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We’re not sure what happens to your career once you receive such a dubious distinction, but Eddie Murphy has gotten a form of recognition he’d probably rather not receive. The great one Murphy was selected by Forbes as the most over-paid actor in all of Hollywood. But still, Eddie is a legend, at least among people of color. You have to also admit that his last three films haven’t done so well.
Eddie was also shunned by the establishment for stepping out of the hosting gig at the Oscars a couple of years ago. He did win a supporting actor nomination for his 2007 role in “Dream Girls,” but not much else has happened in his career.
Murphy’s latest films, “Imagine That,”“Tower Heist” and “A Thousand Words” brought in a combined total of just $196 million. Even twenty years ago, his films ”48 Hrs.,” “Trading Places” and “Beverly Hills Cop” earned a total of $316 million. Back then, ticket prices were far cheaper than they are today. Forbes estimates that for ever dollar Murphy was paid, he brought in $2.30 at the box office. Not such a good track record from the man we love so much.
But Murphy isn’t struggling. He is worth an extraordinary $80 million dollars, and he was also paid $10 million for his role in Shrek. But these paydays are far removed from the early part of the century, when he could command $20 million for each role.