I love lists. And surveys and questionnaires. Doesn't everyone? So imagine how happy I was to see that Forbes magazine, well known for its lists, recently published their newest list, the Forbes Star Currency survey, an exclusive look at what the business side of Hollywood really thinks of more than 1,400 working actors when it comes to ensuring the financial success of film projects. Fourteen hundred. One thousand four hundred. That's a lot of working actors they were asked to comment on.
The Forbes Star Currency survey was sent to entertainment industry members globally, asking them to use a provided scale in ranking those 1,400-plus actors as individuals on a range of attributes regarding their participation in a film, including the actor's ability to attract significant financing to a project with their involvement; if their presence guarantees theatrical distribution; if they significantly drive theatrical box office performance; and if their involvement is an essential component in securing rights deals for revenue streams including DVD, pay/free TV, etc.
Members of the entertainment industry ranked Will Smith No. 1 on the survey. I guess that's not a big surprise. But in scrolling down that list I note that the first under-30 actor represented was Shia LeBeouf, who at age 22 placed 33rd. That's certainly a nice feather. Scrolling further down the list the next under-30, Keira Knightly, places 42nd.
The third under-30 on the Forbes list comes in at number 52.
On a list of over 1,400 working actors. Well color me IMPRESSED!
The complete Star Currency Rank from Forbes.
Pictures from the complete Star Photo Bank.