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Rough LaBeouf tops Forbes list of 10 ‘Best Value Actors’

By / 09.01.10

Remember when your mom was on welfare and your family couldn’t afford real Fruit Loops, so you had to buy those “Fruit Rings” that came in a big trash bag?  According to Forbes, Shia Labeouf is that fruit ring.  He tops the list of actors who offer the biggest box-office returns for their price.  Hiring him is like getting a four-finger discount*.  Here’s the list:

1. Shia LaBeouf – $81
2. Anne Hathaway – $64
3. Daniel Radcliffe – $61
4. Robert Downey Jr. – $33
5. Cate Blanchett – $27
6. Jennifer Aniston – $21
7. Meryl Streep – $21
8. Johnny Depp – $18
9. Nicholas Cage – $17
10. Sarah Jessica Parker – $17

The numbers mean Shia Labeouf brings in $81 for every dollar that he’s paid.  Of course, a lot of his value comes from a movie like Transformers 2, where he could’ve been replaced by an upturned broom with a smiley face drawn on it in crayon and it still would’ve made $300 million.  Don’t ask me why.  I think it’s some kind of retard magic.

To compile the list, the media magazine assessed 36 of the highest earners in Hollywood who have starred in at least three major film releases over the past five years.
The actors’ earnings were then added to worldwide box office and home video sales and subtracted from the movie’s overall budget. [HeraldSun]

I imagine Jennifer Aniston is the biggest surprise on the list.  Her biggest hits were Marley and Me and He’s Just Not That Into You, though it seems people remember her more for bombs like The Switch, The Bounty Hunter, and Love Happens Love Happens was so bad I almost walked out, and I saw it on a plane.

*Truthfully, although I wish he’d fire his agent, I think Shia Labeouf is a decent actor.  There, I said it.  He even seems reasonably intelligent.


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