The dis-honorable list of 2009
Forbes released their annual most-overpaid stars list last week. To create the list, Forbes looked at the 100 biggest stars in Hollywood. To qualify, each actor had to have starred over the last five years in at least three movies that opened in more than 500 theaters. Three of them were repeat offenders, including the ‘winner’ Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore and Jim Carrey, who were also on the 2008 list of overpaid-stars. Which begs me the question, why on earth would the studio still want to pay them the big bucks??! It’s also an amusing coincidence that last year’s topper Nicole Kidman — who earned a mere buck for every dollar she was paid — starred with Ferrell in the darn-awful Bewitched in 2005, which not-surprisingly only managed to rake $63 million of the 85-mil budget.
In any case, I’m hardly surprised with this list, with the exception of Ewan McGregor (#2 on the list) who despite his lower paycheck (in comparison to others on this list) still doesn’t make him profitable enough to the studios.
Fortunately, I have not seen any movies of these overpaid stars in the past year, as I’ve opted to see relative ‘unknowns’ on the big screen. Films I’ve seen and will line up to see consist of intriguing concepts with no-name actors, i.e. District 9, Star Trek, Avatar, The Young Victoria. Even my fave Gerard Butler still derives a response of ‘Gerard who?’ amongst people I work with, but his film Law Abiding Citizen has been on the top ten box office for six straight weeks, grossing $70+ mil so far compared to the 50-million production cost. No doubt with the success of the mega-moth teen vampire franchise that is Twilight, the laundry list of $20 million actors is being trimmed down. As Zdonk.com blog said, in today’s Hollywood, the A list actor with their gluttonous contracts isn’t as valuable to the studio as a marketable concept.
Now, People magazine is at it again with their pick of Sexiest Man Alive. I usually never bother with it as I hardly ever agree with their picks. Even last year’s chosen-one, Hugh Jackman, isn’t on my top five of sexiest men. I know, I know, he seems to have it all, after all he’s tall, dark and handsome… with an Aussie accent to boot! But for whatever reason, he just doesn’t scream SEXY to me.
Which brings me to this year’s two-time champion of Sexiest Man Alive: Johnny Depp. Now, I love Johnny and think that he’s a fantastic actor. But sexy? Um, I don’t think he would be my top picks in the sexy department. Even my friend Corinne who’s a die-hard Johnny fan admits that he sometimes look effeminate and foppish with his slender frame, stringy hair and delicate features. But before all you Depp-fanatics charge me with contempt, I still think he’s a much better pick than say Jake Gyllenhaal, or worse R-Patz! Looking back at the other sexiest-men-alive picks, none of them would get my endorsement: Matt Damon, George Clooney, Matthew McCougnahey, Ben Affleck and my least fave of all, Brad Pitt. The only one I thought was quite sexy was the late JFK Jr., who’s got that effortless sexiness about him.
My pick of sexiest man alive: Gerry Butler
For what it’s worth, the always on People’s honorable-mentions Gerard Butler is what I’d consider incredibly sexy. And y’know what, he’s been that way to me long before his 12-pack abs made headlines as he pranced around in a leather codpiece in 300. He was sexy when he was fully-clothed from head-to-toe in the Phantom of the Opera, as well as a mysterious stranger in Dear Frankie. His allure goes beyond how he looks — or his ruggedly manly hands. It’s in the way he talks, moves, walks, even the way he glances at someone he fancies. His raspy, throaty voice is sexy, too, and his sexiest traits of all? His intellect and sense of humor, in full display in virtually every interview/public appearances he’s in.
Apparently his British fans would agree as the Scot recently beat out Daniel Day-Lewis and Christian Bale as Best British Actor in Hollywood. Other men on the top-ten list include fellow Scots James McAvoy & Ewan McGregor, and Englishmen Hugh Laurie and Jason Statham. According to IrishCentral, it was the result of a poll of more than 1,000 British film fans by the DVD rental service LoveFilm. He even beat out [gasp] R-Patz who came seventh despite the huge popularity of the Twilight vampire franchise. Helen Cowley, the editor at LoveFilm said: “And even though Robert Pattinson is getting some deserved attention, it’s the older generation of actors that still have sway in Hollywood.”