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Forbes magazine released their list of Hollywood’s most overpaid actors and Eddie Murphy leads the pack. According to the publication, for every dollar Murphy makes, his films return an average of $2.70.

This is how Forbes compiled their list:

“To compile our list we used information gathered for the Celebrity 100 to look at the last three non-animation movies each actor starred in over that last three years,” Forbes detailed. “We added each actor’s upfront and backend pay on all three movies to come up with a total compensation number. We then added up the operating income of the three movies to come up with a total operating income number and then divided total operating income by total compensation. Each return on investment number represents how much the studio is paid for every dollar invested in the star.”

His last couple of movies were flops, but maybe his new movie, “Tower Heist,” will put him back on top of a more positive Hollywood list. When I think of being “overpaid” I think that what you are being paid doesn’t equate to the quality of work you put out.  Drew Barrymore, Will Ferrell, Reese Witherspoon and Denzel Washington (what?!) round out the top five for this list.

Do you agree that Eddie Murphy is overpaid for his movies?

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  • BOB

    eddie murphy is the man I love him I love you Eddie

  • OSHH

    I saw a great biography on him last night and it did remind me of how much I enjoy his work as a comedian/artist.

  • Pilot

    Whatever Eddie Murphy gets paid is what the market decides he should be paid. In other words, no actor (including Murphy) gets to determine their own paycheck. Someone has to be willing to write a check for whatever amount they’re going to pay you, and their decision regarding what that number looks like depends on how much return they think they can wring out of the movie with you in it. People in Hollywood are dumb about some things, but not about money. An actor can only get paid more than he’s worth for a couple of movies before his worth is adjusted downward. The same with an actor that gets hot – he can only be underpaid for one, maybe two movies MAX, before his worth from an industry perspective gets adjusted upward.

    Eddie Murphy’s been in the business for a long time. Every studio, producer and director has had more than enough time to adequately assess his talent. I would state emphatically that everyone in the business is pretty clear on just how much value he adds to a particular movie – it is well-defined in terms of the industry. He’s not getting overpaid if he keeps getting the same valuation over and over again – obviously the return to the studios that hire him is enough to sustain and justify his compensation.

  • Intellblackman

    Most younger folks aren’t old enough to know where Eddie Murphy got his first major break into comedy. He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live for five years. Those were some of the funniest episodes of that show ever. He was only 19 years old at the time. Considering the fact that he’s now 50, I’d say yes, he has been in the business a very long time. Consequently, he’s made billions of dollars for the studios. He deserves his asking price. Just a little trivia for the youngsters out there.

    The studios are just like record labels and sports team owners…..pimps, who make a superfluous amount of money off of the backs of those who do the “real” work.

    • Srenda

      Hey Pops, thanks for the lesson, lol!

      As for the article, people will think Eddie Murphy is overpaid based on what their personal values are. If comparing his salary to what a decent, hardworking teacher makes or even a doctor, some may say he’s waaaaay overpaid. He just happens to be super-successful in a field where most people give up because it’s difficult to reach that level of success, that is if their attention is mainly on the bottom line: MONEY. If people pay to see his films, and his name is a box office draw, he’s making a lot of people happy then maybe his paid what he rightfully deserves.

      I think some of the issue with Eddi Murphy, really boils down to thinking he’s not been living up to his potential as an actor and comedian over the last 10-15 years. This of course is a judgement. People claim he lost his edge. Still, the edge that he had years ago still was able to fill seats when he was doing stuff like Dr. Doolittle, etc. I say all this to say that, whether or not Eddie Murphy is overpaid is completely subjective. I mean really, what does Forbes know?

  • CaramelBeauty

    Please, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller should be at the top of that list! Who actually goes to their movies? Neither are funny and yet they continue to make flops. I guess that happens when you are jewish. They need to stop hating on Eddie. At least with Eddie you will laugh throughout the film. why do you think Stiller has Eddie in the new movie Tower Heist?!?!?!?!?! Duh!!!!!!!