"For the money, old chap, for the money!"
— Ray Milland when asked why he had appeared in so many bad films late in his career.
"For the loot, honey, for the loot."
— Ava Gardner on why she came out of retirement to appear on a soap opera.
I can see why this film was made
Unused actors needed to get paid
Kyle: From now on, MOOP isn't about money. MOOP is about music! We're not striking anymore! Who's with us?!
Britney Spears: ...We're just about the money.
—- South Park, Episode 709 "Christian Rock Hard"
"People ask me why I'm playing in this picture. The answer is simple: Money, dear boy. I'm like a vintage wine. You have to drink me quickly before I turn sour. I'm almost used up now and I can feel the end coming. That's why I'm taking money now. I've got nothing to leave my family but the money I can make from films. Nothing is beneath me if it pays well. I've earned the right to damn well grab whatever I can in the time I've got left."
— Laurence Olivier, on his role in Inchon
"I'm doing it purely for money, because I deserve it. I’ve sung, I’ve entertained, I’ve pleased your children, I’ve pleased your wives, I’ve pleased you—YOU SONS OF BITCHES!"
—Judy Garland Speaks
"New rubbish dialogue reaches me every other day on wadges of pink paper, and none of it makes my character clear or even bearable. I just think, thankfully, of the lovely bread, which will keep me going until next April even if Yahoo collapses in a week..."
"You show me an actor doing a shit movie, I'll show you a guy with a bad divorce."
"The plot was utterly ridiculous, but I agreed to appear in the film because I got a percentage of the gross."
— Tony Curtis, on the 1967 surf/sex comedy Don't Make Waves
"I have never seen the film, but by all accounts it was terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific!"
"I made a picture called Super Mario Bros., and my six-year-old son at the time — he's now 18 — he said, 'Dad I think you're probably a pretty good actor, but why did you play that terrible guy King Koopa in Super Mario Bros?' And I said, 'Well Henry, I did that so you could have shoes,' and he said, 'Dad, I don't need shoes that badly.'"
"During the hippie era people put down the idea of business—they'd say, 'Money is bad,' and 'Working is bad,' but making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art."
— Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
"I sell myself for the highest price. Exactly like a prostitute. There is no difference."
"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, no?"''
— Shaquille O'Neal, explaining why he did Kazaam
"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 Peep Show?' the answer, obviously, is, 'Yeah, that's fine'."
— Robert Webb, defending his appearance in Mac adverts
"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? My wife loves shoes."
"I couldn’t justify turning down that big paycheck for just a few weeks work twice a year…So, I kept whoring myself out to that cartoon donkey."
"I wrote 'Eat It' because I wanted to buy a house. It worked."
—"Weird Al" Yankovic, I Love the 80's 3D
Q: How did you feel directing a slasher film in a time when they were being churned out for a quick buck?
A: I needed the quick buck!
— Retroslashers.net interview of David Hess, regarding To All a Goodnight
Interviewer: You're quoted as saying you've only made five good movies in your career. True?
Michael Madsen: Pretty much. It's certainly less than ten. Kill Bill, Species, Free Willy, Thelma & Louise, Reservoir Dogs and Donnie Brasco. Six, that's it. That's not a low number. I'm just hard to please. I've made some crap but you've got to pay the bills.
"I thought, 'Holy smokes, that's a lot of freakin' money!' Now I see why. Next time I'll hit 'em up for even more."
—Ray Liotta on his role in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Electronic Gaming Monthly
Q: Would you make Trolls! The Sitcom if a big network funded it?
A: Yes. There's a good chance it would be pretty bad though. But that's ok because $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
"Dennis Quaid. The Day After Tomorrow, G.I. Joe, and now Pandorum? Why? Do you need money? I'll give you some money!"
— Brett Erlich, The Rotten Tomatoes Show
"Aside from a new summerhouse for Morgan Freeman, no one was expecting much out of the sequel to Bruce Almighty that nobody asked for."
Mike: I thought Leonard Nimoy said he was never gonna play Spock again after the first one.
Jay: You know what happened? Even if Leonard Nimoy said that and he meant it, they took one of those little bags of cash and just dropped it in front of him. He said, "Oo-kay. Can we do it on The Skype?
Mike: But what does that guy need cash for? He's like 89 years old. What, does he need a bigger headstone?
Matt: One of Kagan’s spies overhears the whole thing, which leads Kagan to half-heartedly tell his general to let Rayne find it, then kill her with about as much enthusiasm as if he was asking the guy to go pick up some Funyuns.
Chris: The best part of this scene is that everyone is in the same costumes and standing on the same marks as they were in the last scene on this set, even though days are supposed to have passed. It could not be more obvious that (Ben) Kingsley was just knocking out his part one right after the other.
Matt: I wouldn’t be shocked to discover someone off screen was just feeding him lines.
Chris: Jor-El style!
"I know this is a DTV movie, but even by those standards [it] is terrible. I also think we all need to give up on the idea of Lance Henriksen “starring” in any movies anymore. The man is the John Carradine of the new millennium. He will just show up for five minutes to any movie offering craft services. Chuck a few free tacos his way and BAM he will show up to your nephew’s bar mitzvah. I just assume he is in every crappy Scifi movie from now on. Yeah, as you can guess, he shows up for five minutes grunts out a few lines and collects his paycheck (despite being top billed)."
"'Has it ever occurred to you that you may have totally lost your mind,' says Brando's agent, I mean, Edward Douglas."
—Jabootu on The Island of Dr. Moreau (1992)
"This is not a real viral hit. This is viral marketing... 'Course, it's kinda obvious that this is prepackaged considering the video has appearances by Snoop Dogg and David Hasslehoff, two men who are...basically prostitutes. I don't think that's controversial to say."
—Todd in the Shadows on #Selfie
Transmorphers Character: I did not sign on for a paycheque!
Film Brain: Your acting says otherwise.
"Apparently (Jeremy) Irons was in this movie because he needed to pay for renovations on some castle he’d purchased. Though I understand an actor’s inherent need to work, and that you can’t always pick and choose what you’re offered even if you’ve won an Academy Award, it occurs to me that maybe he could have had a little more discretion about certain projects if he weren’t buying castles."
Oancitizen: How'd they get Derek Jacobi to do this?
Kylie: Needed to pay off a parking ticket.