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This year's highest paid actors list might surprise you

08.03.2011

Forbes has released its list of the top paid male actors in the industry, and I know you're going to look at a few of these names and go uhhh what? Because I sure know I did.

Before we begin, you probably want to check out the list itself. Here you go:

1. Leonardo DiCaprio ($77 million)

2. Johnny Depp ($50 million)

3. Adam Sandler ($40 million)

4. Will Smith ($36 million)

5. Tom Hanks ($35 million)

6. Ben Stiller ($34 million)

7. Robert Downey, Jr. ($31 million)

8. Mark Wahlberg ($28 million)

9. Tim Allen ($22 million)

10. Tom Cruise ($22 million)

11. Jim Carrey ($20 million)

12. Daniel Craig ($20 million)

13. Robert Pattinson ($20 million)

14. Brad Pitt ($20 million)

15. Matt Damon ($18 million)

Some people seem surprised at DiCaprio at #1, but I think that's somewhat reasonable given his star power (though he is leagues ahead of second place). Depp is also not a surprise, but whoa, hold on, Adam Sandler is #3? What's the last good Sandler comedy you've seen? I'm waiting...

A bit surprised to see Will Smith and Tom Hanks so high up, as they aren't in nearly as many projects as they have been in the past, but keep in mind, residuals from older films are included in this list as well. That explains why Tim Allen makes an appearance between Home Improvement reruns and his work on the TOY STORY series. In a normal movie I doubt Tim Allen costs much, but I bet he negotiated the hell out of Pixar for TOY STORY 3, considering the movie really couldn't be made without his iconic Buzz voice and Pixar has gobs of money to spare.

What else are you surprised to see on or not on here?

Extra Tidbit: Daniel Craig? Did they pre-pay him for a few more Bond films?
Source: Forbes

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6:12PM on 08/04/2011
That's what happens when the Pixar pimp rounds up his whores and decides to pay Timothy F***ing Allen 22 mil.
That's what happens when the Pixar pimp rounds up his whores and decides to pay Timothy F***ing Allen 22 mil.
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9:57AM on 08/04/2011

Don't Forget Commercials

Has anyone else noticed that Tim Allen is the voiceover for EVERY COMMERCIAL lately!
Has anyone else noticed that Tim Allen is the voiceover for EVERY COMMERCIAL lately!
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5:06AM on 08/04/2011
I'd like to see a list of the higest paid Writers side by side with this list. You know, the writers who create the entire story, pacing, structure, dialogue, pretty much the blueprint of the movie on which ALL the acting is hung.
Top actor 77 million, top writer 5 million.
Sounds fair.
I'd like to see a list of the higest paid Writers side by side with this list. You know, the writers who create the entire story, pacing, structure, dialogue, pretty much the blueprint of the movie on which ALL the acting is hung.
Top actor 77 million, top writer 5 million.
Sounds fair.
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3:34AM on 08/04/2011
This is all accumulated from project, to project right? Cause I honestly can't see any actor good or bad being worth 77 million dollars.
This is all accumulated from project, to project right? Cause I honestly can't see any actor good or bad being worth 77 million dollars.
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1:42AM on 08/04/2011
This makes me think of Dr.Evil in Goldmember whispering to Mini-Me: "LEO!"
This makes me think of Dr.Evil in Goldmember whispering to Mini-Me: "LEO!"
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11:02PM on 08/03/2011
No suprise with Leo. I guess taking a pay-cut from the beginning so Inception could retain the other actors and stay within budget paid off. He opted for a percentage of the profits. Smart man.
No suprise with Leo. I guess taking a pay-cut from the beginning so Inception could retain the other actors and stay within budget paid off. He opted for a percentage of the profits. Smart man.
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7:23PM on 08/03/2011

Tim Allen...?

(confused "ahuuuuh?" from Home Improvement)
(confused "ahuuuuh?" from Home Improvement)
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5:31PM on 08/03/2011

Tim Allen???

Did he even get out of bed this year??..Let alone do any acting?
Did he even get out of bed this year??..Let alone do any acting?
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5:33PM on 08/03/2011
Forgot about Toy Story 3 until I read the comment below mine where Tom Hanks was mentioned....
Forgot about Toy Story 3 until I read the comment below mine where Tom Hanks was mentioned....
5:04PM on 08/03/2011

The list shows the money PAID during that year

that's why you see for example Daniel Craig. He got paid for Girl With Dragon Tattoo and the new Bond movie (maybe also for Cowboys & Aliens and Dream House but I think he got paid for that the year before). Even so, to come back as Bond, they paid him double figures, as was Brosnan paid after a couple of them. Same reason why last year's list was dominated by Twilight actors, because they got paid for 2 or 3 of those movies in the same year. Depp is probably there just for Pirates 4 which in
that's why you see for example Daniel Craig. He got paid for Girl With Dragon Tattoo and the new Bond movie (maybe also for Cowboys & Aliens and Dream House but I think he got paid for that the year before). Even so, to come back as Bond, they paid him double figures, as was Brosnan paid after a couple of them. Same reason why last year's list was dominated by Twilight actors, because they got paid for 2 or 3 of those movies in the same year. Depp is probably there just for Pirates 4 which in itself very impressive. Tom Hanks is mostly Toy Story 3 and I guess whatever he got for Larry Crowne.

Also, concerning Sandler, you might not think he has done a funny movie in years (something I agree with) but his movies all gross over 100M (very consistant grosses) and he has a big hand in making his movies (produces them as well), so he gets paid handsomly.

The only one I'm surprised by is Matt Damon. He seems to always have 2 or 3 movies a year, and I taught he made close to 20M per movie.
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4:35PM on 08/03/2011
All of these people continue to churn out hit after hit. Adam Sandler gets paid a shitload because most of his films hit over $100 million. I'm glad Leo is number one.
All of these people continue to churn out hit after hit. Adam Sandler gets paid a shitload because most of his films hit over $100 million. I'm glad Leo is number one.
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4:15PM on 08/03/2011
A lot of list isnt surprising but i cant believe adam sandler gets that much per movie no wonder he does all these shit films. Im really surprised matt damon isnt higher on this list how does rob pattinson make more than him. And Tim Allen makes 22 million wtf. He doesnt even act anymore. Also kind of cool to see leo above johnny since they both starred in Whats Eating Gilbert Grape looks like leo is above him now ha!
A lot of list isnt surprising but i cant believe adam sandler gets that much per movie no wonder he does all these shit films. Im really surprised matt damon isnt higher on this list how does rob pattinson make more than him. And Tim Allen makes 22 million wtf. He doesnt even act anymore. Also kind of cool to see leo above johnny since they both starred in Whats Eating Gilbert Grape looks like leo is above him now ha!
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4:13PM on 08/03/2011

Tidbit

Craig has 4 movies in 2011. Cowboys/Aliens, Dream House, Tin Tin and Dragon Tattoo. Even if 2 of those started production last year, his salary still seems appropriate.
Craig has 4 movies in 2011. Cowboys/Aliens, Dream House, Tin Tin and Dragon Tattoo. Even if 2 of those started production last year, his salary still seems appropriate.
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4:05PM on 08/03/2011
for the confused, in the Forbes article, it mentions their calculations are from May 2010 to May 2011
for the confused, in the Forbes article, it mentions their calculations are from May 2010 to May 2011
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2:42PM on 08/03/2011
Yeah I'm a bit confused why Will Smith is on this list at all..unless he gets a percentage of whatever his kids make.
Yeah I'm a bit confused why Will Smith is on this list at all..unless he gets a percentage of whatever his kids make.
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5:32PM on 08/03/2011
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2:00PM on 08/03/2011
Sandler's latest films have him going to exotic places and beach resorts. Dude is being paid millions to go on vacation.
Sandler's latest films have him going to exotic places and beach resorts. Dude is being paid millions to go on vacation.
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1:47PM on 08/03/2011
Cruise should bump up a few more spots after MI:4. At least he's above Pattinson.
Cruise should bump up a few more spots after MI:4. At least he's above Pattinson.
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1:36PM on 08/03/2011
DiCaprio got a percentage of the gross on Inception. That's basically why.
DiCaprio got a percentage of the gross on Inception. That's basically why.
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1:32PM on 08/03/2011

Wahlberg? Pattinson? WTF!

R U KIDDING ME?! The racist, no talent Jewish kid from the Funky Bunch and the dude with uncombed hair from Twilight make that much? I need a career change.
R U KIDDING ME?! The racist, no talent Jewish kid from the Funky Bunch and the dude with uncombed hair from Twilight make that much? I need a career change.
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1:23PM on 08/03/2011

Sandler

Not bad for the "laziest actor in Hollywood." That's what one of the cameramen who worked on his last few movies said when I met him.

Thing is, per movie, Sandler's getting paid for acting and producing, not to mention his Happy Madison productions produces other things too.

Anything his names attached to will get him money. On top of that, no matter how shitty his movies are they make a ton and generally don't cost too much to make. The back-end must bring him in tons of cash.
Not bad for the "laziest actor in Hollywood." That's what one of the cameramen who worked on his last few movies said when I met him.

Thing is, per movie, Sandler's getting paid for acting and producing, not to mention his Happy Madison productions produces other things too.

Anything his names attached to will get him money. On top of that, no matter how shitty his movies are they make a ton and generally don't cost too much to make. The back-end must bring him in tons of cash.
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1:05PM on 08/03/2011

Not too surprising...

DiCaprio brings in big bucks, no question there. Adam Sandler on the other hand...his pay grade is gonna fall very quickly if he keeps this shit up.
DiCaprio brings in big bucks, no question there. Adam Sandler on the other hand...his pay grade is gonna fall very quickly if he keeps this shit up.
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12:58PM on 08/03/2011

There is something wrong...

...in the world today when Robert Pattinson makes $20 Million dollars a year for his "acting"...
...in the world today when Robert Pattinson makes $20 Million dollars a year for his "acting"...
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12:53PM on 08/03/2011

what?

I wasn't so much surprised to see these names because of their projects as much as I was surprised to see these names because of... WHAT PROJECTS?!

I really don't recall most of these actors being in much anything this year... did this start at Jan 2011 to now? I mean really... I'd like to see a list of what movies each of these actors did to get that much money
I wasn't so much surprised to see these names because of their projects as much as I was surprised to see these names because of... WHAT PROJECTS?!

I really don't recall most of these actors being in much anything this year... did this start at Jan 2011 to now? I mean really... I'd like to see a list of what movies each of these actors did to get that much money
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