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
1Ian McKellen13130101
2John Goodman1004060
3Johnny Depp844044
4Hugh Jackman793049
5Jared Harris773047
6Leonardo DiCaprio623032
7Ray Winstone583028
8Tom Hanks543024
Liam Neeson543024
9Nelsan Ellis532118
10Alan Rickman521042
11Harrison Ford513021
12Idris Elba503020
13Jed Brophy481038
Martin Freeman481038
Peter Hambleton481038
Ian Holm481038
Bérénice Marlohe481038
Sylvester McCoy481038
Graham McTavish481038
James Nesbitt481038
Dean O'Gorman481038
Aidan Turner481038
14Cleta Elaine Ellington452025
15Richard Armitage421032
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