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Mark Newton

When you star in a movie that subsequently goes on to make $1.2 billion at the global box office, you're probably going to be hoping for at least a bit of that tasty money pie.

However, for Spencer Lacey Ganus - a teenage voice actress who worked on the immensely succesfully Disney blockbuster Frozen - her piece of the money pie merely consists of some rather crumbly bread crusts. You see, the 15-year-old voice actress provided the voice for Elsa in her troublesome teenage years, and for this job she was remunerated only a one-day payment of $926.20. TMZ worked out this was .000077% of Frozen's final haul.

Admittedly, Ganus' performance did only amount to four lines and 31 seconds of footage, but she might want to find a better agent to avoid these relatively meagre payments in the future.

Personally, as a former 15-year-old, I would have quite happily accepted almost a grand for a day's work - in fact, I'd still happily accept it now.

However, Ganus isn't the first actor or actress to be paid a surprisingly low fee for a major motion picture. Let's take a look at some more below.

Harrison Ford - Star Wars: A New Hope - $10,000

As an up-and-coming actor, Harrison Ford was originally only paid $10,000 for the role of Han Solo in the first Star Wars movies. I don't think we should be too upset for him though, from what I've heard this 'Star Wars' thing is quite popular nowadays, so I'm guessing he's made quite a bit of cash since then.

Robert Downey Jr. - Game 6 - $100 a Day

Back in 2005, Robert Downey Jr. couldn't demand the $50 million paychecks he can nowadays, but he was certainly worth more than $100 a day. However, Downey was so eager to appear in the indie baseball flick, Game 6 he agreed to take the minimum salary possible.

Brad Pitt - Thelma & Louise - $6,000

For one of his first major big screen roles, Brad Pitt took only $6,000 for his work - which usually required running around motel rooms with his shirt off. Presumably he doesn't get out of bed for that amount anymore...

George Clooney - Good Night, And Good Luck - $3

George Clooney went a bit further than his pal Brad Pitt by only taking $1 for each of his writing, directing and acting roles in his political drama Good Night, And Good Luck. He even had to remortgage his home to pay for the budget. Luckily, the film went on to make $53 million and was nominated for six Oscars, so I suppose it was worth it.

Ethan Hawke - The Purge - Pretty Much Nothing

Ethan Hawke believed in The Purge so much he didn't even ask for any money up front. In fact, he even slept on the couch of the director during the shoot. He explained:

There were no perks. No trailer, no driver, no BS, just a great role, a great director. Hell, on The Purge, I slept on his couch the whole shoot.

In exchange, Hawke accepted a percentage of the profits, which ultimately turned out to be pretty significant.

Bill Murray - Rushmore - $9,000

Bill Murray was so eager to give newcomer director Wes Anderson his big shot that he accepted the Screen Actors Guild minimum fee. In fact, Bill Murray almost lost $16,000 during the making of Rushmore. When Disney refused to shell out for a required helicopter, Murray gave Anderson a check for $25,000 of his own money. In the end, the scene was scrapped and Anderson ended up keeping, but never cashing, the check.


Does Spencer Lacey Ganus deserve to get more money for her role?

Source: TMZ, DigitialSpy


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