When it comes to movies, there are usually a few big names that stand out above the rest. These actors often have lead or starring roles in some of the biggest and most popular films. While their work is critically acclaimed, and they often rake in millions at the box office, these actors' paychecks pale in comparison to what they could make by appearing in a commercial. Some of these stars take on small but key roles in order to help promote the film without taking away from their own star power.

It's no secret that the majority of actors only take on a role if the paycheck is right. However, there are some instances where an actor takes on a big role for other reasons. In this article, we'll be looking at four big roles that the actors only took for the money. We'll also explore why they decided to take on these roles and what it did for their careers. So, without further ado, let's get started!

Charles Dance

Charles Dance thinks a lot of his movies are, literally, just junk. 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, he said in 1999. CRACKED COM

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Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss played the bad guy in Red because of the money he got. Well, that, and the people he worked with -but apparently, that was it. I did it for money and to work with this group of folks. I'm nothing if not honest, he said. CRACKED COM

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Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo stayed on Grey's Anatomy purely for the paychecks. And so I made a decision to make money, and not chase creative acting roles. That's what, ultimately, I think, the hustler in me-I don't like chasing anything, ever. And acting to me, in my experience, was a lot of chasing, she explained. CRACKED.COM

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Stannis Baratheon

Stephen Dillane mainly played Stannis Baratheon on GoT for the money. It's pretty brutal. I couldn't watch much of that anyway. It's hardcore. Too tough for me... Money is the main thing I got out of it. It's an odd situation. There is a kind of etiquette around these things. CRACKED COM

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