Saturday, August 2, 2008


Vince Vaughn: Is this really the biggest star in Hollywood?

Vince Vaughn, top of a new Hollywood pay league? Tom Cruise near the bottom? It's little wonder that filmgoers are puzzled. The numbers simply don't add up, says Kaleem Aftab

If you want to make money in Hollywood, employ Vince Vaughn. That's the conclusion arrived at in a survey of the "best value" actors, which has led to film accountants checking the stars' payslips, asking whether they are really worth all those zeros. The agents of actors who fared badly were straight on their phones talking up the value of their clients as Hollywood does what it does best - talk money.

The US business magazine Forbes published its Top 35 "Ultimate Star Payback" league table last week. It calculated a star's value by looking at the three most recent movies of actors who starred in films that opened on more than 1,000 screens in the five years to 1 January this year.

Forbes then calculated the gross income for each film by adding half of the worldwide box-office and the first three months of wholesale DVD revenues, and subtracting the budget. Gross income was then divided by the actor's total compensation to derive his or her payback figure.

The big surprise was that Vaughn, nowhere near the highest-paid actor over this period, came out on top. Forbes calculated that his three films, Dodgeball, Wedding Crashers and The Break-up, made his employers $14.73 for every dollar he was paid.

courtesy of belfast telegraph uk

*he used to look fuckable anyway*

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