Wawu: Will Smith was paid $40 million to star in King Richard, a new movie about Venus and Serena Williams’ father

Hollywood actor, Will Smith was paid a whooping $40 million to star in King Richard, a new movie about Venus and Serena Williams’ father

The movie was filmed in Los Angeles during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and prevented Smith from reprising his role as Deadshot in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.

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In a recent article by Variety detailing the biggest movie stars salaries for recent projects, it was revealed that Smith’s salary for his role in King Richard was $40 million. This figure is noticeably higher than the typical paycheck for a movie star in a big project, which currently sits at around $20 million.

Based on the Variety article, the only other actors to earn more than Smith are Dwayne Johnson and Daniel Craig, who tops out the list at $100 million for Knives Out 2 and 3.


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