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Seth RogenFor all of you people who like lists and, you know, things in ascending order, you'll be heartened to hear that business magazine Forbes has published a list of "the hardest-working actors."

Stop right there if you think this list is a numerical rundown of those method lovers who sweat blood and tears to bring a character to life, (i.e., Robert De Niro putting on 70 pounds to play Jake LaMotta in 'Raging Bull' or Adrien Brody selling everything he owned and learning to play perfect Chopin for 'The Pianist').

Basically, Forbes looked at 559 films that earned over $20 million each (in the U.S.) between January 2005 and December 2009. Actors who chalked up the most starring roles and whose films earned the most money got on the list. Seth RogenFor all of you people who like lists and, you know, things in ascending order, you'll be heartened to hear that business magazine Forbes has published a list of "the hardest-working actors."

Stop right there if you think this list is a numerical rundown of those method lovers who sweat blood and tears to bring a character to life, (i.e., Robert De Niro putting on 70 pounds to play Jake LaMotta in 'Raging Bull' or Adrien Brody selling everything he owned and learning to play perfect Chopin for 'The Pianist').

Basically, Forbes looked at 559 films that earned over $20 million each (in the U.S.) between January 2005 and December 2009. Actors who chalked up the most starring roles and whose films earned the most money got on the list.

So, in a surprising number one position we have 28-year-old Seth Rogen, star of a whopping 10 films, including 'Superbad,' 'Knocked Up,' 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' and a voice in 'Kung Fu Panda,' with a U.S. gross of $892 million -- not bad for a self-confessed stoner. Even more surprising is that second on the list is Morgan Freeman, whose films earned an incredible $1.168 billion yet, because he only had nine starring roles, he's the bridesmaid and not the bride.

Here's the full list:

1. Seth Rogen: 10 films / $892 million total
2. Morgan Freeman: 9 films / $1.168 billion (including 'The Dark Knight,' 'Batman Begins,' 'Invictus')
3. Matt Damon: 8 films / $696 million (including 'The Bourne Ultimatum,' 'Ocean's Thirteen,' 'The Departed')
4. Will Ferrell: 8 films / $607 million (including 'Talladega Nights,' 'Stranger Than Fiction')
5. Robert Downey Jr.: 7 films / $788 million (including 'Tropic Thunder,' 'Iron Man,' 'The Soloist')
6. Samuel L. Jackson: 7 films / $700 million (including 'Snakes on a Plane,' 'Star Wars: Episodes II and III')
7. Sandra Bullock: 7 films / $655 million (including 'The Blind Side,' 'The Proposal')
8. Meryl Streep: 7 films / $547 million (including 'Mamma Mia!,' 'The Devil Wears Prada')
9. Shia LaBeouf: 6 films / $1.3 billion (including 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,' 'Transformers')
10. Christian Bale: 6 films / $1 billion (including 'The Dark Knight,' 'Terminator Salvation')