$50 million payday for Robert Downey from "Avengers" movie

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  1. MutteringJohn

    MutteringJohn Well-Known Member

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    When Marvel's superhero flick "The Avengers" conquered the box office last summer, Robert Downey Jr. reportedly saw a supersized check -- $50 million by some estimates -- for services rendered.
    You can stop guessing. The man who plays Tony "Iron Man" Stark is confirming the amount he made in backend profit from Joss Whedon's epic film, thanks to his overall deal with Marvel Studios.
    In a new issue of GQ, which features Downey on the cover, the interviewer comes right out and asks the actor if the astronomical number is accurate.
    "Yeah ... isn’t that crazy?†he says. “They’re so pissed. I can’t believe it. I’m what’s known as ‘a strategic cost.’"
    It's a pricey strategy, but a solid one. Downey's "Iron Man" films have been hits at home and internationally, not to mention they single-handedly revived his nearly disintegrated personal brand.
    While Downey already has a platinum bank account, he's looking for Oscar gold. He's twice been nominated for the Academy Award, but counts no wins.
    "I, personally, would be shocked if we went to the end of the tape now and I didn’t have at least one ... because I’m young enough, and I’m running down being occupied with these kind of genre movies, close enough," he says in the May issue.
    "Look, even if I don’t get one directly, eventually they’re just going to have to give me one when I get old. So no matter how you slice it, I’m getting one," he concludes.
    We'd call him cocky, but Downey Jr. is a safe bet these days. Congrats in advance?
    "Iron Man 3," costarring Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle, opens May 3.
     
  2. Kilroy

    Kilroy Well-Known Member

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    He deserves every penny. He's great.
     
  3. racerx

    racerx New Member

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    thats like 50 dollars
     
  4. cah155

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    Lordy that's a good payday
     
  5. RumBalls

    RumBalls The original RumBalls, est. Jan 16, 2012

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    Clearly his employer doesn't respect him like Howard's. ...only 50 million?
     
  6. Woof

    Woof Liver Shots? VIP

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    Now his 'Lawyers/Agents' know how to bargain/write a deal/contract.......Ha.
     
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    If he was a Partner then maybe he would have gotten more.
     
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    TaTa Toothy New Member

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    I bet he showed up more than 3 days a week to shoot The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
     
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    IlluminatiJones New Member

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    I feel as happy for Robert Downey Jr. getting paid as I do for Howard losing his appeal.

    :)
     
  10. sstressed

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    i just watched the avengers again this weekend. lots of fun!

    some good laughs.
     
  11. Lance Murdock

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    I heard a rumor he is planning a suit because the term "back end profit" was ambiguous.
     
  12. markluke

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    Amazing actor, and worth every cent. Looks like he's conquered his demons - or at least put them aside.

    Can't believe that Chaplin is over 20 years old now.
     
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    gridlockd Well-Known Member

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    And yet the wouldn't pay Terrance Howard. Bastards.
     
  14. MobyDick

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    Howard should learn by example... be talented, put in a lot of hard work, be creative, be a team player and be showered with fame and fortune. You don't see Robert Downey, Jr. being miserable at home, trying to nickel and dime people on old contracts and complaining to his friends daily... it's on to the next thing.
     
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    MobyDick Well-Known Member

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    The Marvel Movie Universe is a lot bigger and better than Terrance Howard and Edward Norton. So far neither are missed.
     
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    FlaFlaFlunkie Fabulous!

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    That film grossed $1,511,757,910

    So (I suck at math) is $50 million 0.03% of that?
     
  17. Robert Higgins

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    What a horrible interview. No question about his big thick beer can cock?

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  18. dexterdog

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    Imagine how much blow that would buy...
     
  19. newcastlefan

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    he's the real personality in the avenger and iron man movies. without him, they would have done as well at the box office as Thor. his participation has created another Batman movie series phenomenon. he deserves the money and the award.