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No wonder he's smiling all the goddamn time! has confirmed that he raked in a whopping $50 million for The Avengers. Ka-chinggg!

There were reports after the movie's 2012 release that the 48-year-old actor's paycheck could be close to that amount, factoring in both box office business and the specifics of his contract with Marvel.

But, when asked about the renumeration in a recent interview with GQ, RDJ confirmed that everything he touches on the screen turns to gold, by stating:

Yeah. Isn't that crazy? They're so pissed. I can't believe it. I'm what's known as 'a strategic cost.'

That's $50 million for about 40 minutes of screen time.

Marvel, long known for being tight-fisted about actors' salaries, had to pay Downey what he wanted because he really is a strategic cost; his participation in the movie directly brought people to the theaters and help the studio pocket that 1.5 billion big ones.

Yes, we all know he's freakin' awesome. But is RDJ really worth it? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Downey Jr returns as Tony Stark in 's Iron Man 3, which hits theaters May 3rd.


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