Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Adam Levine Didn’t Get Paid for Acting Role

The Maroon 5 frontman apparently didn’t get a paycheck for his film debut in ‘Begin Again’

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: July 1st, 2014 in Culture » Film » News

Like so many musicians before him, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has recently decided to branch out into acting, taking his debut acting role in the musical romantic comedy, Begin Again, which also stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

But what many of us didn’t know was that Levine, despite definitely increasing the film’s appeal (as he is the frontman of one of the biggest pop rock bands in the world, not to mention a judge on The Voice) actually didn’t take a penny for his role in the film.

That’s better than when Jonah Hill agreed to do the Wolf of Wall Street for basically nothing. Pretty humble of him.

The Los Angeles-born Levine plays a rock n roll musician named Dave Kohl in the film – so he doesn’t stray too far away from real life – who lands a deal with a major label after years of singing and songwriting alongside his girlfriend Gretta (Knightley).

According to Levine, the film was a great way for him to get experience in the acting business.

“I did this movie for no money. I’m very lucky that I’m in that position,” Adam said to USA Today on Monday. “I want to have good experiences. I don’t want to do a bunch of s*** that I hate. I want to treat [acting] completely differently because I have the very fortunate luxury of not having to think of this in terms of money,” he added.

Given the fact that Maroon 5 is putting out another album in September, and that he’ll be starring on The Voice‘s seventh season (starting that same month), I’m sure he’ll be alright for money despite doing this film for free.

Watch a trailer for Begin Again below:


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