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EW’s 25 Most Shameless Paycheck-Grabbing Roles in History

Entertainment Weekly #917 has more than a little fun in citing some pretty bad roles chosen by otherwise top notch talent. Most of them are genre films. Hmmm…are genre films big-money lanterns to money-seeking moths? Anyway, here’s the list. See the issue for the humorous writeups of each.

The 25 Most Shameless Paycheck-Grabbing Roles in History

  1. Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again
  2. Jason Alexander in Dunstan Checks In
  3. Bill Murray in Garfield
  4. Marlon Brando in Superman
  5. Matt Dillon in Herbie: Fully Loaded
  6. Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Chill Factor
  7. Elizabeth Taylor in The Flintstones
  8. Ben Affleck in Paycheck
  9. Buster Keaton in Beach Blanket Bingo
  10. Jeremy Irons and John Malkovich in Eragon
  11. Christopher Walken in Kangaroo Jack
  12. Richard Pryor in Superman III
  13. Faye Dunaway in Supergirl
  14. William Hurt in Lost in Space
  15. Laurence Olivier in Clash of the Titans
  16. Demi Moore in Striptease
  17. Michael Caine in Jaws: The Revenge
  18. Judi Dench in The Chronicles of Riddick
  19. Orson Welles in Transformers: The Movie
  20. Peter O’Toole in Club Paradise
  21. Dennis Hopper in Super Mario Bros.
  22. Tony Curtis in The Bad News Bears Go to Japan
  23. Sir Ben Kingsley in BloodRayne
  24. Richard Burton in Exorcist II: The Heretic
  25. Robert DeNiro in The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle

I might add to this list Jeremy Irons in The Time Machine remake. Can you think of others?

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5 Comments on EW’s 25 Most Shameless Paycheck-Grabbing Roles in History

  1. Jeremy Irons in Dungeons and Dragons.

  2. Mike Timonin // January 21, 2007 at 8:31 am //

    How about Jeremy Irons in Dungeons and Dragons?

  3. Mike Timonin // January 21, 2007 at 8:32 am //

    Damn. Read then post.

  4. Wave off! Wave off! Richard Burton was in Exorcist II: The Heretic, not Exorcist III. Exorcist III should be better known as “William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III” because he actually wrote and directed that screenplay. Exorcist III is a fantastic film and much maligned because II was such a wretched film. Please don’t perpetuate the mistaken association and do yourself a favor and see Exorcist III.

  5. Hat trick for Jeremy Irons!

    Thanks, Dean. I’ve corrected the typo.

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