Monday, May 2, 2011

Jaden Smith becomes highest paid Hollywood child star after raking in $3m for The Karate Kid

By Paul Thompson

Actor Will Smith's son has become the highest paid child star in Hollywood - earning a staggering £2m from his role in The Karate Kid.

Although just 12 years old, Jaden Smith received the bumper pay day thanks to the box office success of the film.

He was paid a reported salary of $1m (£600,000) as an 'up front' fee to star in a remake of the 1984 movie.

It was only the young actor's third film, but his first starring role alongside Jackie Chan.

According to celebrity website TMZ his management had also negotiated a share of the eventual profits of the film.

With The Karate Kid film taking more than $150m (£100m) at the box office, the young actor received another $2m(£1.3m) bonus.

The website estimate that other perks signed into Jaden's contract would have resulted in a payday of over $3m (£2m).

As well as starring in the film he also sang the theme song 'Never Say Never' alongside teen superstar Justin Bieber.

Jaden's seven figure salary makes him by far the highest paid of any of the young actors currently in Hollywood.

Although the film was released in 2010 when Jaden was 12 he had begun filming at the age of 10.

Raking it in: Pictured with sister Willow and father Will Smith and mothe Jada Pinkett Smith back in February

The young actor began his career with a small part in his father's 2006 film The Pursuit Of Happyness.

With his youger sister Zillow they have forged out careers with the blessing of their parents Will and Jada Pinket Smith.

As well as acting Jaden has forged a career as a rap artist and his 10 year old sister had a No 2 hit in the UK with Whip My Hair.

Like her older brother she has appeared in several films, most notably I am Legend, alongside her father.

Highest paid Hollywood child star: The child star earned a reported $3m for his role in The Karate Kid, pictured with co-star Jackie Chan


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