The 10 Highest Paid Actors of 2017
Being a working actor is a great gig if you can get it but the perks of being an A-lister are beyond compare. You are constantly surrounded by beautiful people, you get to travel the world, and of course, you get to make lots and lots of money.
To get a good idea of how much these actors can truly make, we have compiled this list of the ten highest paid actors of 2017. Check out the list of international stars and see if your favorites made the cut.
10 – 8. Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, and Shah Rukh Khan – $110.5 Million Combined
Unless you are a true international cinephile, then you may not have heard of numbers ten through eight, but they are the three highest paid actors in the Indian film industry that is Bollywood.
Akshay Kumar is best known for appearing in several 2017 films including Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Crack while he is currently filming two other movies, Gold, and Padmanconcurrently.
Salman Khan makes a lot of money because he stars in a lot of movies. This year alone he has starred in several films including Judwaa 2 in addition to many voice-over roles. He one-ups Akshay Kumar by currently filming four movies concurrently.
Number eight is actor and shrewd businessman Shah Rukh Khan. With just about every movie he works on, he gets paid both up front as well as getting a cut of the total profit once the project wraps. He will get the same deal for the three projects that he is currently filming which will be released through 2019.
7. Tom Cruise – $43 Million
The fact that Tom Cruise is on this list probably isn’t a surprise to anyone, after all, the guy is a bonafide movie star. Just this year he got big paychecks for starring in The Mummy and American Made, and September will see the release of the sequel to Edge of Tomorrow. He also has paychecks for upcoming films Mission Impossible 6 and Top Gun: Maverick.
6. Robert Downey Jr. – $48 Million
Ever since his return to fame, Robert Downey Jr. has been making a fortune off of the movie business. He has a couple of films in the works including a new Sherlock Holmes film, but the majority of his money comes from his superhero movies.
He is in just about every Marvel movie to date and part of his agreement to star in Captain America: Civil War was that he earned a share of the total profit which means that he makes money every time a blu-ray copy of that movie is sold.
5. Jackie Chan – $49 Million
Jackie Chan is one of the biggest stars in the world with two movies, Kung Fu Yoga and Bleeding Steel, taking in big money in China. He has also been busy in America. You may not have seen his face in many movies this year, but he has offered his voice to several films including voicing characters in The Nut Job 2 and The Lego Ninjago Movie.
4. Adam Sandler – $50.5 Million
For many years, funnyman Adam Sandler has been a reliable box office draw for American audiences. He hasn’t had a film in theaters in a while, but that is only because he is making mucho bucks elsewhere. This year he renewed a multi-million dollar four-film deal with Netflix, and he is currently filming the sequel Hotel Transylvania 3.
3. Vin Diesel – $54.5 Million
Over the years, Vin Diesel has been building quite the career, and in 2017 it is really paying off. In addition to starring in The Fate of the Furious and xXx: Return of Xander Cage, he also is lending his voice to a ride Disney’s California Adventure.
His biggest money maker is lending his voice to the character Groot who appears in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War. Not a bad paycheck for playing a character that only says one word.
2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – $65 Million
Dwayne Johnson has become quite the star over the years, and that is why he is the second highest paid actor of the year. Even without a Fast and Furious film, the actor has been quite busy. He lent his voice to the animated film Moana and is currently producing a number of high profile films including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the disaster film Skyscraper.
1. Mark Wahlberg – $68 Million
It shouldn’t be too surprising to learn that Mark Wahlberg is the most highly paid actor of the year. In addition to being in multiple releases this year including Transformers: The Last Knight, Daddy’s Home 2 and December’s All the Money in the World, the actor is also the face of AT&T’s marketing campaign and is the producer of successful television shows including Ballers.
Not too bad for the former rapper known as Marky Mark.
The 5 Most Interesting Revelations From The JFK Files So Far
The 2,891 documents released reveal a lot of information about the events leading up to the event and what transpired after while also covering the assassination itself.
Here are some of the most revealing aspects of the new information.
1. Someone else may have known about the assassination before it occurred.
According to the new documents, an anonymous caller contacted a British newspaper approximately 25 minutes before Kennedy’s death and gave a tip about “some big news” that was about to go down in America.
According to a memo from FBI director J. Edgar Hoover: “The caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news and then hung up.”
Lawyer Michael Eddowes believes that the caller was a Soviet agent named Albert Osborne who was a friend of Lee Harvey Oswald. Eddowes’ theory is that the call was made because “the Soviet Union was eager that the assassination should be seen as a conspiracy.”
2. Documents suggest that Kennedy took part in sex parties.
Before Kennedy was President, but while he was still a senator, private detective Fred Otash interviewed a “high-class Hollywood call girl” named Sue Young in an effort to dig up dirt on him.
During their conversations, Otash asked her about her attendance at sex parties with Senator Kennedy, but Young said that she had “no knowledge of such activities.” When he wasn’t getting anywhere, Otash then asked Young to reach out to Kennedy to try and get him to make “indiscreet statements,” but she didn’t bite.
The detective implied that he was working for a magazine that was looking for dirt on Kennedy prior to the 1960 election.
3. A man bet on Kennedy’s death a week earlier
Robert C. Rawls was sitting in a New Orleans bar when he overheard a conversation between two men. His ears perked up when he heard one of them bet the other $100 that Kennedy would be dead within the next three weeks. This according to a memo released by a secret service agent that later interviewed Rawls.
Of course, Rawls paid little attention to the man thinking that he was probably drunk, but when the bet came true, he was understandably disturbed.
The man who made the bet was never identified.
4. The Soviets were incredibly worried about getting the blame.
After the events took place, the Soviet Union was in full panic mode believing that they would be the recipients of a nuclear strike if blamed for the assassination. They thought that the U.S. might believe that they put Lee Harvey Oswald up to the task.
Of course, that strike never occurred, but Russians officials were so worried that they even hired spies to get the full story on what kind of person Lyndon B. Johnson was so they could use any dirt they found to protect themselves.
This certainly fed into one of the conspiracy theories that Johnson was so hellbent on becoming president that he was part of the plan to assassinate JFK.
The soviet union later disowned Oswald, calling him a “neurotic madman who was disloyal to his own country and everything else.”
5. The FBI received a death threat for Lee Harvey Oswald the day before his murder.
After Kennedy’s murder, but before Oswald’s, the FBI received a call from an unknown source who “spoke in a calm voice” while he told the agent that he would personally be killing Oswald.
Many people might think that it was Jack Ruby who made the phone call since was the one who did end up killing Oswald, but Ruby, who says that he acted alone, states that he did not make the call to the FBI that day.