Film is a visual medium. While talking pictures, or films with sound, have been around for nearly a century, roles in many of today’s biggest blockbusters have relatively little dialogue. Despite saying just a few lines, many of these actors are highly paid.
Whether playing a hard-boiled loner, a humanoid robot, or an alien experiencing human contact for the first time, many talented actors have created memorable characters with just a couple lines of dialogue — and are paid accordingly. In other cases, high-profile celebrities can demand large paychecks for minor film roles with relatively few scenes and little dialogue. Whatever the reason, there are a number of roles in Hollywood that have paid more than $10,000 per word.
To determine the actors getting paid the most per word, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed salary data and word counts for about 2,000 movies. Actors were ranked by the ratio of their total earnings to the number of words of dialogue written for their character or characters in a given screenplay.