It’s been easy to write off Eddie Murphy for about a decade. There was a moment of hope when he turned in a strong dramatic performance in Dreamgirls, but then he went right back to making crappy family comedies. Murphy now tells Rolling Stone that he’s done with family films, Beverly Hills Cop IV (which he might turn into a TV series), and his stand-up hiatus.
If you want to rekindle your hope that Murphy may return to form, hit the jump for some encouraging quotes. Murphy will next be seen in Tower Heist (which looks less-than-encouraging) and he’ll be hosting the Oscars next year.
Regarding his dreaded family films, Murphy tells Rolling Stone:
“I don’t have any interest in that right now,” he says. “There’s really no blueprint, but I’m trying to do some edgy stuff. And I only want to do what I really want to do, otherwise I’m content to sit here and play my guitar all day. I always tell people now that I’m a semiretired gentleman of leisure, and occasionally I’ll go do some work to break the boredom up.”
Also, if you were dreading Beverly Hills Cop IV, you no longer have to worry about that either:
“They’re not doing it,” he says. “What I’m trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley’s son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I’d do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn’t be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong.”
It would be strange seeing the Foley character as the chief since that’s always the position of authority. However, it could open the door for some fun banter between the father and son. But I refuse to watch it if Judge Reinhold doesn’t co-star.
Finally, Murphy says he’s considering a return to stand-up:
“If I ever get back onstage, I’m going to have a really great show for you all,” he says. “An hour and a half of stand-up and about 40 minutes of my shitty band . . . But I haven’t done it since I was 27, so why fuck with it? But that’s just weighing both sides. It comes up too much for me to not do it again. It’s like, when it hits me, I’ll do it, eventually.”
That sounds pretty non-committal, but I’m curious to see if a positive reaction to his Oscars performance will spur him to return to the stage.