It took Ryan Reynolds a while to make it to the top of the A-list, but now that he’s climbed to the peak of the mountain, he’s not coming down for a long time. As well as his various extracurricular activities that span marketing, gin and now a soccer team, the 44 year-old is also one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, second to only his new BFF Dwayne Johnson.
A lot of that has to do with the success of the Deadpool franchise, of course, because prior to the Merc with a Mouth’s solo debut finally escaping development hell in 2016, the biggest live-action box office hit of his career was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in which he played a bit part and took tenth billing in the credits.
The irreverent comic book blockbuster proved that Reynolds was a hugely creative and influential presence on both sides of the camera having produced, starred and been heavily involved with the script, and that sort of oversight has now become a standard part of his contracts on virtually all of the dozen projects he’s got in development.
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Of course, it’s also led to him being able to demand higher salaries and insider Daniel Richtman is claiming that the leading man is set to pocket $20 million for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Deadpool 3, which if anything sounds a little on the low side. After all, he picked up $27 million for Netflix’s 6 Underground and a further $20 million for the streamer’s Red Notice, neither of which had the benefit of back-end deals and profit participation clauses based on box office returns.
It’s still a far cry from the first Deadpool movie, though, where Reynolds was paid an upfront salary of $2 million, but he wound up going home with a lot more in bonuses after the R-rated romp hauled in over $780 million globally. In any case, the MCU’s stars always get the biggest paychecks looking at the annual list of the highest-paid names, and it seems it’ll be no different when Wade Wilson returns.