Will Ferrell: Once Again, Most Overpaid Actor

Comedians don't fare well on Forbes ' 2010 list
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2010 9:13 AM CDT
Executive producer Will Ferrell arrives at the premiere for the second season of HBO's "Eastbound and Down" in Los Angeles, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – Will Ferrell is Hollywood’s most overpaid actor for the second year in a row, thanks mostly to his role in the flop Land of the Lost. From Forbes’ annual top 10 (of which six are comedians), which looks at the year ending June 1:

  1. Will Ferrell: For every $1 he was paid, his films returned an average $3.35, but things may be better for him next year thanks to the relative success of The Other Guys.
  2. Eddie Murphy: $4.45 return on the dollar. Though his Shrek films are always successful, the list doesn’t take animated movies into account.

  1. Denzel Washington: $5.10 return on the dollar. He may be helped next year by his upcoming role in Tony Scott’s Unstoppable.
  2. Seth Rogen: $6.75 return on the dollar. The biggest reason for his inclusion on the list: Funny People.
  3. Tom Cruise: $7.20 return on the dollar. How the mighty have fallen! Neither Valkyrie nor Knight & Day proved to be his comeback machine.
For the complete list, click here, or click here to see why Ferrell should fear for his career.

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