Forbes just released its list of Hollywood’s “most valuable actors,” ranking 100 marquee names on their “star currency,” an approximate hybrid of an actor’s global earning power and star power. To the shock of no one, Will Smith tops the list — he’s a combo of box office gold (his films have brought in more than $5.2 billion worldwide) and substantive talent. The rest of the top 10 is similarly snazzypants: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson.
Anywhozle, Will Ferrell (15th) edged out both Meryl Streep (16th) and Robert De Niro (17th). I have to admit, I was a little surprised to see Vince Vaughn in the respectable number-32 spot, until I found out that Four Christmases out-grossed Tropic Thunder, which…made me confused for different reasons. The Rock and Ashton Kutcher tied for 73rd, just beating out Philip Seymour Hoffman in 74th.
You can read the top 100 and marvel at the global economy here. And then let us know whether you think Will Smith and company are really all Forbes claims they’re cracked up to be.
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