Johnny Depp deemed 2015’s most overpaid actor by Forbes
Depp played the title character in the hit 1990 film “Edward Scissorhands,” his first of many collaborations with director Tim Burton.(Firooz Zahedi / Twentieth Century Fox)
Returning to smaller films, Depp took on two supporting roles -- including the transvestite Bon Bon -- in Julian Schnabel’s 2000 film “Before Night Falls.” Co-star Javier Bardem, left, was nominated for an Academy Award for lead actor.(Daniel Daza / Elmar Pictures)
Depp reunited with his “Gilbert Grape” director Lasse Hallström for the 2000 romance “Chocolat,” co-starring Juliette Binoche, who was nominated for a lead actress Oscar for the film.(Miramax International / AFP)
Depp played a horror author suffering from writer’s block in the 2004 thriller “Secret Window,” based on a story by Stephen King.(Jonathan Wenk / Revolution Studios)
Depp won the best performance award for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards.(Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
When star Heath Ledger died during the filming of 2009’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” director Terry Gilliam cast Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Depp, pictured with Maggie Steed, to play different incarnations of Ledger’s title character.(Liam Daniel / Sony Pictures Classics)
Depp, left, and “Arizona Dream” director Emir Kusturica pose with a life-sized bust of Depp that was unveiled as part of the Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival in Serbia on Jan. 13, 2009.(Milos Cvetkovic / AFP / Getty Images)
2010’s “The Tourist,” co-starring Angelina Jolie, foreground, earned Depp a Golden Globe nomination for lead actor in a musical or comedy.(Peter Mountain / Columbia TriStar)
Depp got animated again as the title voice in 2010’s “Rango,” which reunited the actor with “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski.(Paramount Pictures)
Depp’s company Infinitum Nihil also produced the 2011 Oscar winner “Hugo,” directed by Martin Scorsese, left, with star Ben Kingsley.(Jaap Buitendijk / Paramount Pictures)
Directed by Verbinski and co-starring Depp as Tonto, 2012’s “The Lone Ranger” went over budget and ended up being one of the biggest box office liabilities in Disney history.(Peter Mountain / Disney)
In 2012, Depp joined Burton’s feature remake of the cult TV series “Dark Shadows” as the temporally displaced vampire Barnabas Collins. That same year found Depp in an uncredited cameo in the big-screen remake of “21 Jump Street,” starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.(Peter Mountain / Warner Bros.)
Depp joined Tom Cruise, right, at a ceremony honoring “Pirates of the Caribbean” producer Jerry Bruckheimer, left, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 24, 2013.(Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)
Depp’s latest film is the comedy “Mortdecai,” which has stumbled at the box office and received largely negative reviews.(David Appleby / Lionsgate)
As of 2015, Depp and Tim Burton, right, have collaborated on eight films together. The pair are pictured at the 64th Venice Film Festival on Sept. 5, 2007, where Burton received the Golden Lion For Lifetime Achievement Award.(Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images)
Johnny Depp’s box office earning power isn’t quite what it used to be — but that isn’t reflected in his paycheck. Forbes has named the “Mortdecai” star 2015’s most overpaid actor.
Depp, who can command an eight-figure salary on his projects, unseated Adam Sandler, the holder of the nefarious title for the past two years. This year, the “Happy Gilmore” alum was deemed ineligible because of his deal with Netflix and because “Pixels” didn’t make the cut-off. Still, Sandler spent five consecutive years on the list.
Though the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star earned awards buzz for his portrayal of gangster Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass,” the three-time Oscar nominee failed to be a return on studios’ investment, earning only $1.20 for every $1 he was paid for his films, the financial magazine estimated. That number was contrasted with “The Avengers” actor Chris Evans’ earning power; the franchise star boasted $181.80 return for every $1 paid and was deemed Hollywood’s Best Actor For The Buck.
The 52-year-old character actor, ranked No. 2 on the list last year, is among a crop of male leads “who charge top dollar but don’t always deliver at the ticketbooth,” Forbes said. The mag also explained how it tallied up this year’s overpaid list by looking at each film actor’s last three starring roles before June 2015. Animated films, supporting roles and movies that didn’t have wide releases were not counted.
“Training Day” star Denzel Washington, who will be honored at the upcoming Golden Globes Awards with the Cecil B. DeMille award, landed the No. 2 spot by returning $6.50 for every $1 he earned from his recent films.
Following Depp and Washington is “Get Hard” star Will Ferrell: The “Saturday Night Live” alum returned $6.80 for every $1 paid.
In the No. 4 and No. 5 positions were “Run All Night” star Liam Neeson and “Focus” star Will Smith, both previously considered to be box office gold but who haven’t quite delivered the way they once did. Despite the success of “Taken 3,” Neeson returned an estimated $7.20 for every $1 paid, Forbes said, and Smith averaged a return of $8.60 for every $1 paid.
See Forbes’ complete list here.
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