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Eddie Murphy Is “Most Overpaid Actor” In Hollywood

Submitted by on December 6, 2012 – 10:32 amNo Comment

Say it ain’t so! Forbes recently released their annual list of Hollywood’s “Most Overpaid Actors,” and comedian Eddie Murphy is No. 1 with a bullet. Thanks to clunkers like Meet Dave, A Thousand Words, and Imagine That (which I don’t even remember hearing of), Forbes estimates that Murphy’s films return just $2.30 for every $1 paid to him.

While money certainly isn’t the best indicator of worth, Murphy’s career has undeniably had a decline. A legendary, groundbreaking stand-up comedian in the 80′s, he also scored hits with classic films like Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop. Even some of his recent family films like Dr. Doolittle were solid, and his voice work on Shrek certainly helped make that one of the best Pixar franchises yet. He even got an Oscar nomination in 2006 for Dreamgirls!

But Murphy seems to have turned completely to gimmicky comedy, and these haven’t even been commercial successes, much less critical ones.

To be fair, the Forbes ranking is meant to offer a very limited picture: it looks only at the last three films the actor (or actress) starred in, and only up to the last three years. All actors’ careers have high and low points, and three years can definitely change things.

Still, broad comedies and rom-coms seemed to be a theme. Rounding out the top five are Katherine Heigl, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, and Jack Black.

[via EW]

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