Eddie Murphy tops overpaid actors list

Of all the rich listicles Forbes compiles, from EDM DJs to models, the Over Paid Actors list has to be the most genius concept of them all. Weighing up paycheck to box office takings, this year’s list could just as easily be re-named “Hollywood’s least loved A-listers”. With the exception of Reese Witherspoon, Denzel Washington and Sandra Bullock, who are more boring than hated, everyone in the top ten this year is either scandal-prone (list topper Eddie Murphy, who was paid $1 to every $2.30 his films took at the box office), widely considered to be no longer funny (Adam Sandler, Jack Black) or funny for the wrong reason (Nicholas Cage). Then there are Sarah Jessica Parker and Katherine Heigl, who are, between the two of them, widely used as proof of every misogynistic notion that comes into opinion writers’ heads.

The more surprising actors in the list, like Denzel Washington, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon and Ben Stiller, made the cut because their salaries are so high that a single flop can damage their gross takings for the whole year.

Here are the top 10:

1. Eddie Murphy
2. Katherine Heigl
3. Reese Witherspoon
4. Sandra Bullock
5. Jack Black
6. Nicolas Cage
7. Adam Sandler
8. Denzel Washington
9. Ben Stiller
10. Sarah Jessica Parker

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