Eddie Murphy: Overpaid, Under Funny?by Jacky Jasper
Cash Over Comedy?
Eddie Murphy is being outed as a talented man who may have lost his love for art while upping the ante on a dollar. That’s exactly why the one-time leading funny man is being considered overpaid. That’s what the folks over at Forbes had to say about the comedian – who they reason as his money grew, his comedic value depreciated.
Here’s what Forbes had to say about Eddie Murphy:
“Remember back in the day when he was so funny on Saturday Night Live and in movies like Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop? His voice work has helped make movies like Shrek and Mulan tolerable for adults, and even his family-friendly movies, like Norbit and Dr. Dolittle, were good for some chuckles.
But lately, Murphy’s career has just collapsed. Imagine That, A Thousand Words and Meet Dave were colossal flops. Last year’s Tower Heist, which was supposed to be something of a return to form for the comedian, failed to wow at the box office, earning $153 million on an estimated budget of $75 million. (In order to even come close to turning a profit, a movie has to earn twice its production budget in ticket sales, plus the millions spent on marketing.) Murphy then backed out of hosting the Oscars, which didn’t help his reputation.
His string of flops lands Murphy at the top of our Most Overpaid Actors list for 2012. We estimate that for every $1 Murphy was paid for his last three films, they returned an average of $2.30 at the box office.”
Is Forbes magazine being too harsh on Eddie Murphy, or has he really left his comedic chops behind? I think Forbes may be being too harsh. Know why? Because Larry The Cable Guy is worth $50 million – and he never made me laugh once. Don’t you agree?