Forbes has voted the 10 most powerful actors in the past 12 months. The top includes Johnny Depp, Leonardo di Caprio and Brad Pitt.
This year’s No. 1 is charming actor Johnny Depp. He is known to play strange and disordered characters that have a charming way of being. Just think about the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, the pirate Jack Sparrow in The Pirates of the Caribbean or the earlier Willy Wonka. This year, he has been the voice of animated character as well – Rango, the lizard.
At no. 2 Leonardo di Caprio can say he has earned the image of a Hollywood icon. His latest movies imply the maturity of a real professional. His latest big movies, Shutter Island and Inception demonstrated he is not the boy in the Titanic movie for a while now. Inception grossed 825 million dollars at the box office, ranking #6 in 2010.
No.3 is a very much loved comedy actor – Adam Sandler. He is also one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors. His latest movie, Grown Ups, got terrible reviews. Nevertheless, it earned 271 million at the box office. And the fans stick with him no matter the reviews.
Brad Pitt is at No.4 and he needs no presentation. Even though he hasn’t been on the big screen since 2009 when he starred in the movie “Inglorious Bastards”, he was the voice behind the animated character Metro Man in the animation Megamind by Dreamworks. In addition, he produced the movies Kick-Ass and Eat Pray Love in 2010.
At no.5 we find sparkling vampire Robert Pattinson who after the Twilight saga has starred in the romance Remember me that earned 56 million dollars (having a tiny budget of 16 million dollars). His latest movie, Water for Elephants was just released a few weeks ago and is much appreciated by the public.
No.6 is Tom Hanks hasn’t appeared on the big screen since Angels & Demons in 2009, but he has been the voice of the much loved Toy Story 3 character, Woody, the cowboy. Hanks is also a produce, his company, Playtone Productions being in charge of the TV series Big Love and Game Change.
The following positions are occupied by Will Smith at no.7, Tobert Downey Jr. at no.8, Ben Stiller at no.9 and Mark Wahlberg at no.10.