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Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, and Tom Clancy all command over-$20-million paychecks

When the big bad wolf at the IRS comes to Hollywood, perhaps he huffs and he puffs at all the blown-out salaries of the little pigs who live there. Of course, not all porcine paychecks are created equal. Based on various reports, here’s a sampling of how celebs are feeding at the Tinseltown trough.

OVER 20 MILLION DOLLARS
TOM CRUISE
$75 million for M:I-2 with his back-end participation and producing fees
MEL GIBSON
$25 million for The Patriot
HARRISON FORD
$25 million for K-19; up from $20 mil for What Lies Beneath
TOM CLANCY
$45 million for two novels, one featuring Jack Ryan and the other a Jack the Ripper yarn

20 MILLION DOLLAR CLUB
CHRIS TUCKER
$20 million for Rush Hour 2, up from $3 million for Rush Hour
REGIS PHILBIN
$20 million for hosting Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Live With Regis
JIM CARREY
$20 million plus a big share of merchandising for Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
WILL SMITH
$20 million plus grosses for Ali
EDDIE MURPHY
$20 million for Nutty Professor II

12-20 MILLION DOLLARS JACKIE CHAN
$15 million plus a share of the gross for Rush Hour 2
CAMERON DIAZ
About $15 million for The Sweetest Thing
SHARON STONE
$15 million for Basic Instinct 2
KEANU REEVES
$15 mil plus 15 percent of the gross is his typical asking price
BRENDAN FRASER
$12.5 mil for The Mummy Returns
BARBARA WALTERS
$60 mil for five more years on various ABC shows

5-12 MILLION DOLLARS
ASHLEY JUDD
$6 million for Animal Husbandry
JAMES GANDOLFINI
$10 million in a two-year deal with HBO for The Sopranos and other projects
ANTHONY HOPKINS
At least $10 mil for Hannibal
EDWARD NORTON
$6.5 million-plus for The Score
MATT DAMON
$5.5 million for All the Pretty Horses
JET LI
$5.2 mil plus 5 percent of grosses for The Green Hornet

2-5 MILLION DOLLARS
TOBEY MAGUIRE
$4 million for Spider-Man and — move over, Keanu — an additional $26 million if there are two sequels
JULIANNE MOORE
About $3 million for Hannibal
JOHN GOODMAN
$4.4 million for a season of Normal, Ohio
RUPERT EVERETT
$4 mil for Unconditional Love
RENÉE ZELLWEGER
$3-5 million for Bridget Jones’s Diary
CHARLIE SHEEN
$2.75 mil for a Spin City season

UNDER 2 MILLION DOLLARS
RACHAEL LEIGH COOK
At least $1.5 million for Josie and the Pussycats
LUCY LIU
$1 million-plus for Charlie’s Angels
JACK BLACK
$1 million for Saving Silverman
JON STEWART
$1.5 million for a season of hosting Comedy Central’s The Daily Show
FREDDIE PRINZE JR.
$1.5-2 million for Summer Catch
CUBA GOODING JR.
$1.5 million for Men of Honor
LEELEE SOBIESKI
$1 million for The Glass House
RYAN PHILLIPPE
$1 million-plus for Antitrust