Robert Downey Jr. Tops The List Again | Forbes
"Downey reigns as the highest paid man in Hollywood because at this point, it would be incredibly difficult for Marvel to continue making Iron Man and Avengers films without him. Marvel movies starring Downey have earned almost $4 billion at the global box office and millions more on home video, not to mention the millions the movies have generated in merchandise.
We talk to producers, lawyers, agents and other in-the-know folks to compile our earnings which account for entertainment-related income … Disney, which owns Marvel, wants to keep that gravy train going for as long as it can and like it or not, that means paying Downey whatever he demands. The actor coyly held out during negotiations for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and secured more money than ever upfront for the film. The movie is sure to be a huge hit and he’ll earn even more on the back end.
Downey’s Hollywood clout (he ranks 10th overall on our Celebrity 100 list which measures a mix of money and fame) has given him the power to get smaller, more personal movies made too. He helped his friend Jon Favreau get the film Chef produced and appeared in a memorably cameo in the movie. Chef has earned $25 million so far at the global box office, not bad for a tiny film.”
(It IS pretty cute — it’s like your favorite auntie rushing at you to pinch your cheeks…)