Forbes names Johnny Depp Hollywood’s highest-paid actor

Thanks to his role as the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Johnny Depp earned the top spot on Forbes Magazine’s list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors. “Before 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean, no one would have pegged Johnny Depp to become the highest-paid actor in Hollywood,” writes Dorothy Pomerantz of Forbes, “[b]ut it turns out mixing Depp’s oddball performance tendencies with a big-budget Disney concept is a recipe for success.” Pomerantz notes that the three Pirates movies earned $2.7 billion worldwide, and Alice in Wonderland has brought in $1 billion at the box office. JD’s “ability to almost guarantee a big box office . . . means studios are willing to pay whatever it takes to get a bit of the Depp magic,” writes Pomerantz. “Between June 2009 and June 2010, Depp was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, earning a total $75 million.” Congratulations!

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