A growing trend in hollywood these days is having top level stars take part in movies that are less than large scale. Sometimes you might be surprised by what you are seeing these stars in. You know the movie was made on a shoestring budget but yet they are fully involved in the movie. You are looking at that movie with stars of your own in your eyes. You are imagining your movie and how it would look with a top name in the industry. Well it would be a shame to burst your bubble but the truth is there isn’t much chance of that happening. Big stars only do smaller films for a few reasons.
The main reason is that they feel its a good career move. Let’s say you are a big action star who is killing it at the box office but what you really want to do is a dramatic movie to show you can act. However the studio doesn’t have any desire to put you in a lower budget film considering you do so well in the big actions films. So you take on a role for a scaled pay(and industry term where the actors get paid the SAG minimum for their daily work) and hope that you do well and the film gets the attention of critics so you have leverage to do the kind of film that you want.
The other reason a star will agree to do a lesser film is because they owe someone a favor. Don’t underestimate this as a real reason for having to do projects. There is a lot of handshakes and scratching backs in hollywood so that means that there are lots of people who owe people favors and doing smaller films to drive up the funding and the marketing of it are a real reason.