"If Haley Joel Osment wasn't great in "The Sixth Sense," that movie might not have worked," says Alvarez. "Dakota Fanning in "War of the Worlds" grounds the movie. She gave it a greater sense of humanity."
The metaphorical Hollywood road is littered with young actors who never made the tough transition to adult fare. "You have to be good no matter what," says Alvarez. The faint of heart need not apply.
The Forbes Star Currency survey was sent to entertainment industry members globally, asking them to use a provided scale in ranking 1,400-plus actors on a range of attributes regarding their participation in films, including the actor's ability to attract significant financing for 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 and free TV, etc.
Forbes conducted the survey in fall 2008 in conjunction with Erdos & Morgan, a New York-based independent research firm that advised Forbes on the survey, as well as handled the tabulation and ranking of the results. The results were converted to scores ranging from 0 to 10, with 10 being the top.