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Celebrity Salaries

Celebrity Salaries

Date: Apr 15 2009

Themes: Work

Grammar: Modal Verbs


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According to Forbes.com, Will Smith is the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. In 2008, he raked in 80 million dollars. So if he gave up his salary for one year, he could afford to give each of the 1 million English, baby! members 80 bucks!

Some people think that celebrity salaries have gotten out of control. It’s hard to imagine how anyone could possibly need, or deserve, to make tens of millions of dollars. But stars have to spend a lot so they can look great, wear beautiful clothes, and maintain the fabulous lifestyles that their fans love to read about in magazines.

So, should actors like Will Smith make millions? Listen to what Marni and Dale think.


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Marni:  I just read recently that Brad Pitt earns like 20 to 30 million dollars per movie that he makes.

Dale:  20 to 30 million dollars? How ‘bout the other actors, like Johnny Depp?

Marni:  I think he earns something like 75 million dollars.

Dale:  So do you think they should actually earn that much money?

Marni:  Absolutely not!

Dale:  I think it’s talent. I mean you have to have star power, and you have to have a lot of talent. And I know that a majority of the actors also have the ability to give to charity.

Marni:  Yes, which hopefully they do. And I don’t doubt that all those stars do that. But the mere fact that they’re making in the millions…Look at all the professions that are so underpaid and so overworked. Like, for instance, teachers, who make absolutely nothing. I just think…

Dale:  What do you think actors should earn?

Marni:  You know, I understand that they need to earn a lot of money. Whatever. But millions of dollars?

Dale:  What’s fair?

Marni:  OK, you know, maybe a few hundred thousand. Wouldn’t that be sufficient?

Dale:  Few hundred thousand. Few hundred thousand. So where would the rest of the money go?

Marni:  I think it should go back into the community.

Dale:  And I think that a lot of them do give back to the community.

Marni:  I know, but aren’t we really just going crazy and…We lift these people up on a pedestal like they’re gods just because they make millions of dollars.

Dale:  Well, some people do think that they are gods.


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Marni is shocked by how much money superstars like Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt earn. She doesn’t think anyone needs to earn more than a few hundred thousand dollars, even famous celebrities. Considering how little money other hardworking people make, it seems unfair to Marni that famous actors get paid so much. She also thinks we put celebrities on pedestals because of all their money. But they’re normal people just like us who shouldn’t be treated like gods.

Dale disagrees. He thinks the celebrities deserve to make millions of dollars because they’re very talented. Also, many of them give money to charity. So they do give back to their communities.

Do you think celebrities’ salaries are too high? Why? Are celebrities special or just regular people with unusual jobs?



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I'm agree

06:41 AM Apr 15 2009 |




i`m agree with Sotree most stars, which earn a lot pay for it and the price is privacy. in other hand if people would not go to move and watch films with this actors, they stop earning a lot and stop being such popular


06:29 AM Apr 15 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

well. not all celebrities' salaries are too high

But I think that If any one worked hard in his/her job, he/she deserve to earn much money, and I see that the celebrities are worked hard, but actually I hope if they give back their money to charity.

In that way they can get respect the communities and it makes them more possive i the society


06:28 AM Apr 15 2009 |




First of all, is Johnny Depp that hot? 3 times salary of Brad Pitt? No way!


Well, compare to some famous Chinese stars,  or compare to Chinese soccer team, Will Smith definitely worth it!  I like him.


Old saying: All that is real is rational. It's not fair that people only question stars' salary, those who really make big money and easy money are in low key, the stars just a good target for cynical people. I ask you, just imagine it, no privacy, show bling bling whenever wherever,  wear fur in summer or swim in winter, worry about being hunted by paparazzi all day, also worry about no paparazzi at all. I don't think everyone could handle all these trouble.  The stars' life is kinda tough.




06:10 AM Apr 15 2009 |

shimaa mohammed


Actually actors earns alot of many and they don't do anything hard on the other alot of workers instance a social workers , work hard and help people to adptable with community and don't earn sufficient money. I think it's defeat and I think should be a justic among all jobs.

04:03 AM Apr 15 2009 |



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04:00 AM Apr 15 2009 |



I do think  it's unfair  to us that celebritis get paid so much,



we work hard but get less money

03:41 AM Apr 15 2009 |



Just like the player in MLB

I think the celebrities also want the lucks expect strength.

So,I do think their value this price.


02:06 AM Apr 15 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

i thing everyone keep a work ...they should actually earn that much money

01:31 AM Apr 15 2009 |



Those superstars are just a common human being with an unique job. The amount of money they make are actually too high for those with a common job. However, when they make more money, I believe they have more pressure when working. I think celebrities, like stars, famous doctors, or politicians, who earn more than most people, have lots of stress when they do their jobs. They must keep everything perfect, or maybe, they'll lose their fans, and also the income.

12:58 AM Apr 15 2009 |




Wiil Smith, one of my favourite actor. I think he has good looking and his action are perfect. If I were get 80millions per year I'd like to give back to the community. I will built a big building for homeless people and let them to stay there. What do you think? Today there are many poor people in all over the world right? 8omillions is majority money for one person. 

12:44 AM Apr 15 2009 |




Some of the celebrities have their star power so everyone like them. They earn a lot of money because they have a lot of talent. But I also pity for those celebrities who does not have a good luck, they are so underpaid and overworked. So If you want to be a celebrity, you have to work harder in order to get a higher salary.

12:20 AM Apr 15 2009 |

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