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It’s In My Contract

December 13, 2017

Being a movie star is pretty sweet work if you can get. So are the perks.

Roger Moore

James Bond is a gentleman who enjoys gentlemanly things, such as martinis that are shaken instead of stirred. James Bond portrayer Roger Moore also liked the finer things – so much so that when he agreed to play 007 in the 1970s, his contract included a clause for an unlimited supply of Montecristo cigars.

Queen Latifah

Spoiler alert…for every movie you’ll ever see that stars Queen Latifah. The rapper-turned-Oscar nominee for Chicago has what she calls a “death clause” in her contract for every film she acts in. She first became concerned in 1997, after her character in the heist drama Set it Off perished. She said on Late Night with Seth Meyers, she realized that if her character dies, “she can’t be in the sequel.”

Julia Roberts

A standard clause in Julia Roberts’ movie contract: Everyday the production provides her with four gallons of bottled Evian water. She uses it to wash her hair.

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson likes to act—he’s starred in nearly 200 movies. The one thing he likes to do even more: golf. He’s such a big-time duffer that he has a standard clause written into every movie contract he signs that allows him to leave the set up to twice a week to go golfing.

Dolph Lundgren

Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren had the looks and acting chops necessary to make it as an actor in Hollywood in the 1980s. He also had a very thick Swedish accent, and producers would sometimes hire somebody else to dub his dialogue. Lundgren desperately wanted the chance to get his lines right, so for the 1987 movie Masters of the Universe (he played popular cartoon character / action figure He-Man) he had a clause in his contract that allowed him three chances per scene to clearly enunciate his lines.

Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond played the nerdy Screech on the 1989–1993 sitcom Saved By the Bell. The role has pretty much left him typecast, so much so that whenever Diamond gets a role in something these days, his contract forbids anyone on set from mentioning Screech or Saved by the Bell. If a costar or crew member does, Diamond gets a $100 bonus per incident.

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