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Eddie Murphy
Touches On His Past, Present and Future (Including COP 4)
On Tonight’s ACTORS STUDIO!!

I am – Hercules!! Loads of interesting stuff tonight as James Lipton chats up Eddie Murphy for the first time on a highly enjoyable edition of “Inside The Actors Studio.” Some highlights: * Murphy says “Beverly Hills Cop 4” remains in the development stage, and that he’s taking his time with it because he found part three “atrocious.” * Murphy, still seemingly stinging a bit from the reaction to “Harlem Nights” nearly two decades ago, says he is determined to direct again. “Soon.” * Murphy says he has no plans to return to stand-up at present, but does not rule out another concert film. (The more he talks about it, the more likely a return to the stage sounds.) * Murphy talks about his brother, “Chappelle’s Show” icon Charlie Murphy, and Charlie’s unsavory early career. * Murphy discloses that his high school in Roosevelt, Long Island, was attended by himself, Howard Stern, Julius Irving, Flava Flav and the rest of Public Enemy over one 15-year stretch. * Murphy says he got the role in “48 HRS.” because his agent was sleeping at the time with director Walter Hill. * Murphy notes that he was almost fired during “48 HRS.” and that the acting coach Paramount hired for him during was none other than David Proval (who would later achieve a measure of fame as Richie Aprile on “The Sopranos”). * Murphy reveals every time he draws a gun onscreen, he’s doing an impression of Bruce Lee. * Murphy imitates the late Rodney Dangerfield while telling a funny story about why one shouldn’t take advice. * Murphy reveals he is frightened of animals, and that he never worked with any of them (except, if I remember correctly, one duck) on the sets of the “Dr. Dolittle” movies. The creatures were almost always added to his scenes separately. * Murphy reveals his least favorite word is “queef” and his favorite curse-word is “cunnilingus.” (Because of course it really isn’t a curse word, Bravo doesn’t bleep it.) * Coincidentally, Murphy finds what he believes to be a pubic hair in his water. 7 p.m. Monday. Bravo.

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  • Dec. 18, 2006, 12:42 a.m. CST


    by JediShaft


  • Dec. 18, 2006, 1 a.m. CST

    "Cop III" atrocious, indeed.

    by JackBauer@CTU

    It's been so long since I've agreed with Eddie Murphy on anything. It's nice to see (in addition with the possibility of another concert film) that he's somewhat returning to his roots.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Beverly Hills Cop IV

    by conniebrean1


  • Dec. 18, 2006, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Herc unsurprisingly misspells cunnilingus

    by troutpencil

    The one thing Whedon's strong women characters don't teach you.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Isn't this show supposed to be about actors?

    by Grando

    Not old stand up guys who stopped being funny decades ago and now churn out an un-ending tirade of sub-par "family" films from under piles of latex in multiple roles?

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Does he apologise for Pluto Nash?

    by The Wrong Guy

    He damn well better.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 1:57 a.m. CST

    Pluto Nash remake.

    by Mace Tofu

    Can't wait...

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 2:20 a.m. CST

    sad story...

    by keepcoolbutcare

    friend of mine went to Roosevelt HS, related to me this anecdote I can slightly verify 'cuz I played some HS Sports (GO MULES!) against the Rough Riders of Roosevelt...anyhoo, if you went to a public HS, chances are you recall getting textbooks handed to you by the teacher, yeah? The way my buddy told it, he's flipping through his 9th grade(?...we 'wuz high) Biology book, trying to affix the cover-and-spine saving brown paper bag to the already dilapidated textbook, when, lo' and behold, while glancing at the names previously written onto the tome, he finds his mom's (maiden and first, I suppose) name.<br> <br> And I know what some prankster of jokester is thinking ('cuz, well, I asked him right off)..."Well, being black your moms must've had you at, what, 12 or so?" {this is where I should tell ya'll that we were very good friends, 'cuz while I'm a big dude, my man dwarfed me, and I wouldn't dare say anything like that unless we were good enough boys to get away with that type of smacktalk).<br> <br> Turns out she was around 20 when she had him and he was, what, I guess 14 or so when he entered the 9th grade? Regardless of the fuzzy math, it had been 30+years since the students had received new text books. 30 years.<br> <br> I'm amazed anyone made it out of there, much less the interesting list of cats you mentioned Herc. If I'm not mistaken (and I haven't lived at home in, since, forever, so this could be BS) but I think the State took over running the school sometime in the mid to late 1990's.<br> <br> oh and Grando, Lipton is a fucking travesty of a joke, but his interview with Dave Chappelle was one of the better interview sessions, like, ever. I can see Dave, and James, doing well here. Plus, Eddie's pretty good in Dreamgirls...

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Eddie should do a 20-day long Q&A with AICN.

    by Julius Dithers

    Could Sly arrange that one like how he hooked up Eddie with the first Beverly Hills Cop?

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Beverly Hills Cop 3 is atrocious as is

    by emeraldboy

    Vampire in brooklyn, Daddy day care, Pluto Nash and i would have included The haunted house, I saw that recently, not bad. Dr doolittle movies are debtable because some people really like those movie and then there is that religious comedy he did a while ago, awful stuff, i think it was called the guru. Then there is that movie he did with Martin Lawrence. Again some really like that film.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 5:30 a.m. CST


    by Tubbs Tattsyrup

    It was called Holy Man. And boy, did it suck. I still say Eddie Murphy + Quentin Tarantino = Career Revival. Please oh please. Some day...

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 6:14 a.m. CST

    So his favorite curse doesn't exist, eh?

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Oh, and don't even think of doing a Sly AICN Answer Marathon with *this* dolt. He's an annoying tool, about half as funny as Heinrich Himmler.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 6:26 a.m. CST

    There's some strong Eddie hate here!

    by kinghenryVIII

    But what happened to the guy? I watch the SNL best of atleast once a month. I used to have the bootleg back in 1989 - VHS copied from a 7-11 in Ocean City Maryland, but have recently upgraded, and that never gets dull. And I thought The Klumps was pretty damn funny, if not the only good thing he's done in years. Can't stand the donkey shtick he does in Shrek- too damn much energy bordering on annoyance. I guess it's fair to let the insults fly for my Klumps remark. I earned it.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 7:15 a.m. CST

    im def gonna DVR this shit tonite

    by triplefive

    The Chappelle episode of Actor's Studio was damn interesting, and two hours long to boot

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 7:14 a.m. CST

    No invisotext?!?

    by chrth

    Very disappointing

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 7:57 a.m. CST

    30 year old Textbooks.....

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    As a teacher up in Canada, I find that story about the old text books a sad commentary on the US government's priorities. ONE F-22 costs $6 Million plus. Couldn't they just spend some more on education in the inner-cities and in general? I think that there definitely too much hateration going on with Eddie Murphy. I like Stallone, but his bombs rival Eddie Murphy's. In fact I think that Eddie had a better 90's than good ol'Sly. I find it unreasonable that people want Eddie Murphy of the 80's. RAW is seen as a high point for his comedic talent. But perhaps we should realize that a person changes as time passes by, and as such their career changes also.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 8:07 a.m. CST

    I think it's spelled, "queaf"

    by eppdude

    but I might be wrong

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 9:14 a.m. CST

    No BSG. No Heroes. No 24.

    by chrth

    Let's just shut down Coax for a few weeks.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    What? No Pluto Nash Sequel?!

    by biggles2_22

    Murphy at his post-tranny best, period! (!)

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    What no mention of...

    by Kid Z

    ... his "Free-Rainy Day-Rides-for-L.A. Area-Wayward-Transvestite-Prostitutes" charitable foundation???

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 10:46 a.m. CST

    last night on a special Actors Studio...

    by Datascream

    Eddie Murphy got in touch with his feelings and juggfuckled everyone. Thank you...good night.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Hey, guys...

    by emeraldboy

    I have just realised, the shrek writers are kocking the shite out of Eddie Murphy. Some find him funny but to the rest he is an annoying jackass. So someone cast him as a jackass. Genius.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Randy Watson: Let's hear for my band, Sexual Chocolate.

    by ptindy;read=1280

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 12:13 p.m. CST

    E. Murphy not as good as 3rd season BSG.

    by Diagnostic

    And Hiro would kick his tookus. :P

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Seriously, why does Eddie Murphy get a TB?

    by Darth Bauer

    Oh my god, ALL the members of Public Enemy went to his school at some time?! Why was this not on Oprah instead?!

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Hrm. I seem to recall this guy was funny once...

    by Childe Roland

    ...but his sense of entitlement/attitude far outstripped his skill set very quickly after he acheived a modicum of success. He was at hiks best when he was hungry. He was clearly smart and edgy and angry, and he brought some of that to his comedy, but eventually he figured he'd paid his dues (at the ripe young age of about 25) and fuck anyone who doesn't like what I have to say or do. You want to see what Eddie could've become if he'd maintained a bit of perspective and some sense of humility. Check out Chris Rock. Eddie may be worth more on paper, but you couldn't trade me a hundred eddies for one Chris.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 1:48 p.m. CST

    "that boy is good."

    by sonnyhooper

    "mm-humm good and terrible."

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Taking his time with Bev Cop 4 becuz three sucked?

    by Spandau Belly

    Why not try the same strategy with the Shrek franchise?

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Eddie's Problem

    by BobParr

    Most comedic leading men have a short shelf life. They eventually get boring. Look at Jim Carrey. I can't even tolerate him anymore. That one TBer made a great point about Eddie's Tranny problem. Right after that incident he started doing these bland, vanilla movies. He's become the black Bob Saget. The problem is Eddie Murphy is wasting his talent.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 2:26 p.m. CST

    One Voice,

    by Novaman5000

    In his defense, there's alot of talk that she trapped him into the pregnancy- said she was on birth control and wasn't so he would knock her up. If that's true, I can totally understand him being pissed about it.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Childe Roland: Chris Rock's Movie Career..

    by DarfurOnTheRocks rather mediocre at best. Chris Rock is a funny stand-up comedian. However, his style does not translate well to the big screen. Say what you will about Eddie Murphy, his filmography holds up better than Chris Rock's.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by la_sith

    I would love to see a student ask him "Is it ok to pick up tranny hookers if you're just trying to help shim out?"

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST

    I'll pretend

    by purplemonkeydw

    no one just discounted Chris Rock's work in the great 'Pootie Tang'. Wha-da-taw.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 3:51 p.m. CST

    No defense for him.

    by mrfan

    I don't care if a woman says she has birth control. No glove. No love. Simple as that. Nothing he can do about it now. Now he just has another mouth to feed to the other 15 he has.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Vampire in Brooklyn vs Golden Child - discuss

    by Doctor_Sin

    And how do each stack up to Coming to America? When did his lousy ass start getting unfunny? Oh yeah - two words: FAMILY COMEDIES.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Go away Lipton!

    by Manatee

    That is all.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Carrey has denied that he is a NBF of

    by emeraldboy

    Tom Cruise and his wife. Goodbye jim it was nice knowing you.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 7:39 p.m. CST

    He should play the new Mr. Terrific

    by Big Bad Clone

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 8:06 p.m. CST

    I liked Harlem Nights

    by proper

    And Dr Dolittle,Sorry everybody, flog me brother Numpsy.Where is a new Chris Rock special anyway???????.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Is this show still on?

    by zacdilone

    I like the Aaron Sorkin version better.

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Lipton should ask.....

    by BigTuna

    "In 1994 You amazed us all by picking up that Tranny to help her out".

  • Dec. 18, 2006, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Does he talk about the she-male he picked up?

    by Doctor_Sin


  • Dec. 18, 2006, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Well damn

    by SeVen Higgins

    Harlem Nights is one of my favorite Eddie Murphy movies. Some of my favorite lines: "Bitch, I'm not playin'. You gonna be the nine-toe havingest, limpin'est bitch in Harlem, you don't put that razor away!" RP: "So how was your date?" EM: "I killed her!" RP: "Oh you tore the pussy up?" EM: "Naw man, I killed her..I shot her!" RP: "Was the pussy that bad?" "Just because your last name is Heroin, doesn't mean you have to sell it!" RP: "Hey little man take it easy, everything is going to be O.K., gimme five!" Young EM: "I ain't giving you shit!" DL: "Bennie! Why the fuck you leave nothing but a swallow of Orange Juice in the refridgerator? It don't make no sense, to leave nothing but a swallow!" RF: "Bitch! Swallow it and shut the fuck up!" ....yeah Vera is such a sweet and sensitive lady... "Ohhhh you want to hit people with a trash can...nowwwww I gots to cut ya!" JJ: P-P-P-P-unk B-B-B-B..Ass..B-B-B-Bi... RP: "It's O.K. Jack, I know. These are from memory so I am sure I jacked some of them up. Really underated movie. RIP to all the great comic legends in the movie. Is Della Reese's fat ass still alive?

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 1:51 a.m. CST

    SeVen Higgins

    by proper

    jokes.Della Reese,thats it,a funny lady for sure,the pinky toe bit made me laugh anyway,not a perfect film by any means but it had its moments.Looks like a 2 man army situation =>

  • Dec. 19, 2006, 11:22 a.m. CST

    anybody have a torrent of this?

    by BEARison Ford

    haven't seen any floating around.

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 4:54 a.m. CST

    no. '4' reminds some Asians of death and they fear it..

    by Shan

    .. right? With Beverly Hills Cop 4, Rambo 4, Die Hard 4 ... They might be onto something here ...

  • Dec. 20, 2006, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Eddie not only touches on past and present...

    by Cruel_Kingdom

    but also on shemale balls.

  • Dec. 21, 2006, 10:19 p.m. CST

    "Every time I start talkin' 'bout boxin,"

    by NC Blue

    "a white man got to pull Rocky Marciano out they ass." Sadly, I fear there may be no way to recapture the magic. There was a flash of hope with The Nutty Professor (a movie that had nothing to lose with a remake...the original wasn't that good), and what I think made that work was the interplay between the characters, especially all the ones that Murphy plays. That sort of thing isn't really possible in a safer family movie, since fast-flying jokes and kids don't really mix. We're left with physical gags which isn't really Eddie Murphy's forte anyway. Dr. Doolittle was decent for what it was, but honestly it's like seeing someone like Christopher Walken in shite like The Country Bears. Like plating a toilet paper holder with gold when brass would suffice.

  • Dec. 22, 2006, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Oh, you can stand in the

    by FlickChick

    Oh, you can stand in the corner for saying "...Flava Flav and the rest of Public Enemy". Yeah, name the one who turned into a minstrel and made a mockery of P.E.'s legacy.

  • Dec. 23, 2006, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Of course there's no mention of the She-male

    by snomusic

    Have you forgotten that Inside the Actor's uh, Studio is basically a love-fest, puffball interview? Besides, ya gotta admit - some shemales are hot - look at this one - and this one I mean really hot Actually I don't think there was much wrong with Harlem Nights. I do find it weird that he idolizes Elvis, but loves making racial jokes. Or is that just another IMDb goof? Anyway, I'll apologize in advance for the pics to avoid flames. I was just tryin' ta be slightly funny.

  • Dec. 24, 2006, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Bad career moves aside

    by caerlas

    Eddie Murphy will never lose his status as a comedy legend. Like many fans, I keep my fingers crossed that he will put something out that blows the lid off of theaters with laughter. The last time he did that was "Coming to America." I'm waiting for something to top that.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by Syd Mead

    Murphy's first stand up video Delirious is one DVD I'll buy if it ever gets out of the hands of the lawyers. 20 some years later it is still one of the funniest concerts, that I have not seen topped. If Sly can get kudos for Copland for being one bright spot in a rather dragged out career, give Eddie Murpky his role in Bowfinger as it was also a small role that shined his talents.