Hollywood actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp are the highest paid male actors in the business, according to the Forbes Top. Depp topped the list last year, but this time he drops to second place. The new No.1 is Leo DiCaprio, who made an impressive jump from the 5th to 1st place this year.
Over the last 12 months Johnny Depp has earned 50 million dollars. This is not bad at all, but considering that last year he earned 75 million dollars, it is only natural that he would fall from the No.1 spot in the Forbes Highest paid actors list.
Leonardo DiCaprio cashed in 77 million dollars from May 2010 to May 2011. His highest paid roles in the past years were the ones in the movies “Shutter Island” and “Inception”, from which he gained a total sum of 1.2 billion dollars.
Both actors had a promising start at the beginning of their careers, but they both turned down the more commercial roles that would have brought them the immediate success. Depp started with the TV show “21 Jump Street” which brought him the fame, but did not settle for action hero roles. Instead, he cared more about choosing characters he could shape. His work has been rewarded with the first movie in the franchise “The Pirates of the Caribbean”, where he became Captain Jack Sparrow.
Leonardo DiCaprio has starred in several roles as a teenager before landing the role in the movie that made him famous: Titanic. Like Depp, instead of going for the superhero roles, or choosing the romantic comedies, he opted for working with great directors, such as Danny Boyle (“The Beach”), Martin Scorsese (“Gangs of New York”) and Steven Spielberg (“Catch Me If you can”).
The Top five of the highest paid actors also includes Adam Sandler, Will Smith and Tom Hanks.