Hollywood's most valuable actor? Robert Downey Jr., of course!
Robert Downey Jr. is the most valuable movie star in Hollywood, combining box-office success in both action films and comedies with wide critical acclaim, audience likeability and studio-head bankability, according to Vulture's latest study. The “Iron Man” star’s Hollywood supremacy is the result of a recent, rather in-depth statistical study. While it may sound complicated, we're here to break it down for you.
Vulture, with the help of The Guardian’s statistician Harry Enten, set eight categories with which to quantify a star’s Hollywood value. This includes studio value (five top studio heads were asked who they’d cast with a sure-fire script in hand), which was given the lion’s share of importance in the calculations, but the study also factored in box-office numbers, Oscar wins and nominations, critics’ score based on Metacritic and appeareances on magazine covers.
While Downey Jr. takes the top spot, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington and Brad Pitt round out the top five. (The highest ranking woman is Angelina Jolie, who comes in at No. 8 on Vulture’s list.) But it’s Will Smith who reigns supreme as the most likeable actor in Hollywood, according to Vulture’s audience polls, and he’s also the most consistent international moneymaker.
There are a few oddities in the rankings though. The relatively new Jennifer Lawrence is only 21 years old, but she managed to snag the No. 16 spot thanks to her brilliant mix of critically acclaimed films and box-office hits. “Winter’s Bone” earned her an Oscar nomination. “X-Men: First Class” and “The Hunger Games” put her in good graces with studio heads, affirmed her presence as a major box-office draw, and gave her two blockbuster series’ to bank on for years to come.
While Downey Jr. may not be the most respected actor in Hollywood (that’s Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep territory), the most likeable or even the most bankable, he’s still No. 1 when stats are crunched and polls are taken. The numbers don’t lie.