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Wed Oct 22 15:52:57 SAST 2014

Eddie Murphy named Hollywood's most over-paid actor

Bang Showbiz | 05 December, 2012 14:58
Actor Eddie Murphy
Image by: MARIO ANZUONI / REUTERS

Eddie Murphy is Hollywood's most over-paid actor according to Forbes magazine after a disappointing year at the box office.

The 51-year-old actor - whose recent films Imagine That, A Thousand Words and Meet Dave were all labelled flops - is reportedly no longer popular at the box office despite being paid a huge amount of money to star in huge number of movies.

According to Forbes magazine, for every $1 Eddie was paid for his last three movies, they returned an estimated average of $2.30.

His movie 'Tower Heist' which was released last year also failed to wow audiences and earned just over double its budget of $75 million.

Earlier this year, Eddie revealed he is in talks to make a Beverly Hills Cop TV show.

One of the comedian and actor's best loved roles was as wise cracking detective Axel Foley in the three action/comedy films of the late 80s and he's working on bringing him back.

He said: "What I'm trying to do with Beverly Hills Cop now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit.

"I'd do the pilot, show up here and there."

According to the magazine, a movie has to earn twice its production budget in ticket sales, plus the millions spent on marketing, to be considered a financial success.

Katherine Heigl came second in the list of most overpaid stars as her most recent film One For The Money earned just $37 million and cost $40 million to make.

Reese Witherspoon - who recently gave birth to her third child - also failed to lure audiences to the cinema this year.

Other surprising actors on the list include Sandra Bullock and Jack Black.

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