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Saturday 21 October 2017

Iron Man turns to gold for Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr. Photo: Getty Images
Robert Downey Jr. Photo: Getty Images

Nick Allen in Los Angeles

ROBERT Downey Jr (left) will earn $50m (e39m) from the recently released blockbuster 'Marvel Avengers Assemble', in one of Hollywood's biggest acting paydays.

The 47-year-old actor's enormous salary for playing the superhero 'Iron Man' is around 10 times higher than the amounts received by any of his five co-stars in the film, who include Samuel L Jackson and Scarlett Johansson.

The comic book film has been a huge global box office hit, grossing more than $1bn (€786m), and is on course to become the third most successful film of all time behind 'Avatar' and 'Titanic'.

Executives at Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney, had faced a challenge to keep costs down as some of the superhero characters had already been played by the same actors in other films. That meant relatively low salaries of between $2m (E1.5m) and $3m (E2.3m) were given to stars Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk).

Mr Jackson (Nick Fury) and Ms Johansson (The Black Widow) took home about twice that.

Mr Downey Jr's massive slice of profits from 'The Avengers' was due to a deal he signed after the success of his film 'Iron Man' in 2008. His deal with the studio was negotiated to include him being paid a percentage, reportedly 5pc or higher, of the box office take for any future movie in which he played the character. (© Daily Telegraph, London).

Irish Independent

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