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Eddie Murphy Named 2012's Most Overpaid Actor

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The higher they fly, the farther they fall, right?

Eddie Murphy, who was largely considered to be box office gold during his '80s and early '90s heyday, has now been certified as Hollywood's most overpaid actor of the year by Forbes.

According to their number crunching of Murphy's earned salary over his last three movies — "Imagine That," "A Thousand Words" and "Meet Dave" — versus those films' box office muster, the movies have only brought in around $2.30 for every $1 he earned. Those are some slim profit margins.

Forbes twisted the knife farther by making note of Murphy's dismal "Tower Heist" numbers from last year (a pithy $78 million earned domestically on a $75 million production budget) and his recusal of the 2012 Oscars hosting post as evidence of his fallen star status.

This isn't the first time Murphy's been fingered as an overearner by Forbes, either. Last year, he placed number two on the list for his slightly higher $1 to $2.70 ratio (but, to be fair, "Meet Dave" and "Imagine That" factored into last year's value slaying results as well).

Following Murphy on the top 10 list of shame were Katherine Heigl, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, Adam Sandler, Denzel Washington, Ben Stiller and Sarah Jessica Parker.

We get the feeling none of these will be writing home to mom over this recognition. Could you imagine? "Hey, Ma! You were right! I am more trouble than I'm worth."

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