Will Ferrell tops Forbes' 'overpaid' list

Shia LaBeouf cited for generating most 'bang for the buck'

Looks like "Land of the Lost" has earned star Will Ferrell the dubious distinction of being the most overpaid actor in show business, according to the list makers at Forbes magazine.

Forbes looked at 100 top actors based on their widely released films over the past five years. It factored in the production costs of those movies against how much boxoffice, DVD and other revenue they generated in order to come up with an operating income for each film, which it then compared with the salaries the stars earned.

In Ferrell's case, the actor's films earned just $3.29 for every dollar he was paid. That's a pretty poor contrast to the $160 that Shia LaBeouf's movies returned to the studios for every buck he earned.

That figure, by the way, put LaBeouf -- who starred in "Transformers" in 2007 and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in 2008 -- at the top of Forbes list of Best Actors for the Buck. Also included on that list were Robert Downey Jr., Christian Bale and Dennis Quaid.

"Land of the Lost," a boxoffice dud starring Ferrell as an offbeat scientist, racked up about $100 million in production costs, not including marketing, but only returned $65 million at the worldwide boxoffice. His movie "Semi-Pro," which earned $44 million at the worldwide boxoffice, has also dragged down Ferrell's return-on-investment performance lately.

No. 2 on the overpaid actors list is Ewan McGregor, who made a slew of poorly performing movies after playing Obi-Wan Kenobi four years ago in "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith." McGregor's films earned $3.75 per dollar he was paid.

The third most overpaid actor is Billy Bob Thornton, whose recent films include "Eagle Eye," "Mr. Woodcock," "The Astronaut Farmer" and "The Informers."

Also cracking the top 10 list of overpaid actors is Drew Barrymore, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jim Carrey. The full list is at the Forbes Web site.
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