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Once seen as a series of soaring precedents afforded to Hollywood's best and brightest, the massive paychecks given to high-profile actors and directors today have since grown smaller with the film industry's cost-cutting measures. However, for an elite group of individuals, their price tag remains as high as it ever was, but now a recent list has revealed a slow reversal has begun for those once deemed financially golden. In a Top-10 list published by Forbes, Eddie Murphy has come in as the frontrunner for Most Overpaid Actor, having taken in with his recent films only $2.30 for every dollar appointed to him. The business publication sourced the list from its Celebrity 100 rankings, and compared the actors' last three wide releases -- in Murphy's case, “A Thousand Words,” “Tower Heist,” and “Imagine That” -- to the paycheck allotted to them for their work. The undercut honors continue with a trifecta of romantic-comedy. »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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