In the end, I hope they liked being a part of the movies themselves.

‘Rings’ cast upset over bonus pay
Despite the tremendous success of the “Lord of the Rings” films, 18 cast members are claiming film studio New Line is tight-fisted when it comes to bonus payments.
According to Newsweek, the unnamed actors are complaining that bonus payments for the second film were smaller than payments from the first, despite the sequel’s greater box office sales.
The actors first noticed the discrepancy when they discovered that some cast members had been excluded from payments, usually received for promotional work and premieres.
In an effort to address the problem, one actor has apparently struck a deal with the studio, creating a “bonus pool” for the third film that will allow any extra payments to be shared among the cast.
The third and final film in the series, “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” opens worldwide Dec. 17.