Last week we reported that EMMA STONE was the highest paid actress. This week we find out the highest paid actor.
This may or may not come as a shock but, MARK WAHLBERG is now the highest paid actor in the WORLD. He raked in $68 million over the past 12 months. That includes money from movies like “Daddy’s Home 2” and “Transformers: The Last Knight” . . . as well as his A&E reality show “Wahlburgers”, and his AT&T ads. DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’ JOHNSON is a close second with $65 million.
Here is the top 10:
1. Mark Wahlberg, $68 million
2. The Rock, $65 million
3. Vin Diesel, $54.5 million
4. Adam Sandler, $50.5 million
5. Jackie Chan, $49 million . . . mostly from the Chinese box office
6. Robert Downey Jr., $48 million
7. Tom Cruise, $43 million
8. Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, $38 million
9. Bollywood actor Salman Khan, $37 million
10. Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, $35.5 million
Speaking of money making, a report on TV salaries shows that the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” will earn SEVEN TIMES more than the main cast of “Game of Thrones” this year.
The show’s five biggest stars . . . Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and Jim Parsons . . . are making $900,000 per episode, which works out to $21.6 million per season EACH. Also, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch got bumped up to $500,000 per episode, which is $12 million a season.
But the five biggest cast members on “Game of Thrones” . . . Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, and Lena Headey . . . are ‘just’ making $500,000 per episode, and since there were only seven episodes, that’s a measly $3.5 million per season.
There’s a Joker movie in the works, but it won’t star JARED LETO. This one would tell the Joker’s origin story, and it would be set in Gotham City in the early ’80s. They’re trying to get Todd Phillips to write and possibly direct. He’s got a successful track list . . . in COMEDY.
In the new season of “American Horror Story,” SARAH PAULSON plays a woman so distraught over the 2016 election that she starts seeing clowns everywhere. And EVAN PETERS plays an unhinged TRUMP supporter who tries to send her over the edge.
Twisty the Clown from “American Horror Story: Freak Show” even returns. Sort of. As Kai says in the trailer . . . “If you get people scared enough, they will set the world on fire.”