The Word: Is Katherine Heigl too demanding for Hollywood?

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Actress Katherine Heigl  arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'New Year's Eve' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 5, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Katherine Heigl is no longer the new Meg Ryna. Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Remember when Katherine Heigl was the new Meg Ryan? Yeah, that seems to have come to an end. Her last film, “The Big Wedding,” bombed, and now Hollywood execs are reluctant to work with her because of her demanding attitude, insiders say.

“She can cost you time every single day of shooting,” a source who worked with Heigl and her momager Nancy Heigl on Katherine’s 2010 film “Life as We Know It” told the Hollywood Reporter. “Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day. Even getting her deal closed at Warners was hard. She hit that point of ‘no.’ ”

However, the former “Grey’s Anatomy” star is soon to return to television — NBC is developing a spy drama with Heigl in a starring role. So maybe she’ll hit that point of “Eh, OK.”

Eddie Murphy has earned the dubious honor of the Most Overpaid Actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine’s annual list. For every dollar that a studio paid Murphy for his last three movies, the studio earned $2.30, the worst rate of return for a star in the business. His only film released this year, the poorly reviewed “a Thousand Words,” pulled in roughly $20 million worldwide but cost an estimated $40 million to produce.

Second on the list is Katherine Heigl, earning studios an average of $3.40 for every dollar she’s paid.


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