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Will Smith is The Most Bankable Star in Hollywood

Updated on March 8, 2011

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The Most Bankable Star in Hollywood

According to Forbes, the financial magazine, Will Smith has been rated number one and is the most bankable star in Hollywood. He is the only entertainer to score a perfect 10.

An article in amNew York describes how this ranking is done. Forbes introduced its most comprehensive entertainment list with a database which ranks more than 1,400 actors. This database is known as "Star Currency."

This Star Currency database attempts to measure which actors bring the most value to their movie. Only Will Smith rated number one with several other entertainers tied at 2nd place.

The project manager at Forbes said they took a look at the actor's impact on the life of a film. About 1,500 industry insiders ranked the stars by their ability to attract financing for a movie, how much they drive box-office revenue, and their ability to attract other top talent.

It's important to note that the US film industry is worldwide. Will Smith's film "Hancock" made more than $624.4 million worldwide.

Hollywood has also ranked its players and Will Smith is its MVA: Most Valuable Actor. He was also number one in the "RollingOut" list of 13 people making money in Hollywood today despite this deep recession.

Will Smith is not just an actor. I would decribe his name now as a brand. He started out as a successful rapper and established himself with Jazzy Jeff before he went on to star in a popular TV sitcom - "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." In addition to starring in movies, he now produces a TV show and also produces movies.

It seems that the people most successful in entertainment and elsewhere know that in this economy you have to have streams of income as well as some control over your income. Will Smith can best be described as a businessman which goes a long way in explaining his extraordinary success and staying power. It seems he has no fear of branching out and does so successfully.

I admit that I do respond to his 'Name.' When he did "Independence Day" and "MIB" (1 and 2), I did go to the movies. I like special effects and for me, it must be viewed on the big screen. Same thing with "I Am Legend." Again, it had special effects and I could look at Will Smith in a movie where he was practically the only character - for most of the movie.

In "Six Degrees of Separation," I was impressed with a different kind of Will Smith. In the role of pretending to be Sidney Poitier's son, he played the character flawlessly. His recent film, "Seven Pounds" was also quite engaging and if it was not him starring in this unusual film - I wouldn't have bothered to see the movie.

I suspect his clean living type of persona and ability to interview well goes a long way towards putting him on top.

Congratulations Will Smith!

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    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much Heart Felt Book - for writing and then keeping me up to date. I am so glad I am your follower!

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      Cheri Taylor 

      7 years ago from New York, NY

      I love will smith.. so much. He is my idol and I love how he leads by example.. He is being voted for celebrity coach with Ipec Coaching.. Fantastic !I think he should win.This is a great hub. Voted up

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I tell you theherbivorehippi - Will Smith surprised me too. I kinda figured a nice fresh young rapper, and that would be it - and he never looked back. He totally floored me in 'six degrees of separation.'

      Hey, more power to him!

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      theherbivorehippi 

      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      He is by far one of the most talented actors! I loved him from the beginning as the Fresh Prince and often thought he would have to be a stereotypical funny guy but proved me wrong when he played his serious roles. Bad boys and Hitch have to be my favorite roles of his....ooooh or maybe Pursuit of Happiness....but then 7 seconds was good too..lol I feel like I need a rainy day of a Will Smith movie marathon!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you Ann Nonymous - I'm enjoying your hubs by the way!

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      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      I loved his acting in Fresh Prince, laughed with him in MIB and cried with him in Pursuit of Happiness. I know there are those out there that do not like him, but I think as far as actors go he is incredibly gifted. Great hub, BKCreative!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I've had some wonderful pizza here in BK - for sure - so many different kinds! I never have to leave BK in search of pizza!

      Thanks so much for writing the advice man - glad you liked the hub!

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      Ray R. Librandi 

      8 years ago from Central Va., U.S.A.

      Hey BK, I am in total agreement with you. I count Will Smith as one of my favorite actors. The only thing that could possibly back fire on him is to hook up with those "Scientology" kooks and loose all his credibility. Kudos on an informative and entertaining hub. From one New Yorker to another: Brooklyn makes the best pizza on the planet.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks prettydarkhorse. I like the term bankable - and Will Smith understands the concept by using all his skills, interviewing well, and having a clean image.

      Weather? It's raining and in the 40's! We survived the painful wind chills making it 8 degrees here in NYC. Yikes!

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi BK, I finally read this one, bankable yes, and good actor too, hmmm, hope weather isnt too bad there, stay safe and warm BK< take care, maita

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I agree justmesuzanne. I think we do actually like someone that can offer up a clean living lifestyle. No, we don't truly worship the druggies, and the nasty divorces and the worst in human nature.

      He is versatile.

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      justmesuzanne 

      9 years ago from Texas

      I really like Will Smith. I just watched I Robot for about the 5th time. Love that movie. And Will Smith is so versatile with so many other excellent movies under his belt. It's easy to see why he is considered bankable! :)

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