Forbes Magazine has just released their annual list of the most successful actors in Hollywood for 2011. Some of these actors on the list are inexplicably still successful after some recent disasters while others have made recent cinematic gold. There are a few excellent actors that unfortunately did not make the list even with a string of recent hits and critically acclaimed films. Where is Christian Bale, Matt Damon and Harry Potter? Maybe next year.
#10 Tom Cruise: $22 million
The poster boy for Hollywood Scientology has dropped to the tenth spot this year after topping the charts in earlier years. His latest blockbuster was last summers dreadful Knight & Day and he is hoping for yet another hit with his latest film Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol coming out this upcoming Christmas season. Very cool trailer with Eminem’s latest hit song but the film will surely be another convoluted mess. Watch the trailer here.
#9 Tim Allen $22 million
The ex-Tool Man is at number nine this year after his latest animated hit Toy Story 3 became the most popular film of 2010 and won numerous awards. Unfortunately his recent live action films have not fared as well with the ludicrous Crazy on the Outside and The Six Wives of Henry Lefay. If Allen can continue the Buzz Lightyear legacy and his upcoming return to TV is successful he will stay on this list for years. Tim Allen will next be starring in the upcoming ABC TV series The Last Days of Man.
#8 Mark Walhberg $28 million
Former Rapper and Calvin Klein model Mark Walhberg has evolved into a force to be reckoned with as both an Actor and Producer. With 2010’s widely popular biopic The Fighter along with the hit comedies The Other Guys and Date Night puts Mark Walhberg at number eight this year. Next up for Marky Mark Walhberg is Contraband with a release date set at March 16, 2012.
#7 Robert Downey Jr. $31 million
The Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. has been on a hot streak the last few years beginning with the hit films 2008’s Iron Man and Tropic Thunder followed by Sherlock Holmes and the followup Iron Man 2. Next up for Downey is the sequel Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows released December 16, 2011 and the much-anticipated spin-off to Iron Man, 2012’s The Avengers where he will reprise the role of Tony Stark.
#6 Ben Stiller $34 million
Ben Stiller’s career has been hit or miss lately. His latest indie hit Greenberg barely made a notice while the abysmal Little Fockers was a monster hit. This triple threat Actor, Producer and Director makes it in at number six. Stiller’s next film will be the comedy Tower Heist along with Eddie Murphy and 2012’s Madagascar 3. Watch the hilarious trailer to Tower Heist below with a release date set at November 4, 2011.
#5 Tom Hanks $35 million
Coming in at number five is the always outstanding Tom Hanks, animated star of Toy Story 3 and the recent critical failure Larry Crowne where he directed himself co-starring Julia Roberts. Another triple threat actor, Hanks will more than likely have another hit with the upcoming Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on November 30, 2011. Hopefully the rumors of a long-awaited sequel to his Oscar-winning role Forrest Gump turn out to be true.
#4 Will Smith $36 million
The former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has not made a hit film since 2008’s Seven Pounds and Hancock. He will make his long-awaited return to the big screen with an upcoming conclusion to his most popular trilogy of films with Men in Black 3 and Bad Boys 3 both with a release date set for summer 2012. No teaser trailer just yet however watch the trailer to his outstanding 2008 drama Seven Pounds.
#3 Adam Sandler $40 million
The king of the goofy screwball comedy Adam Sandler makes it at number three this year after the release of the widely popular but moronic Grown Ups from last summer and this years ridiculous Zookeeper. Next up for Sandler is Jack and Jill where he will play dual roles as rival siblings one of which is an obnoxious and needy sister. Good luck with that Sandler. Watch the trailer below which looks like yet another goofy brain-dead comedy which is sure to be a huge hit among his target audience.
#2 Johnny Depp $50 million
The most eccentric actor on the list who can play anything from a drunken pirate to a 70’s cocaine kingpin, a singing psychopath and everything in between. His latest fourth installment to the beloved Pirates franchise was one of this summers biggest hits. His upcoming film projects include another Hunter S. Thompson inspired character in The Rum Diary and a return to his TV roots in the big screen adaptation to the 80’s teen crime hit 21 Jump Street. The release date for The Rum Diary is October 28, 2011 while 21 Jump Street will be released March 16, 2012.
#1 Leonardo DiCaprio $77 million
The most successful actor in Hollywood and one of the most talented coming in at number one is none other than Leonardo DiCaprio. Star of last years outstanding films Inception and Shutter Island will next be seen in a controversial biopic on notorious former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover directed by Clint Eastwood which will be released October 21, 2011.
2012 will be another big year for DiCaprio as the title character in the remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and in Quentin Tarantino’s highly controversial Django Unchained where he will portray a ruthless plantation owner in the deep south during the Civil War slave era.
Little Fockers (2010) (no stars)
Why didn’t they name it, Meet the Little Fockers, or Meet the Parents 3, or I would have even accepted Revenge of the Fockers. But with a name like Little Fockers, you would expect that the third entry in the Meet the Parents series was going to focus on Greg Fockers zany little kids. The Little Fockers that the title implies are barely in this crapfest of a movie. What we do get is 98 minutes of lame dick and fart jokes. Did Jay and Silent Bob do an uncredited rewrite?
You wanna know how bad this movie is? The only line of dialogue mentioned by the “Little Fockers” that even somewhat resembles a punchline to a half assed joke is: “Can girls poop out of their vagina?” If that is what passes as comedy these days than I give up. The funniest thing in this movie was Sustengo, the name of the inane plot device brand of sex pills that Greg starts to sell.
The fact that talented veterans like Harvey Keitel, Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand phoned in their awful performances simply for the paycheck shows just how bad this series has become.
Two disturbing facts about this awful movie that I truly cannot comprehend; 1. They wasted $100 million dollars creating this travesty and 2. It made over three times its budget back in the $300 million range. WOW!
Bring on Meet the Little Fockers 4!
p.s. Jessica Alba won the 2011 Razzie award for Worst Supporting actress for this film in what is surely her worst film to date.
Little Fockers (2010) (no stars)
I think it was supposed to be a Comedy but I’m not sure???
Directed by Paul Weitz
Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Jessica Alba, Owen Wilson, Teri Polo