Adam Levine Filmed Begin Again Movie For Free, Wanted Experience

Entertainment Jul. 1, 2014 AT 9:10AM
Keira Knightley and Adam Levine in Begin Again Keira Knightley and Adam Levine in Begin Again -- he filmed the movie for free. Credit: Andrew Schwartz

Adam Levine may bring in millions for his musical endeavors with Maroon 5 and his TV gig with The Voice, but his film acting debut isn't quite so lucrative. 

"I did this movie for no money," he told USA Today.

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Levine, 35, earns his first feature film credit this month with the release of the upcoming movie Begin Again. He stars in the romantic flick alongside Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, and Hailee Steinfeld.

His costars, however, are undoubtedly making slightly more for the project than he is.

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"I'm very lucky that I'm in that position," the Maroon 5 crooner continued. According to a story by the Hollywood Reporter, he brought in about $35 million in 2013 alone. "I want to have good experiences. I don't want to do a bunch of s--t 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."

Begin Again, which is set for wide release on July 11, features Levine as the bad boy ex-boyfriend of Knightley's character. Pursuing a music career, she goes on to meet Ruffalo's character, who is a failed executive in the music business.

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Levine previously made a cameo in the NBC television show 30 Rock as himself, and acted in a few episodes of FX's American Horror Story in 2012.

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