Last month Eddie Murphy made it clear that he wasn’t going to make Beverly Hills Cop 4 just for the money, stating “I’m not doing a Beverly Hills Cop unless they have a really incredible script.” At the time a lot of people wondered what his barometer for incredible was, and now many of them can rest easy in the knowledge that Murphy does not think Beverly Hills Cop 3 was “incredible.” At all.
In fact, he told Playboy that the film was “garbage.” Harsh words, but perhaps this means Murphy is looking to challenge himself again. He also backed off claims that the film will start shooting next month:
“I don’t think it’s gonna happen in March, but it is gonna be in Detroit. And before it happens, they’ve got to get that script right. That movie has to be right. The third Beverly Hills Cop was garbage. Those movies, when I travel overseas, people say [in a foreign accent] “Hey, Beverly Hills Cop! Axel Foley!” They call me that shit. All the movies I’ve done, and they call me that. If we do that movie, it has to be right. Not just thrown together to get a big check. I don’t need anymore of those.”
“I was gonna be in the pilot, and they thought I should be recurring. I’m not gonna do Beverly Hills Cop on TV. I remember when they tested it — they had this little knob that you turn if you like it or you don’t like it. So when Axel shows up in the pilot, some people turned the knob so much, they broke it. So the network decided “if he isn’t recurring, then this isn’t gonna happen.” So it didn’t happen… I just remember seeing it in the editing room. I remember this executive, when we were doing some promo stuff; he came in and said “Hey, can you do ‘the laugh’ [mimicks his own laugh] and then say ‘I’m back?’” I said, “That’s a horrible idea. They’ll think I’ve lost my mind! Eddie Murphy done gone crazy. He’s done that stupid laugh again and said he’s back.”
While there’s no way the lightning in a bottle that was the original Beverly Hills Cop happens again, I wouldn’t mind something on par with Beverly Hills Cop 2 popping up at some point.
Murphy also spoke about another film he has in the can called Cook, which was directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy):
“It’s really serious and sad. I play a cook who is also a musician. It’s about a guy who is hired to cook for this single mom who has a terminal disease. She’s supposed to be dying in six months, so he takes care of her and her daughter for six months, and what happens is she fights, and lives for six years. My character gets pulled into this family, this tragedy. It’s a true story and a really, really cool tearjerker.”
Looking forward to seeing what happens with that one as well. When Murphy’s on, he’s on.