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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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