Eddie Murphy Ultimately Talked About Why He Stopped Acting For Six Years

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“Possibly it really is time to take a break.”

Eddie Murphy’s back in a massive way lately. His new film Coming two America, the sequel to the 1988 comedy Coming to America, just dropped on Amazon Prime Video.

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Murphy’s been in a handful of higher-profile projects lately, which is a alter from the acting hiatus he took for a portion of the 2010s — and on a current episode of WTF with Marc Maron, the comedian and actor explained why he took the time off.


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“I was producing shitty films,” he told Maron, referring to a string of important and industrial bombs that earned him several Razzie awards, like one particular for “Worst Actor of the Decade.”

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The Razzies is brief for the Golden Raspberry Awards, an organization that is been handing out awards for the worst achievements in film (believe the Oscars, only the opposite) considering the fact that 1981.

“I was like, ‘This shit ain’t exciting. They are providing me Razzies…Motherfuckers gave me the “Worst actor ever” Razzie. Possibly it really is time to take a break’.”


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Murphy explained that he initially intended to only take a year off of acting, but “all of a sudden six years go by and I am sitting on the couch.”


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Ultimately, Murphy decided to return to acting right after realizing what his legacy could appear like if he did not: “I could sit on the couch and not get off it, but I do not want the final bunch of shit they see me do [to be] bullshit.”


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“The program was to go do Dolemite, Saturday Evening Reside, Coming two America and then do stand-up and see how I felt afterwards,” he explained. “At least then they will know I am funny.”


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Murphy’s return to stand-up was thwarted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but he lately claimed in an interview with Kevin Hart that he plans to take the stage once more when it really is protected to do so. Fascinating stuff!


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