Meat Loaf was stunned when he was offered a bumper $17,000 (£11,300) pay cheque to star in The Rocky Horror Picture Show - until he won an even bigger jackpot while gambling during a break from filming.
The singer made his big screen debut as Eddie in the 1975 comedy and was pleased with the big salary - but he couldn't believe his luck when he scooped $25,500 (£17,000) in a casino while filming the musical in London.
He says, "My first ever film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, was filmed in London in 1975. It was amazing working with Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry and the rest of the cast. What an experience. I was only young, 28 years old, and it was a life-changing event for me. I got paid $17,000 for it, which was a lot of money at the time.
"Then one night I went to the Playboy Club with Lou Adler, who was the film's producer, and I won £17,000 in the casino. I only walked in with £40 and all of a sudden I was rich. That money enabled me to live in London for a while after the movie ended."