Hey Hollywood, unsure if you can afford those $20 million pay days to folks like Tom Cruise, Natalie Portman, Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, etc.? Well Empire Magazine has your back offering suggestions for cheaper, and in many cases, much better alternatives. For a fraction of the price you could get James Marsden, Anna Friel, Russell Brand, Will Arnett and Malin Akerman.
The one that took me by surprise was insteand of Nicole Kidman get Naomi Watts. Which is odd. Watts is both prettier and a better actress, yet she commands only half the salary Kidman does. Even stranger still, the two are BFFs from back in the day kicking it in the Outback.
This isn’t really uncommon though. My studios have the A-list actor/actress in mind for their picture and then have to go with a second or third choice. However, usually once an actor lands on the A-List commanding a hefty salary it isn’t long before their star has waned and noone really cares about them. Ahem, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Very rare is the performer who keeps audiences enthralled for years on end.