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Robert Downey Jr. cements his highest-paid actor status

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Actor Robert Downey Jr. rings the NYSE opening bell at New York Stock Exchange on April 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
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In case there was any doubt about Robert Downey Jr.’s success, the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” star has topped Forbes’ list of highest paid actors for the third year in a row. And if that weren’t enough, Downey’s impressive $80 million take between June 2014 and June 2015 is a sweet $30 million ahead of the list’s No. 2 earner, Jackie Chan ($50 million).

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So maybe if Downey is pulling down that kind of coin, he could be a little kinder to indie filmmakers looking to squeak by? Yeah, probably not.

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Rounding out the top five, by the way, are Vin Diesel ($47 million), Bradley Cooper ($41.5 million) and — somehow, mystifyingly — Adam Sandler ($41 million). I’d like to think that after “Pixels,” Sandler’s spot next year won’t be so prominent, but who am I kidding?

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