Today we will present you the top expensive cameo roles with brief appearances on the big screen though time. Some characters only appear in one or two short scenes, but help the actor pocket huge amounts of money, even up to millions of dollars.
Charlie Sheen in Scary Movie 5 (2013)
After a cameo as a man with a Viagra overdose in part 4, Charlie Sheen continued to participate in Part 5 of Scary Movie through only two short scenes. One day on the set of Sheen, the manufacturer had to pay him $ 250,000. Unfortunately, the money wasn’t worth it since the movie was bad, and the appearance of the actor was boring. However, Charlie Sheen still scored with the audience by the action afterward. He gave Lindsay Lohan $ 100,000 from the salaries so she could pay for the tax debt. The remaining $150,000 was divided equally by Sheen and sent to three different charities.
Ving Rhames in Mission: Impossible
Ghost Protocol (2011): Besides Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames is another face who appeared in all six episodes of Mission Impossible. He plays Luther Stickell – a good teammate of Ethan Hunt. However, with Part 4 – Ghost Protocol, Rhames’ appearance was so short that he was not included in the credits. However, the only scene at the end of the action blockbuster helped Rhames pocket up to $ 7.7 million! In 2010, in an interview, Ving Rhames said that the producer offered to pay only $ 3 million, but he wanted to keep the same $ 7.7 million as the original contract, otherwise, the actor will leave the franchise.
Jesse Eisenberg in Camp Hell (2010)
In 2007, the eccentric actor accepted to help a friend when he played a guest for less than 5 minutes in Camp Hell and agreed to receive a symbolic remuneration of 3,000 USD. However, when the film was released as a disc, Eisenberg’s name and image appeared as if he was starring. The 36-year-old actor decided to file a lawsuit against Lionsgate with Grindstone and demand compensation of $ 3 million. The actual lawsuit has not been finalized yet. But if won, Eisenberg will receive the same amount of money as the entire project!
Julia Roberts on Valentine’s Day (2010)
Another high rank in our top expensive cameo roles belongs to Julia Robert in Valentine’s Day which is a compilation film project, including small stories that take place on Valentine’s Day, with the participation of many stars in which one of them is Julia Roberts. In the film, the “beautiful woman” only appeared for 6 minutes but received a payment of up to $ 3 million. On average, every second Roberts appears on the screen, she receives up to $ 8,000! However, Valentine’s Day crew probably has nothing to complain about when the film later collected more than $400 million worldwide.
Michael Biehn in Alien 3 (1992)
Apart from the blockbuster series Alien and Terminator, Michael Biehn’s career did not quite take off. Therefore, he was very excited to return to part 3 after the success of Aliens (1986). However, the project underwent a lot of content changes. From being the main lead, his character Hicks was almost eliminated. The crew offered to use a doll instead of Hicks’ death, but Biehn refused and threatened to sue. In the end, he only allowed the crew to use an old picture of him, along with a 6-digit sum that had never been revealed by the parties.
Sean Connery in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
The character Richard Lion of the legendary Sean Connery in the film about Robin Hood (Kevin Costner) only has two minutes to appear with four lines, and even was not listed in the credits. However, the Scottish actor received $ 250,000 from two short filming days. After that, Connery decided to use all of this money to go to charity.
Marlon Brando in Superman (1978)
Legendary Marlon Brando signed the role of Jor-El – the father of Superman (Christopher Reeve) – in 1975, with a salary of 3.7 million USD, accompanied by 11.75% from the film’s subsequent profits. However, director Richard Donner wanted to perform Superman and Superman II at the same time, causing the recording process to last 19 months. Marlon Brando personally felt bored when it was his turn to shoot, and showed a lack of cooperation when he was not learning the lines, demanding a cue on the set. After that, Superman won big with sales up to more than 300 million, and Brando finally received 19 million USD from just 12 days of turbulent filming. After 35 years, if you include the inflation factor, the number reached over 50 million USD, and this is often considered as the number 1 in top expensive cameo roles of all time.