Now, a quater million dollars for an acting gig would cause most of us, even most "working" actors, to wet their pants with glee. But to an A-lister like Johansson, the offer must have hurt; at least her pride, not to mention her pocketbook. After all, Malibu mansions don't come cheap these days!
What does that mean to indie filmmakers? It means even in elite Hollywood circles, budgets are key. The more you can do with less, the better off you'll be. Sounds like a perfect reason to make your own damn movie!