When a movie star asks for $20 million for a movie, does he really get that in his bank account?
No. They get only a fraction of that, actually. But do not rend your garments on behalf of the A-listers, for, as any good Answer B!tch fan knows, stars still take home enough cash to pay for roughly three personal assistants, at least three homes, three nannies per every one of their children and a spiked collar for the publicist.
Let's turn to an example. Robert Downey Jr.'s latest asking price per film is now a reported $12.5 million. Let's just assume that's what he'll get for appearing in Iron Man 2.
Of that $12.5 million, exactly how much will Downey Jr. get to keep in walking-around money? It goes like this: