Whether they’re today’s super-stars with clout or character players with decades of experience, actors are not improvising the film you’re watching. They follow the script and the director’s intent. For almost any other actor, even a few days’ work on a big budget film is a career highlight. They smoke only if they’re told to smoke. Actors in these rankings worked on at least two top-grossing films since 2002.

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actors | The more smoking, the higher the score
in films
1J.K. Simmons24250192
2Hugh Jackman22170151
3Ian McKellen20440164
4Viggo Mortensen16230132
5Vince Vaughn1596099
6Jeff Bridges14240102
7Ray Winstone1325082
8Jared Harris1225072
9Sigourney Weaver12120101
10Robert Downey, Jr.1194079
11Ritchie Coster1032083
12Billy Boyd982078
13Johnny Depp954140
14Bruce McGill935043
15Adam Sandler903060
16Jack Black884048
17Jude Law863141
18Don Cheadle854045
19Will Ferrell844044
20Eddie Murphy834043
21Paul Giamatti825032
22Joaquin Phoenix782058
23John Goodman753045
Bill Nighy751065
24Dominic Monaghan731063
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