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Which Movie Character's Job Would You Steal?

By Laura Morsch,

Hollywood stars have glamorous lives, beautiful spouses and stratospheric paychecks. But between their on-again-off-again romances, legal troubles and paparazzi stalkers, sometimes it's not the lives of the rich and famous that make us seethe with envy. Instead, it's the glamorous lives of their movie characters that really have us turning green. recently asked 1,202 people to name the movie character whose job they're dying to steal. Here are some of the most popular answers -- and why those jobs may not be all they're cracked up to be.

1. Don Vito Corleone -- mob boss from the "Godfather" series
As head of a New York City mafia 'family,' Corleone seems to have it all -- money, prestige, power. And as one worker told CareerBuilder, "There's nothing like 'axing' somebody after a long day at the office."

But in real life, it's next to impossible to break into the business, and most of your work is illegal or dangerous. Unless you're up to being killed, thrown into prison or entering the Witness Protection Program, this may not be the career path for you.

2. Andrew Shepherd -- "The American President"
As leader of the free world, the President of the United States heads up the executive branch of the U.S. Government. The president's innumerable responsibilities include signing federal bills into law, appointing Supreme Court justices and making important domestic and foreign policy decisions.

The salary and benefits aren't bad either -- an annual salary of $400,000 a year, including a $50,000 expense account. But remember, only 43 people have held this job -- ever -- and job security isn't so hot, because you're literally campaigning for your job every four years.

3. Obi Wan Kenobi -- legendary Jedi Knight from the "Star Wars" series
Sure, being a protector of the galaxy would be appealing, but you may want to consider a more um, realistic job for the immediate future.

4. Gordon Gekko -- Stockbroker, "Wall Street"
One of Wall Street's most feared traders, Gekko credits hard work and values of capitalism for his whopping success. Forbes magazine ranks Gekko fourteenth on its Fictional 15 list, estimating his net worth at $650 million.

But to snag Gekko's lifestyle, you better be prepared for work, work, work ("Lunch is for wimps"), and have a healthy dose of greed ("Greed is good"). Plus, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual earnings in Gekko's industry aren't nearly so high -- $60,990.

5. Mary Fiore -- Wedding Consultant, "The Wedding Planner"
Wedding consultants help the bride and groom plan their wedding, assisting with everything from the food to the lighting. They schmooze with vendors and advocate for their clients, ensuring the wedding is as smooth as the silk bridal gown.

According to the Princeton Review, consultants usually charge about 15 percent of the cost of the wedding, with the average wedding costing about $20,000. However, business can be very irregular, and since you're dealing with incredibly stressed, emotional families, the work can be extremely hard on the nerves.

6. Indiana Jones -- Archaeologist and Adventurer, "Raiders of the Lost Ark"
Indiana Jones' missions send him darting through caves, searching for treasures and barely escaping a giant rolling boulder. But the real life of an archaeologist isn't nearly so exciting.

Archaeologists study past human cultures by recovering and examining material evidence like ruins. Still interesting work, but if you're looking for dangerous submarine rides, be warned: according to the Princeton Review, you're more likely to "... carefully dust a fragment of a Mayan temple with a toothbrush or measure and examine thousands of tiny, nearly identical chipped stone axes."

7. James Bond -- Spy, "007 Series"
Adventure, gadgets and an endless stream of beautiful women... what a life. According to, some real-life benefits of working as an American spy -- for the CIA that is -- are possible code names and opportunities to alter the world's balance of power.

But one insider calls the job "... very patriotic with little reward other than knowing you are doing your best to help keep America strong." And chances are, real spies won't be allowed to draw nearly so much attention to themselves as Bond does.

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