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19 of the highest-paid movie roles of all time, including $100 million for a single film

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  Actors don't get paid like they used to, but some can still
  negotiate huge deals.
  
  Actors like Will Smith and Ryan Reynolds have struck big with
  Netflix movies.
  
  Robert Downey Jr. was the highest-paid actor of the Marvel
  Cinematic Universe by far.
  
  
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    Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
  

  It's rare for actors to rake in huge salaries today, at least
  compared to the days when audiences were drawn to a movie
  primarily based on its leading star.

  Years ago, if a certain actor's name were attached to a movie, it
  was almost a guaranteed success. Stars like Will Smith, Tom
  Cruise, and Jim Carrey were paid big bucks in the 1990s because
  they attracted a crowd.

  For instance, Carrey was paid $20 million -
  a rarity today - for "The Cable Guy" in 1996, because it was
  expected that he could deliver a $20 million opening weekend at
  least.

  Now, audiences are more attracted to a franchise than a star. The
  Marvel Cinematic Universe, for instance, dominates the box office
  (to be fair, Robert Downey Jr, who played Iron Man, made bank off
  of those movies).

  But some big name actors have the recognition and leverage to
  still strike gigantic deals, 
  especially with Netflix. Ryan Reynolds made $27 million for
  his Netflix movie, "Six Underground," according to Variety. Variety has also
  reported that Will Smith is 
  expected to earn $35 million for the "Bright" sequel that's
  in the works.

  Business Insider ranked the highest-paid movie roles of all time.
  Some actors - like Smith, Johnny Depp, and Tom Hanks - appear
  multiple times. 

  Below are 19 of the highest paid movie roles of all time,
  ranked:

  • Actors don't get paid like they used to, but some can still negotiate huge deals.
  • Actors like Will Smith and Ryan Reynolds have struck big with Netflix movies.
  • Robert Downey Jr. was the highest-paid actor of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by far.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

It's rare for actors to rake in huge salaries today, at least compared to the days when audiences were drawn to a movie primarily based on its leading star.

Years ago, if a certain actor's name were attached to a movie, it was almost a guaranteed success. Stars like Will Smith, Tom Cruise, and Jim Carrey were paid big bucks in the 1990s because they attracted a crowd.

For instance, Carrey was paid $20 million - a rarity today - for "The Cable Guy" in 1996, because it was expected that he could deliver a $20 million opening weekend at least.

Now, audiences are more attracted to a franchise than a star. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, for instance, dominates the box office (to be fair, Robert Downey Jr, who played Iron Man, made bank off of those movies).

But some big name actors have the recognition and leverage to still strike gigantic deals, especially with Netflix. Ryan Reynolds made $27 million for his Netflix movie, "Six Underground," according to Variety. Variety has also reported that Will Smith is expected to earn $35 million for the "Bright" sequel that's in the works.

Business Insider ranked the highest-paid movie roles of all time. Some actors - like Smith, Johnny Depp, and Tom Hanks - appear multiple times.

Below are 19 of the highest paid movie roles of all time, ranked:

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