Eddie Murphy is a busy dude. He’s returning to host a highly anticipated “Saturday Night Live” this weekend for the first time in 35 years, and he’s on the awards circuit doing chores to promote his wonderful Netflix comedy film “Dolemite Is My Name,” for which he is a Best Actor Academy Awards contender. Recently, Murphy stopped by “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” ahead of his “SNL” gig, and the stand-up comedian turned actor shared a surprising story about his connection to Robert Zemeckis’ groundbreaking animated film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” from 1988. Watch the full Jimmy Fallon conversation below.
First, Fallon asked Murphy to confirm the lore that Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wanted him to star in the original “Ghostbusters,” from 1984. “Yes, because I did ‘Beverly Hills Cop,'” he said to the audience. “It wasn't like I turned it down, in as much as I wasn't available because I did this other movie. The only movie that I have turned down that became a big hit was ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’…I was going to be the Bob Hoskins dude,” Murphy said. “I was like, what? Animation and people sounds like bullshit to me. Now every time I see it, I feel like an idiot.”
Indeed, the live-action-animated noir hybrid “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” not only topped $329 million at the box office, it also won three Academy Awards in recognition of its unique visual and sound effects.
Murphy also talked about how Marlon Brando called and asked to have dinner with him after the release of “48 Hours,” Wer Hill’s 1982 action thriller. Murphy said that during their meeting, Brando reenacted one of his tough-guy scenes. “Damn, Marlon Brando!”
Murphy also talked about an encounter with Prince at the pop star’s mansion: “It was two or three in the morning and we were at his house and Prince asks, 'Who wants to go roller skating?' I was like, 'What?' We went to this roller rink at three in the morning,” Murphy said. “You know how some sneakers, when you walk they would light up? He had skates that when he skated, they would light up.”
For Craig Brewer’s 1970s-set “Dolemite Is My Name,” Murphy recently nabbed a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy.
Eddie Murphy feels 'like an idiot' to this day for turning down a role over 30 years ago. In the 1980s, Murphy could do no wrong. He went from stand up, to Saturday Night Live, to a huge movie career, and ended up with some of the most legendary comedy specials of all time. Movies like 48 Hours, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America, and more set the comedian on his way. However, there's one Disney project he wishes he would have said yes to during that time.
During a new interview, Eddie Murphy was asked about certain aspects of his career that have practically turned into myths. Everything from having an intense dinner with Marlon Brando to bizarre Prince stories were proven to be true. Murphy was then asked about turning down the original Ghostbusters, which he says is true, though he didn't really turn it down, he was just too busy making Beverly Hills Cop. This had Murphy admitting that he did turn down Disney's Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which he regrets to this day.
Eddie Murphy says he was going to play the Eddie Valiant role in Who Framed Roger Rabbit that Bob Hoskins ended up taking on. 'Now, every time I see it, I feel like an idiot,' says Murphy. He went on to say, 'I was like, 'What? Animation and people, that just sound like bullsh*t to me.'' While it may not have been what Eddie Murphy wanted to do at the time, the movie went on to be a huge success and it's one of the only regrets that the comedian has in his long career.
Bob Hoskins was the perfect choice for the Who Framed Roger Rabbit role of Eddie Valiant. However, one can easily picture Eddie Murphy taking it on too, though it would have been much different. Director Robert Zemeckis' spent $70 million to make the movie, which went on to earn $329.8 million worldwide. In other words, it was a pretty big success upon its release and it is still a big movie today, thanks to the groundbreaking animation techniques, along with strong performances from the cast.
Eddie Murphy is currently out promoting Dolemite is My Name and was promoting his SNL appearance from over the weekend. Murphy is on a roll right now and his hosting gig was a success as he graced the SNL stage for the first time in over 30 years. He seemed to be enjoying himself and even got into some hot water with Bill Cosby after making a joke about America's former Dad. Regardless, Murphy is back in action and preparing to hit the standup circuit again, which may result in a Netflix special. You can watch the interview with Eddie Murphy below, thanks to the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon YouTube channel.
The Golden Raspberry Awards – which must have, at one point, been an enjoyable thing to someone, somewhere – are back, and the organization has once again chosen the most obvious and frankly boring choice for its top prize. Director Tom Hooper‘s Cats was the big “winner” of the night, taking home a total of six Razzies, including the Worst Picture of the year prize. Eddie Murphy also won a Razzie – but his win was actually a positive thing. Read on for the full list of winners below.
Razzie Awards 2020 Winners
Worst Picture The Fanatic The Haunting of Sharon Tate Cats Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral Rambo: Last Blood
Worst Actor James Franco, Zeroville David Harbour, Hellboy Matthew McConaughey, Serenity Sylvester Stallone, Rambo: Last Blood John Travolta, The Fanatic and Trading Paint
Worst Actress Anne Hathaway, The Hustle and Serenity Hilary Duff, The Haunting of Sharon Tate Francesca Hayward, Cats Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral as “Madea” Rebel Wilson, The Hustle
Worst Supporting Actor James Corden, Cats Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral as “Joe” Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral as “Uncle Heathrow” Seth Rogen, Zeroville Bruce Willis, Glass
Worst Supporting Actress Jessica Chastain, Dark Phoenix Cassi Davis, A Madea Family Funeral Judi Dench, Cats Fenessa Pineda, Rambo: Last Blood Rebel Wilson, Cats
Worst Director Fred Durst, The Fanatic James Franco, Zeroville Adrian Grunberg, Rambo: Last Blood Neil Marshall, Hellboy Tom Hooper, Cats
Worst Screenplay Andrew Cosby, Hellboy Tyler Perry, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral Danial Farrands, The Haunting of Sharon Tate Lee Hall and Tom Hooper, Cats Matthew Cirulnick and Sylvester Stallone, Rambo: Last Blood
Worst Screen Combo
John Travolta and Any Screenplay He Accepts Any Two Half-Feline/Half-Human Hairballs, Cats Sylvester Stallone and His Impotent Rage, Rambo: Last Blood Tyler Perry and Tyler Perry or Tyler Perry, A Madea Family Funeral Jason Derulo and His CGI-Neutered “Bulge”, Cats
Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel Dark Phoenix Godzilla: King of the Monsters Rambo: Last Blood A Madea Family Funeral Hellboy
Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property Rambo: Last Blood Dragged Across Concrete Hellboy The Haunting of Sharon Tate Joker
The Razzie Redeemer Award Will Smith, Aladdin Keanu Reeves, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum and Toy Story 4 Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
The Razzie Redeemer Award seems strangely out of character for this awards show because of how it honors positivity instead of wallowing in the cinematic muck of each year, but since Murphy didn’t earn an Oscar nomination for his work in Dolemite, I’m...