Why Did Eddie Murphy Retire?
“Trading Places.” “Coming to America.” Beverley Hills Cop There was a time when Eddie Murphy's movies were flawless.
After that, he was incapable of doing anything correctly. Murphy, 59, who is currently starring in the eagerly anticipated “Coming 2 America” sequel to his beloved 1988 comedy “Coming to America,” claimed that he purposefully stopped making movies in 2011 after a run of flops that garnered him Golden Raspberry Awards (also known as Razzies), which recognize the worst in film each year.
On Marc Maron's “WTF” podcast, Murphy claimed, “I was making these s——- movies.” “This s—- ain't fun, I thought. I'm getting Razzies from them. My mother presented me the Razzie for “worst actor ever,” as if to say, “Perhaps it's time to take a vacation.
The comedian, who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls,” had a modest profile in the next decade.
He wouldn't make another big-screen appearance after 2012's “A Thousand Words” until the drama “Mr. Church” in 2016 and made a comeback in “Dolemite Is My Name.” In 2019, he earned his first Emmy for hosting “Saturday Night Live,” to which he was also praised highly.
Murphy claimed that he had never anticipated his film hiatus to be so prolonged.
I had intended to take a year-long break, but suddenly six years had passed. Now that I'm sitting on the couch, I feel like I could stay there forever “said he. “However, I don't want to leave it there since the last thing they see me do is bulls—-, so let me get up from the couch and do something to show them that I'm still entertaining.
Then I could do that if I wanted to return to the couch, “Added he. “It was, therefore, the plan to perform “Dolemite,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Coming to America,” stand-up, and then assess how I felt afterward. Afterward, at least, they'll know am hilarious.