Hollywood star and comedian Eddie Murphy has revealed in a recent interview that he wanted to prove to everyone that he was funny again with a stand-up comedy tour just before the pandemic hit. Indeed, he said that he stepped away from the movie industry because he did not want to be associated with any more bad films, which were creating a pretty bad image of the actor.
The explanation as to why Eddie Murphy has stayed away from the big screen until Dolemite Is My Name and Coming 2 America, is because his previous movies like Norbit or Imagine That led to a string of Razzie nominations for the actor that he couldn’t ignore.
In an interview on the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron, the actor and comedian said, “Because I’d stopped making movies in 2011. I was like, let me take a break from movies. I was making s**tty movies, and it was like, This ain’t fun. They’re givin’ me Razzies’. I think those motherf**kers gave me the ‘Worst Actor Ever’ Razzie or some s**t. It was like, Yeah, maybe it’s time to take a break when you get the worst actor ever razzie. Maybe I need to pull back”.
Eddie Murphy was in fact nominated for 10 Razzie awards between 2002 and 2010, including a ‘Worst Actor of the Decade’ in 2010, and he was also nominated for ‘Worst Actor of the Year’ for his last film before his break, 2012’s A Thousand Words.
With his new movie Coming 2 America now showing on streaming platforms and theatres, Eddie Murphy also recently talked about his plans to get back to stand-up comedy just before the pandemic hit, with this new interview offering insight as to part of what motivated that.