Eddie Murphy Named Forbes’ ‘Most Overpaid Actor’

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  • Forbes has released its annual list of Hollywood’s most overpaid actors, and leading the pack is one-time Oscar nominee Eddie Murphy.

    The actor’s career seemed headed for a rebound with a 2007 best supporting actor Oscar nomination for “Dreamgirls” and an announcement that he would host the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. But he dropped out of the hosting gig after producer Brett Ratner left, and his three most recent films have disappointed at the box office.

    If you take out Murphy’s voice role in the latest “Shrek” movie, “Shrek Forever After,” the worldwide gross of Murphy’s last three live-action films — “Imagine That,” “Tower Heist” and “A Thousand Words” — is a combined domestic box office total of $196.3 million.

    Compare that performance to his early ’80s run of the hits “48 Hrs.,” “Trading Places” and “Beverly Hills Cop,” which collectively hauled in $316.3 million.

    Forbes estimates that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three films, he returned $2.30 at the box office.

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    2 thoughts on “Eddie Murphy Named Forbes’ ‘Most Overpaid Actor’

    1. This is a racist attack on one of the greatest character actors in hstory. Just because the movie industry cannot prostitute Eddie’s talent like they did in the early 80′s does not mean that they don’t get theirmoney out of his talent.

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