Friday, 20 November 2009

Overpaid Actors? It’s Official...

Hmm, surely we’ve all known for a long time now that many A-List Hollywood actors are somewhat overpaid. But yesterday this was confirmed when a list of the top 10 most overpaid actors was revealed.

Funny man Will Ferrell apparently gives the worst return at the box office than anyone else with a mere £1.72 return for every £1 he’s paid. Our very own Ewan McGregor comes in second earning an estimated £5million per film but only earning back an average of £2.25. They are in good company though, with Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey and Billy Bob Thornton all featuring in the list's top ten.

There does however seem to be an overriding theme. I personally think Ferrel is a comedy genius in his earlier movies with Anchorman (2004) and Elf (2003) being two of my all time favorite films. McGregor shot to fame with the critically-acclaimed Trainspotting back in 1996 and also had a major role in Star Wars, which is one of the most successful film series in history. But these stars seemed to have reached their peak, had their heyday and are now on their way down with their most recent movies completely flopping at the box office.

Ferrel’s Land of the Lost, released this summer, is said to have cost £60million to make but earned just £39million worldwide for Hollywood studio Universal Pictures – now that’s gotta hurt! On the other hand, if you’re looking for a good ROI, Transformers star Shia Labeouf seems to be a good bet, bringing home £134 for every £1 he’s paid.

Most overvalued stars:

  1. WILL FERRELL
  2. EWAN MCGREGOR
  3. BILLY BOB THORNTON
  4. EDDIE MURPHY
  5. ICE CUBE
  6. TOMCRUISE
  7. DREW BARRYMORE
  8. LEONARDO DICAPRIO
  9. SAMUEL L JACKSON
  10. JIM CARREY
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