said that they only did the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' movie for the money, and both of them have inserted {{Take That}}s against the book and its fans in interviews. Also, Pattinson said that he wanted to do ''Twilight'' in order to have the opportunity to work with Stewart, who, prior to ''Twilight'', was known as a serious actress who did mostly independent films ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] ''Film/{{Zathura}}''). Also, it's ''Kristen Stewart''. He was reportedly hitting on her throughout filming. Creator/JamieCampbellBower, who is playing Caius, also seems to have only signed on for the money as all he knew about ''Twilight'' prior to then was that the first movie had done well. And Pattinson has gone on record as saying he thinks Creator/StephenieMeyer is literally insane. Both lead actors have also been publicly caught in scandals, in what many anti-fans jokingly claim are attempts to get released from their contract... a hypothesis that was then backed up by Stewart in an interview.
** It is pretty telling to note that Pattinson and Stewart collectively drove a particularly hard bargain going into ''[[Film/{{Twilight}} New Moon]]'' and negotiated a six-fold salary increase for themselves (in other words, these two people alone cost the filmmakers 40% of their budget).
** David Slade, who publicly blasted the ''Twilight'' franchise prior to signing on to do ''Eclipse'', had to apologize for his comments later on. Given the budget for ''Film/HardCandy'', he can be forgiven for invoking this trope.
* This has to explain ''Warrior of the Lost World'', which in addition to featuring Creator/DonaldPleasence, also provided an income for Robert Ginty, Persis Khambatta (pretty much only known for her role in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''), and Fred Williamson.
* Scott Mendelson from ''Forbes'' has [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2015/04/30/so-laura-linney-has-joined-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-2/ noted]] that it has become common knowledge that any serious actor looking for real money acting in Hollywood outside of joining a TV series is to establish a character in a {{superhero}} or fantasy film franchise as soon as you can.

* Creator/LouisaMayAlcott, who enjoyed writing thrillers and protofeminist tales, nearly turned down the publisher who suggested she write a book for young girls. One [[Literature/LittleWomen staggering success]] later, she decided that writing children's fiction was the most practical way to go.
* L. Frank Baum, creator of the [[Literature/LandOfOz Wizard of Oz]] series repeatedly tried to end the franchise, which bored him, only to repeatedly come crawling back once his other non-Oz books failed to sell.
* Bruce Bethke, the author who actually invented the word "[[Main/CyberPunk cyberpunk]]," [[http://www.brucebethke.com/articles/novels.html#wwwest now describes]] his involvement writing the ''Film/WildWildWest'' novelization in terms of OldShame, but earlier in the life of his website, he simply posted this:
-->'''This is my house. Note the new roof.''' (photo of house)
-->'''This is how I paid for the roof.''' (cover of Wild Wild West novel)
-->'''Any more questions?'''
* In-universe, Lawrence Block's hitman character Keller once retired and, feeling a bit bored, decided to take up a hobby and settled on stamp collecting. After a while he gets back in touch with his former manager, who assumes he misses the work, but he eventually admits that stamp collecting is a pretty expensive hobby and he could use the money.
* Anthony Burgess basically belched out ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' in a matter of weeks to pay off some debts. He regretted its glorification of violence and was annoyed by the way it overshadowed the rest of his work, causing quite a bit of CreatorBacklash.
* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs only started writing in his thirties during a period of low employment. He had been reading pulp magazines and thought that he could write at least as well as this garbage and get paid for it, despite never having written anything before. After his stories became successful he made all the money he could, in particular marketing Tarzan, his most successful character, in every way possible. This was against advice that doing so would overexpose the character. Burroughs was right though, the public couldn't get enough of Tarzan.
* Creator/OrsonScottCard, a prolific author of fiction in genres ranging from science fiction to pious fiction, once answered the question, "Why do you write? What is your inspiration?" with [[http://www.hatrack.com/research/questions/q0116.shtml the answer]], "I write because nobody will pay me to do anything else. My inspiration is that from time to time we run out of money."
* Creator/AgathaChristie openly acknowledged that she wrote ''The Mystery of the Blue Train'' and ''The Big Four'' because she needed money at the time that her first marriage was messily collapsing. It shows.
* Creator/ArthurConanDoyle had initially refused to revive Literature/SherlockHolmes (the man did, after all, kill Holmes off purely out of spite for the character). The huge sums of money editors were offering him for new Holmes stories, and his dwindling bank account, no doubt played a part in his decision to finally take the plunge. There is an anecdote sometimes cited that says that, tired of being asked to revive Holmes, he finally asked for a ridiculously huge sum of money that he knew the publishers wouldn't be able to pay, and was appropriately shocked when they immediately said yes. Doyle was paid around 600 Pounds per Holmes story, worth about 80,000 Pounds (or $125,000) today
* After his wife gave birth to their fifth child, Creator/CharlesDickens needed some cash to cover the doctor's bills. Six weeks later he had written and sold ''Literature/AChristmasCarol''. Something of an aversion in that, even though it was almost immediately a critical hit and is regarded as a classic today, it ultimately didn't make Dickens as much money as he hoped it would.
** ''Literature/GreatExpectations'' was only written because Dickens's magazine 'All The Year Round' was doing poorly and the only thing that would revive it was a serialised Dickens novel.
** Dickens, like many other authors at the time, was also paid per installment leading to some of his longer works like ''Literature/BleakHouse'', ''Literature/LittleDorrit'', and ''Literature/OurMutualFriend''.
* As noted before, this trope doesn't necessarily result in bad fiction -- think of the doorstopping evergreens by Creator/FyodorDostoevsky and Creator/AlexandreDumas. Both were paid per line. In case of Dostoyevsky his urgent need to repay his gambling debts caused him to write ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'' at a crazy speed. This is thought to be one of the reasons for the novel's unique flow of thoughts making it both an inspiration to psychoanalysis and Joyce's stream of consciousness.
* It has been claimed by several close associates and friends that one of the biggest reasons Ian Fleming created ''Literature/JamesBond'' was that he needed a way to look after his brand new wife and baby whilst maintaining his luxurious and exotic jet set party lifestyle, his holiday home in Jamaica (that was a money-sink for ten months of the year) and his many (eventually fatal) vices such as his seventy a day smoking habit and borderline alcoholic drink intake. It didn't help that Ann Fleming was just as keen to live the rich and glamorous life as her husband.
* Creator/FrederickForsyth started a struggling journalist who had covered various conflicts in France and Africa as a journalist, but couldn't find a full-time job. He decided to fictionally recount his experiences and several best-selling novels (''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal'', ''Literature/TheOdessaFile'', and ''Literature/TheDogsOfWar'' among them) resulted.
* Creator/WilliamGibson, [[http://news.ansible.uk/a45.html explaining]] that the version of ''Literature/CountZero'' serialised in ''Asimov's'' was {{Bowdlerise}}d, said that he decided to allow these changes "when it was pointed out to me how urgently young people in small towns in the US ''need'' fiction of this sort, and how much my new car is going to cost."
* Robert Graves claimed he wrote ''Literature/IClaudius'' and ''Claudius the God'' for this reason.
** This was his stated motive for writing all of his novels; he considered himself primarily a poet but was plagued with money problems throughout his life.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's writing career started as a way to pay off debts incurred in an unsuccessful run for office, in 1937. The male protagonist of ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls'' took this trope as his own.
-->'''Richard Ames''': The most beautiful prose in the English language is "Pay to the order of..."
* In the midst of writing some of his most highly-regarded ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' stories, author Creator/RobertEHoward also churned out "Literature/ManEatersOfZamboula," a completely paint-by-numbers story with a DamselInDistress who’s naked throughout the whole thing. It was pretty obviously written because Howard knew he could immediately sell it to ''Weird Tales'' and get the higher cover-story rate.
* Creator/SamuelJohnson wrote ''Rasselas'' in only seven days to pay for his mother's funeral.
* In-universe example in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Misery}}''. Paul Sheldon is the writer of a series of romantic historical fiction books following the exploits of the titular heroine, Misery Chastain. Paul hates Misery as a character due to her being a CanonSue and has been stuck writing her stories for years, but put up with it because he needs the income to put braces on his daughter's teeth, and cover her college fund.
* From a [[http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/4933/the-art-of-fiction-no-13-dorothy-parker1956 1956 Paris Review interview]] with Creator/DorothyParker:
-->'''Parker:''' All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn't sit in the same room with me.\\
'''Paris Review:''' What, then, would you say is the source of most of your work?\\
'''Parker:''' Need of money, dear.
* An in-universe example occurs in Robert B. Parker's novel ''Shrink Rap'' when Creator/TomCruise [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed stand-in]] named Hal Race threatens to leave after the lead character refuses to take her dog out of the room, and the author of a book that he's interesting in playing a role in a film adaptation tells him he can take a hike if he doesn't cut the attitude. Sure enough, he stays. When asked later why the author was willing to risk him walking, she replies with this trope.
* Creator/TerryPratchett, in an interview with Stephen Briggs in the third edition of ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} The Discworld Companion]]'', on not having won many literary awards and the hint that the Booker prize may be opened up to more popular works: "A 'popular' book means the author has already got what a true writer craves: a lot of readers and a big cheque". He once said of being beaten out for a Hugo award "On the other hand, going home and falling backwards into a big pile of money always helps." Of course, Sir Terry's (Kt, OBE, Ph.D. (x8, all honorary)) lack of literary awards was likely due to the SciFiGhetto more than any lack of talent on his part.
** When asked if he was jealous of the money that Douglas Adams made, he replied "Not at all, especially since it's been tactfully pointed out that I had to change banks after filling the last one up."
** In fact, in one of his books, he claims that the dream of every publisher is "to have so much gold in one's pockets that you have to hire two people to hold your pants up."
* The "penny dreadful" pulp authors of the 1930s, when magazines paid $0.01 a word.
** Of course, "penny dreadfuls" have been around for much longer than that. UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli wrote a bunch of cheap {{Romance Novel}}s for the sole and explicit purpose of funding his political career (politics didn't pay nearly as well back then as it does now).
* Mario Puzo was a struggling novelist who published two autobiographical novels, ''The Dark Arena'' and ''The Fortunate Pilgrim'', that sold poorly. Deeply in debt and unable to breakout of poorly-paid freelance jobs, Puzo turned to a publisher friend for help. The publisher suggested he write about organized crime, a subject Puzo was neither especially interested in nor knowledgable about. Three years of research and writing later, ''Literature/TheGodfather'' resulted.
* The ultimate example may be Creator/WilliamShakespeare. The plays were probably written for the quick profit and the poetry to increase the author's social standing in the Elizabethan court. Not surprisingly, ''{{Hamlet}}'' seems to be [[DoingItForTheArt the major exception.]]
* Edward Stratemeyer, he of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, could be seen in modern times as being a little chauvinistic (of course, remember, [[ValuesDissonance this was the 1920's,]] feminism was only just beginning to come into focus.) So why did he end up creating and outlining ''Literature/NancyDrew'', who has been seen as a feminist role model by many? Because when he saw how many girls were reading ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' books, a little voice in his head said, [[Film/FieldOfDreams "If you write them, they will buy."]] This was also true of most of the many ghostwriters, who got paid fairly well for the books (roughly one month's work could net six weeks’ pay.) Although there were at least two aversions to this, though. Two of the most prominent ghostwriters, Mildred Wirt Benson for Nancy and Leslie [=McFarlane=] for the Hardys, actually did put quite a bit of effort into their characters (at least initially, [=McFarlane=] grew tired of the stories later.)
* Arguably the entire point of the Spackman Initiative in ''Literature/ThePaleKing'' by Creator/DavidFosterWallace.

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* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'':
** Creator/HollyMarieCombs was rumoured to want to leave the show after Creator/ShannenDoherty's departure in Season 4. But she was forced to stay by contract and had bills to pay.
** Creator/RoseMcGowan took the role of Paige because she only expected to be "in and out" (her initial contract was for two seasons). She did not expect to stay on for five years. She had no problem pointing out that she just liked having a steady paycheck. Nonetheless she did appear to have some affection for the show, if her interviews years later are anything to go by.
* Creator/TomBaker openly admits that the thing that attracted him to the role of the Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' was less "Money, Dear Boy" and more like "''Job'', Dear Boy". Between being out-of-work and giving away most of his things in a bout of delusional suicidal ideation he was technically homeless and underemployed as a tea-maid on a building site. He had been begging the BBC for roles and said he would have taken ''anything''.
** On a similar note, Creator/PatrickTroughton initially felt daunted about replacing Creator/WilliamHartnell as the Doctor. On the other hand, he had a large family and the prospect of long-term work was too good to pass up.
* Mocked on ''[[https://youtu.be/wL9cV0-SuxY Inside Amy Schumer]]'', when Amy is cast in a voice-acting role alongside Creator/JessicaAlba and Creator/MeganFox in a movie about superpowered meerkats... only to find out that the other two are voicing slinky, sexy meerkats, while she's voicing "Dumpy, the Frumpy Meerkat", [[FatBastard who won't even fit into pants]] due to being Japanese-made.
-->'''Agent''': Amy, meet... your action figure!\\
''(Action figure of Dumpy toddles along while dropping poop pellets)''\\
'''Amy''': It's ''shitting''!\\
'''Agent''': Yeah, the thing retails for $42.99, and you get 60% of the back-end.\\
'''Amy''': ''(Turning to face the mic)'' '''[[LargeHam Wooooorrrrrrrms!]]'''
* The producers of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' managed to get almost every main character back for at least one episode in the sixth and last season. The exception was Mr. Eko, as actor [[Creator/AdewaleAkinnuoyeAgbaje Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje]] asked for too much money.
* The two lead actors on ''Series/MyFamily'', Robert Lindsay and Zoë Wanamaker, freely acknowledged that the show's writing was rather poor, with Lindsay saying "There's some real dross (in the scripts) and we're aware of it". This trope is probably why they stuck around.
* Apparently, one of the reasons ''Series/MythBusters'' lasted so much was that the presenters were motivated by the money. [[RealityIsUnrealistic Actually, the cast didn't get along very well.]]
* A RunningGag (but probably more true then people would admit) on ''Series/NevermindTheBuzzcocks'', is that most of the contestants and guest presenters are only there for the pay check. As Creator/CatherineTate put it:
-->''"When they asked me to do the show. I thought; well I don't know anything about music. But on the other hand, that kitchen extension is not going to pay for itself."''
* Then-well-known stage actors James Daly and Louise Sorel, who guest-starred together in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode " [[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E19RequiemForMethuselah}} Requiem for Methuselah]]" as Flint and Reyna, respectively. Both thought the series was childish and cartoony and later both admitted the only reason they did the episode was the paycheck.
-->'''Louise Sorel:''' (about the episode) "They put me in this funny costume – I stood still and they just wrapped fabric around me – and I had an Annette Funicello bouffant and Dusty Springfield eye make-up. James Daly and I thought of ourselves as these two very serious theater actors. He kept looking at me and asking, "Why on Earth are we doing this?" I kept telling him, 'Christmas money.'"
* On a somewhat more local level, ''Totally Hidden Video'' once did an episode in which several different kinds of professional musicians were hired to play for a wedding with it only being revealed to them once they arrived that the newlyweds were... [[CandidCameraPrank a pair of dogs]]. Since they were, after all, being paid their going rate to perform for the happy couple, the most reaction the camera was able to get out of any of them was a rather long and curious stare before they set up their instruments and went to work. To keep the audience amused, therefore, the show also milked some comedy out of the ''dogs' reaction'' to the musicians. (They didn't like the mariachis very much, but they did cradle their heads together for a romantic love ballad from one of the other bands.)
* It seems that a sitcom is doomed as soon as its star/s become/s the "highest paid on television." (Notably, ''Seinfeld'', ''Frasier'', ''Friends'').
* ''Series/TheGreatBritishBakeOff'':
** Mel has confessed that she joined ''Bake Off'' in the first place largely because she and her husband were so broke that they had to sell their home.
** After seven series, the show will be moving from the Creator/{{BBC}} to Creator/ChannelFour thanks solely to the commercial channel's ability to offer more money. ITV also made a fairly high offer, but that was contingent on the production company being able to bring along the presenters and judges... which didn't go over all that well.
** In fact, this trope was very explicitly averted by Mel and Sue immediately after the ChannelHop was made public, in a characteristically punny joint statement to the effect that they weren't going to "follow the dough".[[note]]They also weren't at all happy to have been ambushed with the news on short notice, and had previously voiced grave doubts that the show would be able to maintain its high standards on a commercial broadcaster.[[/note]]
** As for the judges, Mary came to the same decision as Mel and Sue, putting out a statement that she was staying with the BBC out of loyalty and thanks for the broadcaster giving her a career boost. Paul, on the other hand, decided to stay with ''Bake Off'' and move to Channel Four.

* Even Music/TheBeatles weren't immune to this, according to Music/PaulMcCartney:
-->"Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'"
* Supposedly, lead singer Tarja Turunen's focus on money was the reason she was kicked out of the band Music/{{Nightwish}}.
* Music/MickJagger's appearance on [[Music/BlackEyedPeas will.i.am]]'s "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever", which [[CrackPairing paired them both together with]] Music/JenniferLopez.
* The Boomtown Rats never bothered to pretend that they weren't at least partly in it for the large sacks of cash they were getting out of their success, unlike pretty much every other punk band of the era, particularly Music/TheClash. Interestingly enough, whilst Bob Geldof went on to devote his fame and connections to one of the greatest humanitarian endeavors of the 1980s, Johnny Rotten of the Pistols, after a decade of DoingItForTheArt with his acclaimed experimental band Music/PublicImageLtd, was last heard of appearing in a decidedly not-punk butter commercial.
** On a related note, while the artists appearing at Live Aid were unpaid, many of them were fully aware of the exposure they would get from their performances. While not entirely a case of this trope, some of the less keen artists were persuaded by their managers (and Bob himself in many cases) to take part because of the resulting publicity that would translate into increased sales.
* Music/{{Anthrax}} rhythm guitarist Scott Ian responded to charges that the band was "selling out" with new singer John Bush and the more mainstream-sounding ''Sound of White Noise'' album by noting in an interview that "The bottom line is, everyone in this business is in it to make money. Myself included."
* Another example from Music/JayZ's "Moment of Clarity": ''I dumbed down for my audience, doubled my dollars/ [[UnpleasableFanbase They criticize me for it, but they all yell "Holla!"]]''
* In an interview on Creator/VH1 some years back, Music/KidRock responded to comments made by another rock star in the vein of DoingItForTheArt. "I'm in the for the music? You're a lying sack of shit. You're a musician, I'm a musician, of course you're in it for the music; that's a given. Why are you REALLY doing it? Money and girls."
* Legendary band Music/{{KISS}} is blatantly and unapologetically in it for the money. Founder and band leader Gene Simmons makes no bones about it. [[CashCowFranchise If there's a buck to be made, KISS will do it.]] They'll license anything if the money is right; action figures, lunch boxes, coffins, condoms and so on. Their unique work and over-the-top live shows were designed to draw people in and make more money. To their credit, their shows are still excellent, even at their age.
-->'''Gene Simmons:''' God gives you a wallet, and you can have less money or more, what would you pick?
** Back in the 70s, Gene Simmons was asked if his mother approved Simmons' demonic stage makeup and costume. His response was, "Well, I don't know about that, but I know she approves of the house I bought her, so I guess it evens out."
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic has often said "I wrote 'Eat It' because I wanted to buy a house. It worked."
* Music/JohnnyRotten said quite bluntly that The Music/SexPistols reunion tour in the mid-90s was for "your money." The tour was even called "Never Mind the Sex Pistols, Here's the Filthy Lucre."
** More recently, Johnny [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrRccqnCb3U advertising butter products]].
* Music/{{Tool}}'s song "Hooker with a Penis" is in response to former fans who accused them of selling out for the money. The song essentially states that every professional musician you've ever heard has sold out for the money, otherwise you'd have never heard their music in the first place. The most telling sequence is "All you know about me is what I've sold you / Dumb fuck / I sold out long before you ever heard my name / I sold my soul to make a record / Dip shit / And you bought one."
* The Music/BowlingForSoup song "A Really Cool Dance Song" lampshades this trope. The song is about a band that needs money, so they write a dance song, as dance songs are popular and sell albums.
--> Now we're getting older, and much more sober,\\
And we've got some big house payments to make.\\
The wife wants a handbag, the kids need some college,\\
And we just need one hit single to break.\\
Get ready here it comes!
* Finding out your entire retirement fund has been looted by a third party is never fun, but at least Music/LeonardCohen could fill it up with a few new concerts.
* Interviewer: "What does 'Help Me Make It Through The Night' mean to you now?" Kris Kristofferson: "Oh, about a hundred thousand dollars a year."
* Averted by Swedish pop supergroup Music/{{ABBA}}, who turned down $1 Billion for a reunion.
* Most reunions seem to be examples of this trope, but the Music/DeadKennedys' has been a particularly JustForFun/{{egregious}} example due to the band's former anti-corporate stance. The band (minus Jello Biafra) now licenses songs for television commercials.
* Music/TheMonkees were on a British interview program just before their 2011 reunion tour kicked off. When asked why they were getting back together again, Peter Tork looked directly into the camera and (jokingly and literally) rubbed his fingers together..
** A major reason Michael Nesmith usually declines Monkees reunions is because of inheriting his late mother Bette's fortune for inventing liquid paper, making him independently wealthy. He is also hesitant to step away from his Pacific Arts corporation for too long, for fear that the small company may unravel (a fear only compounded by problems with PBS, who bought the company in TheSeventies, and in which Michael sued successfully in The Nineties).
* [[Music/ThePolice Sting]] is often bewildered at "[[AntiLoveSong Every Breath You Take]]" [[IsntItIronic interpretation as a romantic song]], often played at people's weddings. But the ''£500,000 a year'', he earns from it in royalties as the most played song on UK and US radio probably helps.
** This is also likely the reason why Sting, a devoted environmentalist, agreed to shill for Jaguar and Compaq Computers during the promotion of his "Brand New Day" album. The Jaguar deal alone brought in more than 3 million extra sales of the album, and covered the costs of promoting the album (as the song "Desert Rose" was played in the commercial). Likewise, Sting and his production team got more than $7 million from Compaq, who sponsored the "Brand New Day Tour". Sting made out like a total bandit at the end of this.
* In his autobiography ''Life'', Music/KeithRichards says that he formed the side project X-Pensive Winos in the 80's for several reasons: the Stones were on an indefinite hiatus, Keith wanted to get back on the road, and he still had a lot of bills to pay. Later on, he specifically notes he enjoys the royalties that one of the Winos' songs gets from its inclusion in an episode of ''Series/TheSopranos''. He also talks at length about the fact that the Stones barely broke even in their early years due to a heavily-unfair record company contract, and that their renegotiation of their contract in the early 80's allowed them to get much more royalties than normal, which is why they officially licence all their own products (for big paychecks).
* The song "American Pie" from ''Music/AmericanPie'' is often debated by music critics for its metaphorical lyrics and veiled references. What exactly does it mean? Music/DonMcLean has been asked several times, and his answer is always the same. 'It means I never have to work again.'
* An early magazine interview with Music/TheWho utilized a format where each band member filled in a form answering a standard set of questions. John Entwistle's stated "Personal Ambition" was "To be rich." His "Professional Ambition"? "[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment To be rich]]."
** A sad twist to this is that Pete Townshend partially took The Who on the road in the late [[TheNineties 1990s]] to help Entwistle recover from financial problems he had at the time (and partly to distract John from his cocaine habit). Unfortunately, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Entwistle died of a heart attack aggravated by cocaine usage]].
* Music/LittleMix have fell into this trope; well, at least one of them.
* Music/PinkFloyd [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] this with ''Music/TheWall''. The band faced financial mismanagement and heavy taxation in England by 1978, and had to enter tax exile in France while the group's lawyers settled the management situation and recovered the band's uninvested money. The album was make-or-break and ''had'' to be a smash success to keep the band afloat; the group conceded to co-producer Bob Ezrin's suggestion to give "Another Brick In The Wall Part 2" a disco beat and release it as a single (they were normally very anti-single since the late 1960s). Though the album was certainly a case DoingItForTheArt for RogerWaters, it would explain much of the pressures between the group that gradually tore them apart.
* In 1972, Music/ThinLizzy were asked to record a Music/DeepPurple cover album, to capitalize on the popularity of that group -- they were reluctant because they wanted to focus on building an identity through their own original material, but they needed the money. Phil Lynott felt he couldn't imitate Ian Gillan's vocal style, and they needed a keyboard player because the electric organ was a key part of Deep Purple's sound, so Benny White and Dave Lennox, members of fellow Dublin group Elmer Fudd, were asked to step in for those roles. Ultimately, the album was recorded in one day, consisted of five Deep Purple songs and four AlbumFiller instrumentals, and was released under the name Funky Junction.
* Music/JerryGoldsmith used to joke that scoring the ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' movies paid for his house. But he ''wasn't'' joking when he told an interviewer in 1981 that money was why he did so much TV work in the '70s - he didn't get many big-screen assignments in the first half of that decade.
* Music/FrankZappa and the Mothers of Invention released an album called ''We're Only in It For the Money''.

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* [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]] walked away from his highly-successful professional wrestling career at age 32 after having a small measure of success in ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' and ''Film/TheScorpionKing''. His film career worked out, as he eventually climbed to Hollywood's highest-paid actor in 2017 after a string of blockbuster hits. He has stated in interviews that he liked wrestling more, but making films paid better, didn't require him to travel as much and didn't take as much of a toll on his body.
* Wrestler Wrestling/KevinNash has stated in the past year in interviews on ''Wrestling/{{TNA}} [=iMPACT=]!'' that he was only in TNA for the money. After he went back to Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Nash admitted that he signed with Wrestling/{{WCW}} for similar reasons: a guaranteed contract and a sweet clause in his contract that allowed him to be paid the same amount of money as the highest paid guy in the promotion. To sum up his mind set, he once said in an interview "It's funny, they all call it 'the business', but the second you start treating it like a business you're the bad guy."
* According to [[Wrestling/MollyHolly Miss Madness/Mona]], a good deal of Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro Girls were perfectly fine entertaining the live audience during the commercial breaks and had no desire to get in the ring but agreed to go to the Power Plant because they liked having an income. For this reason, she decided to go easy on them in training.
* Wrestling/MollyHolly was WWE's resident Diva ButtMonkey (largely due to her unwillingness to be MissFanservice like the other women they had) but she ended up staying in WWE because it was good money. After a breast cancer scare in 2005, she realized how unhappy she really was there and when WWE refused to let her do the one thing that would have made it bearable for her (a HeelFaceTurn, as she never liked being a heel and had wanted to be a good role model) she asked for her release and retired from wrestling.
* Magazine/{{Playboy}} playmate April Hunter stated nudity was the most reliable way to make money as a fitness model. Similar to the Nitro Girls, as an Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo Girl she agreed to go to the Power Plant when asked by Kevin Nash but admits to not wanting to, correctly assuming pro wrestling would be painful. The Power Plant ended up not training her anyway so she went to Killer Kowalski's school and stuck around even though it did hurt and she hated it because WCW went under while she was there and she figured a former model with big boobs wouldn't get any respect in the business without formal training. Ironically she found many promoters in the USA didn't care and were just happy to have an nWo girl. She did eventually develop some fondness for pro wrestling, but unfortunately, the nude modelling caused WWE to pass on her, and then an injury hamstrung her career.
* Wrestling/GailKim hasn't been shy about mentioning how much she prefers TNA to WWE. TNA made her a star; she all but created their Knockouts division, was their first Knockouts champion, and actually headlined a main event of ''Impact.'' However, after a pretty nasty contract dispute, she decided to go back to WWE where she was basically turned into scenery. When she realized they would give her three times the money for about a third of the work, she thought she could deal with it. In the end, she couldn't. She quit WWE in 2011 with less than two months to go on her contract and went back to TNA. This was also after she married a celebrity chef, so money was no longer an issue.
* Wrestling/{{Sting}} had no interest in wrestling as a youth and didn't even know what it was because, according to him during his appearance on [[Wrestling/JimRoss ''The Ross Report'']], he lived in area where wrestling wasn't shown on TV. He heard the name Wrestling/HulkHogan, but didn't know who he was until he started working out in his gym. When Borden was approached to become a wrestler, he admits that only did it for the money and fame. Needless to say, he eventually developed a genuine love for wrestling. With that in mind, Sting's talents don't come cheaply and the reason he left TNA and finally joined WWE at least ten years too late was because TNA was in a financial shithole and could no longer afford to pay him, along with many other of its top talent.
** Wrestling/AJStyles, who many regard as Sting's SpiritualSuccessor (aided by the fact that Sting more-or-less passed the torch to him at ''Bound for Glory 2009''), has a similar story. He initially got into the business because of the money, and when he learned that you ''don't'' make money in wrestling, at least not at first, it was already too late -- he had already fallen in love with it. All this being said, this trope has come into play in his career: the first time was during the aftermath of the RF video scandal for Wrestling/RingOfHonor, in which AJ chose to stick with Wrestling/{{TNA}} because they paid better. This being said, he loved both companies equally, and perhaps stuck around in TNA far longer than he should have due to that. However, during TNA's DorkAge, the constant creative hamstringing the company put him (and many of his close friends/coworkers) through finally got to him. So when TNA's dire financial straits caught up to them and they offered him a contract with a ''forty percent pay cut'', AJ finally said enough and left. Two years later, after AJ made a lot of money with Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling and the indie circuit, TNA broke the bank trying to offer him a deal that everyone knew they couldn't back. Unfortunately for them, AJ chose WWE's offer over theirs.
* The same can be said for Sting's former tag team partner the Wrestling/UltimateWarrior, who has also admitted that he never watched wrestling and only got involved for the money. In hindsight, that shouldn't come as a surprise considering his poor in-ring skills, disputes with Wrestling/VinceMcMahon over money and retiring at a fairly young age.
* A lot of top talent who were pushed relatively early in their career have displayed this attitude. Wrestling/BrockLesnar is an especially notable case -- he was hotshotted to the main event within his first year in the WWE, and is a massive draw, but he has never made it a secret that the only reason he ever got involved with the business was for the cash. In fact, his post-UFC return to the WWE was motivated solely by Wrestling/VinceMcMahon's offer to let him work part-time for full-time pay. His future wife Wrestling/{{Sable}} later admitted that she never cared about wrestling and only used the business to get money and become famous. Ditto for Wrestling/BillGoldberg -- who in fact wrestled his last match in the WWE with Lesnar, when both were leaving (Lesnar for football, Goldberg because most of his WWE run sucked).
* It's a common practice for WWE talent scouts to invoke this trope when hiring people from non-wrestling backgrounds. They get offered significantly higher salaries than those who come in from the indies - presumably so the extra money will make them willing to give wrestling a go.
* Tommy 'Tiny' Lister has admitted that he had no intentions of becoming a wrestler and only started wrestling as Zeus because Wrestling/VinceMcMahon offered him a lot of money for it. While he is certainly not ashamed for it, his wrestling career is a bit of an OldShame for many wrestling fans.
* This, sadly, leads to many wrestlers staying on well past their prime and performing well into their twilight years, sometimes in small indy shows. Too many wrestlers didn't manage their money responsibly or were wiped out by one or many divorces. Chances are, if you see an ad for an Indy show and it's being headlined by a wrestler who used to be a big name 20+ years ago, this is why.
** This is pretty much why Wrestling/HulkHogan signed on to TNA. He'd been wiped out by his divorce and needed the cash. This despite a reputation for demanding and getting exhorbatant pay days during his career.
** The same goes for Wrestling/RicFlair's stint in TNA. Poor money management and a string of divorces left Naitch near broke, despite a 40-year in-ring career.
** This is also the reason the late Joanie "{{Wrestling/Chyna}}" Laurer became a pornographic performer.
** Wrestling/TammyLynnSytch also turned to pornography later in her career, first through pay websites and later signing a full-on deal with Vivid.
** Tylene Buck (aka Major Gunns) also turned to pornography after her career as a manager went nowhere after WCW released all their female talent.

* Unlike many fighters in MMA, UFC light heavyweight Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson always makes it clear that he's purely in it for the money, much to the confusion/amusement of most interviewers.
* British boxer Nigel Benn, AKA "The Dark Destroyer", would talk openly about how he was only really in it for the money, and about how there was rarely anything personal against his opponent, how he was seriously worried about the possibility of brain damage, and how he was going to quit boxing as soon as he felt able. The UK boxing press thought this was all a jolly bad show, and gave Benn a rather negative reputation at the time.
* Winston Bogarde, a former [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] player, did this after signing for Chelsea FC, well knowing that he was overpaid compared to his abilities.
* There's a lot of European football/soccer teams which often try and invoke this trope to get reputable players, the idea being that good players will give the club instant success. In the case of Manchester City, they were right. This also explains why such non-traditional soccer markets such as Russia, Ukraine, and all of the rich countries of the Arabian Peninsula (even tiny Bahrain and Qatar!) can attract big names--who cares about isolation or scorching hot weather when [[ArabOilSheikh oil money]] goes straight into your pocket? China, the fastest growing economy, is also getting a lot of good if ageing stars.
* Dysfunctional ownership aside, this is one of the reasons why the [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague NHL]] allowed the Atlanta Thrashers to relocate to Winnipeg; the league would not have collected a $60 million relocation fee if they found a new owner committed to keeping the team in Atlanta.
* After the team then known as the Phoenix Coyotes (now the Arizona Coyotes) filed for bankruptcy in 2009, the city of Glendale, Arizona, which owns and operates Gila River Arena (then known as Jobing.com Arena), paid the NHL $75 million over three seasons (from the 2010-11 season to the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season) for the Coyotes to remain in Arizona while the league searched for a new owner, preferably one committed to keeping the team in Arizona. [[note]]The payment for the 2011-12 season was also another factor behind the Atlanta Thrashers' relocation. True North Sports and Entertainment originally intended to buy and move the Coyotes to Winnipeg (as the Coyotes were the ''original'' Winnipeg Jets) if the league failed to find a buyer to keep the team in Glendale; however, the Glendale city council elected to cover the Coyotes' losses for another season.[[/note]] Eventually it worked, as a new buyer was found in 2013.
* Completing an NHL trifecta, in 2016, an expansion team was granted to UsefulNotes/LasVegas (area untapped by major leagues! huge fee shared with the 30 other teams!) but held up to Quebec (traditional hockey market, but the crowded area and Canadian dollar uncertainties that already drove the previous team away in 1995 made it somehow more risky).
* In UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}}, the top players typically skip the smaller, non-mandatory tournaments to save time and energy because they don't need the extra ranking points. Because of this, if you ''do'' see a top 5 player at some obscure ATP 250 or WTA International event, chances are that a sizeable appearance fee was included somewhere. One specific player example of this would be former top-5 stalwart Nikolay Davydenko, who was quite upfront in admitting that he played in a lot more tournaments than he needed to solely for the additional money.
* This was why UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver Niki Lauda came out of retirement and joined [=McLaren=]: he had started an airline and needed money for it. It did get him his third title (in the narrowest margin of victory ever, no less), so there's that.
* In the 2014 [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cup]], three African teams showed they considered their pay as important as victories: Cameroon delayed their trip because they wanted to get paid before, and while in Brazil one of the players admitted he's OnlyInItForTheMoney; Ghana threatened to strike during the tournament, only shutting up once a jet filled with cash arrived; and Nigeria also complained with their managers about the prize money.
* Any time you see a small, lesser known team playing a powerhouse in college football. Bigger programs pay smaller teams to be a punching bag for 60 minutes and sell tickets while the smaller team often gets more money for a single weekend than their program would for the entire season. Sometimes it backfires, though. Ask any UsefulNotes/UniversityOfMichigan fan about the Appalachian State game.[[note]]There were actually ''two'' Appalachian State games—in 2007 and 2014. Michigan won the 2014 game, but that's not the one everyone remembers. Humorously, the reason Michigan played Appalachian State in the first place in 2007 was because Michigan backed out of a game against the University of Hawaii, who won 11 games the year prior and would go undefeated in the 2007 regular season. Michigan scheduled Appalachian State thinking they'd have an easier opponent.[[/note]] Or any University of North Texas fan about the Portland State game.[[note]]In 2015, North Texas paid Portland State, an FCS team, $425,000 to come to Denton for a game. UNT ended up on the wrong end of a [[CurbstompBattle 66–7 blowout]], with the Mean Green only scoring in the final minute. The loss was so humiliating that UNT immediately fired its head coach.[[/note]]
* The Qatari national handball team for the 2015 World Cup. The team consists of three Montenegrin, two Bosnian, one Spanish, one French, one Egyptian, one Tunisian and a Cuban player with their 6 Qatari players. It is possible to buy a national team, it seems.
* In women's basketball, American superstar Diana Taurasi sat out the 2015 WNBA season[[note]](held in the northern hemisphere summer, when other women's leagues around the world aren't playing)[[/note]] at the request of the Russian club she was playing for during the traditional basketball season. Her Russian club, which then had her under contract for about $1.5 million a season, paid her a bonus well in excess of the WNBA's maximum salary of $107,000 to sit out the summer.[[note]](In Taurasi's defense, she turned 33 during the 2015 WNBA season, and hadn't had an offseason since college. This wasn't the first time she had been offered such a bonus.)[[/note]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010–2014_NCAA_conference_realignment NCAA conference realignment in the early 2010s]] started out as this—a couple of big conferences saw the chance to add members and make even more money than they were already swimming in, schools saw the same kind of dollar signs as well, and chaos ensued.
* Usually if you see a player on a winning squad take a higher deal from a less successful team in free agency, this trope is in play. For instance, former Yankees 2B Robinson Canó was accused of this trope by Yankee fans when he spurned playing in pinstripes, where he was a perennial MVP contender in the biggest market, in a ballpark built for his left-handed swing where he also helped bring home a title, to take an offer from the Seattle Mariners in excess of $200 million, despite a weaker roster, a cavern of a stadium[[note]]Canó has hit fewer home runs in his first two years in Seattle combined than what he ''averaged'' per year his last four years in New York[[/note]], little national exposure due to playing in the Northwest, and no championship pedigree (one of a handful of teams to have never make it to the World Series).

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* [[AwesomeMcCoolname Fork Parker,]] The CFO of DevolverDigital, (possibly jokingly) states that he only takes in semi-indie games so he can fund his jetski and yacht. Most of his interviews ham it up about it. The other half of the interview is him mocking people who get antsy about video game violence.
* Creator/{{Activision}} president Bobby Kotick has always made clear he's more interested in profits than making games (not that it hasn't worked, as the company went from "struggling with the new times" to "biggest in the business"), to the point that a few games were passed over due to not being CashCowFranchise candidates and a few series and studios were killed for failing to meet time and gross expectations.
* Creator/{{Gameloft}} (an offshoot of Creator/{{Ubisoft}}) makes video game-equivalents of TheMockbuster for mobile platforms like iPhone. When confronted about this in an interview, the CEO of the company said it's just the business of the industry and that people should expect "one new idea" per year.
** Speaking of Gameloft's parent company, sales representative Tony Key announced that Ubisoft will only make games that can have sequels or money-printing franchise.
* Creator/IanMcKellen stated this was the reason he kept himself involved with the ''Lord of the Rings'' video games (before the cast became contractually obliged to participate); despite the silliness of the job ("You have to say [things] like 'over here, Hobbits! Over here, Legolas!'"), he mentioned that he made more money off the games than the films themselves.
* Creator/{{Konami}} decided in 2015 to withdraw from producing console video games entirely and focus on mobile games and pachinko machines simply because they see those markets more profitable than the video game market. Gamers were less than pleased by the announcement.
* Creator/{{Valve}} has accused of becoming this since between late 2000s or early 2010s with making [[{{VideoGame/CounterStrike}} Counter Strike]] and ''VideoGame/Dota2'' as CashCowFranchise.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* [[Creator/GilbertAndSullivan William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan]] never got on particularly well, and both resented that they received far more recognition for their light comic operettas than their serious work (in Gilbert's case, his now mostly forgotten poetry and in Sullivan's the opera ''Ivanhoe''). However, their light operettas were ''hugely'' successful, with both of them making money hand over fist, and the two were often forced back into collaboration by looming impecunity. Gilbert, on being confronted with the failure of ''{{Theatre/Ruddigore}}'' pointed out that ''Ruddigore'' had made him over seven thousand pounds (equivalent of somewhere along the lines of half a million pounds in 2018) in its one-year run, and that he would gladly take a couple more similar "failures".

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/LilFormers'', this is Devastator Jr's sheepish excuse to Devastator Sr (G1) to why he went on show in Bayformers.
--> '''Devastator Sr:''' ''Junior!'' What were you thinking?! My own son, parading around with no crotchplate on!
--> '''Devastator Jr:''' C'mon Dad! It was important for the role... and don't you know how much money that movie made?
--> '''Devastator Sr:''' You know who else makes a lot of money? ''HOOKERS!'' But they ''don't'' brag about what they did to get it!
* Ian [=MacDonald=] stated that this was his ultimate goal behind doing ''Webcomic/BrunoTheBandit'', and that his utter failure to monetize the comic after eleven years was the main reason he gave up.
* This was the reason Christian Weston Chandler created ''WebComic/{{Sonichu}}'', holding the belief that this character would become a ''big'' hit. The {{Troll}}s were quick to tell him that's not how things work.
* Brad Guigar has stated that the reason the original ''Webcomic/EvilInc'' ended in favor of the more erotic spin-off was because [[SexSells they're more profitable]].

[[folder: Web Original]]
* Music/MiracleOfSound sometimes has to make songs based on upcoming games in order to keep himself afloat.
* LetsPlay/{{Strippin}} did a video in order to help promote ''Film/{{Divergent}}'' because he would get enough money to pay two months worth of rent. He would later go on to apologise for the video on Website/{{Reddit}} and pull it, saying it was shit and that he only uploaded it to make sure he'd get paid.


[[folder: Western Animation]]
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* 1960's crooner Johnny Mathis confessed he did the famous theme song to Trans Lux's ''The Mighty Hercules'' cartoon series purely for the cash plus residuals; nothin' wrong with that!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** This seems to be the case with Creator/HarryShearer. He's been highly critical of the show's quality, he has never done a DVDCommentary, and the actors (himself included) are some of the highest paid in animation.
** This may be true for most of the cast, given their infamous salary disputes with Fox over the decades that led to them being the highest-paid voice actors on TV. Creator/MattGroening, despite his producer credit, always sided with the actors during these fights... until Fox threatened to cancel the show outright unless the actors took a pay cut.
** This is part of the reason Matt Groening made ''The Simpsons'' at all. Fox originally approached him about doing a cartoon version of his indie comic ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'', but then at the last minute he learned that Fox was planning to make him sign away ''all'' of his rights to the series (this included giving Fox executives creative control over the original comic itself). Unwilling to give up ''Life In Hell'', but still wanting that sweet Hollywood money, Matt hastily sketched a family based heavily upon his own (including the names). The rest is history.
** Also an in-universe example in "The Book Job", in which Homer, Bart, and some others write a book purely to make money, while Lisa, trying to write a book for the love of writing, gets into a serious case of writer's block. Meanwhile, the financially-driven book winds up being so good that Homer and the others end up caring more about the final work than the money they stand to gain from it.
* Why Music/DannyElfman wound up doing the official theme to ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' instead of series composer Shirley Walker. Originally, the theme was supposed to be the heroic refrain heard in each episode (usually when Batman is swooping into action) and the opening of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'', but after Elfman saw the influx of royalty money he was getting from his ''Simpsons'' theme, he took up the offer to do a rearrangement of his ''Film/{{Batman}}'' theme for the animated show (which also used his film theme in a couple of early episodes), as well as scoring themes for several other television shows later. Which would certainly explain his involvement with ''Series/PointPleasant'' and ''Film/FiftyShadesOfGrey''...

[[folder: Other]]
* A meme of one of the villains from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'' saying "We've got to have money!" is used all over the internet to represent this trope, usually in a mocking manner.
* Parodied in ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' magazine's satire of ''Film/RockyIII''. In the second-to-last panel, we see [[ByTheLightsOfTheirEyes a few pairs of eyes]] in the darkness of the fight's audience, with SpeechBubbles: "Yep, he set himself up for another sequel." "Why does he do it?" "The same reason we ALL do it!" In the final panel, the speakers are revealed to be movie characters, among them Brody from ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', Film/JamesBond and [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]]. They cry in unison, '''"MONEY!!!!"'''
* In general, this trope is the relationship between {{Superhero}} comics and their adaptations: While the comics are the official canon, the "real" money is in the movies and the merchandise.