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Hollywood's most overpaid actors

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It's that time of the week when we get all bitter and resentful about those with more money than us.

The 1% of Hollywood have been receiving more than their fair share of cash for too damn long and Forbes have assembled a list of which stars have been receiving more than they deserve.

What they did was look at what actors were paid for their last three movies and then contrast that with how much money those films actually made. Turns out that Drew Barrymore is outstaying her welcome on the A-List as she's only returned 40 cents (25p) for every dollar she was paid.

NB: Forbes only used films which were released wide and focused around that particular actor being the star, so for example, He's Just Not That Into You wouldn't count for Barrymore as she was part of a large ensemble.

1. Drew Barrymore (40 cents/25p)

(last three films: Going The Distance, Everybody's Fine, Lucky You)

2. Eddie Murphy ($2.70/£1.69)

(last three films: Imagine That, Meet Dave, Norbit)

3. Will Ferrell ($3.50/£2.19)

(last three films: The Other Guys, Land Of The Lost, Step Brothers)

4. Reese Witherspoon ($3.55/£2.22)

(last three films: Water For Elephants, How Do You Know, Four Christmases)

5. Denzel Washington ($4.25/£2.66)

(last three films: Unstoppable, The Book Of Eli, The Taking Of Pelham 1,2,3)

6. Nicolas Cage ($4.40/£2.75)

(last three films: Season Of The Witch, Drive Angry, The Sorceror's Apprentice)

7=. Adam Sandler ($5.20/£3.25)

(last three films: Just Go With It, Grown Ups, Funny People)

7=. Vince Vaughn ($5.20/£3.25)

(last three films: The Dilemma, Couples Retreat, Four Christmases)

9. Tom Cruise ($6.35/£3.97)

(last three films: Knight and Day, Valkyrie, Lions For Lambs)

10. Nicole Kidman ($6.70/£4.19)

(last three films: Australia, The Invasion, Bewitched)

(Images: Rex Features)



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