15 Stars Who Did NOT Deserve Their Payday

There is a long-standing tradition to rib on actors for being paid indecent amounts of money. What about doctors? Teachers? Police officers? Shouldn't they be the ones making millions? Aside from being an incredibly reductive argument, it undermines the industry that promotes these high pays and the role we as an audience play in perpetuating it. To accept the reality as it is, high profile actors (who make up a minority of actors, most of whom are often out of work with very little financial stability) are working (in theory) on projects that stand to make millions or even billions of dollars.

When it comes to judging whether or not an actor has earned their pay, that should be near the top of the reasoning as to why they are being paid more than they're worth. An actor that most of us may not like or enjoy, but who consistently earns their investors heaps of money, might actually be worth far more than your favourite childhood actor who can no longer break even. In the spirit of covering all our bases, we're trying to cover both actors who fail to make money and those who don't earn it by virtue of being terrible. Many of these actors are incredibly talented and more often than not, are able to deliver on their promise, but have been in a film or two that they've commanded far too much money for what the product was worth.

What actors do you think are earning way too much money?

15 Ryan Reynolds

14 Robert Downey Jr.

13 Mark Wahlberg

12 Jennifer Lopez

11 Cameron Diaz

10 Gerard Butler

9 Gwyneth Paltrow

8 Jim Carrey

7 Jared Leto

6 Will Ferrell

5 Katherine Heigl

4 Will Smith

3 Ashton Kutcher

2 Adam Sandler

1 Johnny Depp

In spite of having some good roles over the course of his career, we're not really surprised that Sandler has chosen money over art. He never seemed that invested in his craft, and while he seems like a really fun guy, we never considered him a great artist. Johnny Depp, on the other hand, is a very different story. Depp established himself as one of the best actors of his generation in the 1990s, with roles in films like Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Dead Man and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, he re-invented how we think of pirates, and seemed to indicate that Depp could bring his rare and transformative talents to mainstream success. Over the course of the past fifteen years though, Depp has slowly become a caricature of his previous success, and his box-office numbers reflect that in spite of the fact that he continued to make huge earnings. 2015 was maybe his worst year yet, with two big flops, Mortdecai and Transcendence - both of which were somehow much worse than you could even imagine. Even worse was his return average for the year; for every $1 Depp was paid in 2015, he earned just $1.20 back. Talk about a bad investment!

Sources: Forbes, Box Office Mojo, Eonline, Business Insider, Variety

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