Famous American actor and film producer, Jake Gyllenhaal is known all over the world, for playing an array of spectacular characters. His talent is truly effortless when it comes to captivating the audience, and boy does he get paid to do so.
Jake Gyllenhaal has over 50 credits to his name, with another 17 solely for producing. His net worth is a whopping $80 million, meaning he makes just under $220,000 a day! Unlike most actors, Gyllenhaal does not have a set fee for his services, rather he gets paid on a movie by movie basis.
This seasoned actor has been in the business since he was a child, starting out in 1991 at only 11 years old. He also came from an elite family, with his mother being a well-known producer/screenwriter and his father a sought after director.
Living up to Expectations
Coming from a successful family, the young actor had to figure out how to make a name for himself. This meant proving himself in a world that expected so much from him.
In 2001 Jake Gyllenhaal made a name for himself in “Donnie Darko”. This cult hit gave him credibility as an up and comer in a cut-throat industry.
Even though he had started to make a name for himself, his real breakthrough was in 2005, for a film called “Brokeback Mountain”. A story of two same-sex love interests, who struggled within their relationships.
This film was not only controversial but brought a lot of wanted and unwanted attention to Gyllenhaal. Despite certain negativity towards the film and the actors, this was his first big paycheck.
Looking back now, Jake Gyllenhaal may feel that he has been duped, when receiving a measly $521,000 for the entirety of shooting.
With the movie now being a classic that is rewatched by many generations, he may not have been paid what he was worth for this one. Especially considering all of the backlash it entailed.
One actor from the movie, Randy Quaid, even filed a lawsuit against the film, because he felt that he didn’t get enough money. Because of the film’s massive success, he felt that he was entitled to a lot more money than originally negotiated.
Bottom of the Top
Jake Gyllenhaal started to find his feet after Brokeback Mountain gained so much attention. Whether good or bad, it circulated his name around Hollywood, making him a hot commodity.
The young actor took quite a pay increase a few months later when he starred in “Jarhead”. Raising his paycheck to $3 million, the aspiring movie star had finally entered into the realm of stardom.
Even though he was still considered the bottom of the Hollywood food chain, he was on his way up. After “Jarhead”, Gyllenhaal worked on and off, not needing to have as much consistent work due to his new salary status.
During his time off, Jake was asked to be interviewed by many successful talk show hosts. Some interviews were based on his last film, “Jarhead”, while others were just to get to know the man behind the screen.
By 2010 the rising actor entered into the world of Disney, starring in one of his most heavily funded films to date. “The Prince of Persia” gave his portfolio a well-rounded range, while increasing his paycheck once again.
However, this time his paycheck jumped higher than it ever had before. Gyllenhaal was paid an astonishing $10 million for his role as Prince Dastan.
This was the most publicly published, that he had been paid for a single film. With the larger budget for the film as a whole, this allowed him to get a much higher amount.
With many successful box office hits in between, 2019 was where this heartthrob really made it big. After landing the role of Quentin Beck in “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, Gyllenhaal had reached the big leagues.
This was a huge achievement that offers actors so many opportunities for never-ending sequels, crossovers, and guest appearances. Now that he had made it into the Marvel franchise, the world was his oyster.
It isn’t noted how much he actually received from the film, however, we do know that Marvel isn’t tight when it comes to spending money. For a lower-level character such as Gyllanhaals, he may have been paid in the $8 million to $15 million realm.