In this economy, even studios are trying to save money where they can. And if that means hiring an actor that comes cheap, then so be it! Forbes has released their list of Hollywood’s Best “Bang for your Buck” actors.
Topping the list is Shia LaBeouf, who still doesn’t make $20 million per film. When he first joined the Transformers franchise, he was making only $5 million a picture. His number has significantly gone up since then, but it’s still considered a reasonable number when it comes to Hollywood.
Forbes compiled their list by calculating each star's estimated earnings on each film (including upfront pay and any earnings from the movie's box-office receipts, DVD and TV sales). They then looked at each movie's estimated budget (not including marketing costs, which are susceptible to accounting chicanery) and box-office, DVD and television earnings to figure out an operating income for each film.