Some scenarios require actors to go beyond when it comes to engaging in dialogue. Woody Allen’s early films or just about any episode of “Gilmore Girls” on television features characters going wild a mile a minute, barely stopping to catch their breath.
Yet other films require actors to rely less on dialogue and more on subtle physical tools to portray their characters. The recent appearance of Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass in “The Revenant” in 2015 is one example. With very few lines of speech, he managed to make the two-and-a-half-hour film and win the Oscar for Best Actor. They are the most popular Oscar winners of all time.
Saying little, however, doesn’t stop many of today’s hottest acting talents from raising huge sums of money. In some cases, Hollywood has given away up to $ 10,000 per word to its favorite actors.
Some of these parts just don’t require a lot of dialogue, like Johnny Depp’s largely silent character in “Edward Scissorhands”. Others may have more lines than that, but earn an equally high – if not higher – salary like Brad Pitt’s titular performance in “Meet Joe Black.” In both cases, the amount of money paid per word spoken is exceptionally high.
To determine the highest paid actors per word, 24/7 Tempo looked at salary data and word counts for approximately 2,000 films. Actors were ranked based on the ratio of their total earnings to the number of dialogue words written for their character (s) in a given scenario.