Eddie Murphy Admits He Was Making 'S****y' Movies For A Few Years
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Eddie Murphy has admitted he decided to take a break from acting after appearing in too many 's****y movies', having been lumped with several Razzie nominations during a 10-year period.
Murphy, 59, appeared on Marc Maron's WTF podcast to look back on his iconic career, revealing he decided to step back from acting for a while after several film roles left him feeling less than proud of his work.
During his career, Murphy has received a total of eight nominations for Golden Raspberry 'Razzie' Awards - a parody award show that honours the worst films and performances of the year - thanks to films including The Adventures of Pluto Nash, I Spy, Showtime, Norbit, Meet Dave, Imagine That and A Thousand Words.
Since then, however, he's been slightly more selective with his film roles - having even once decided to step back from the industry for a while.
He said: "The plan was - 'cause I had stopped making movies in 2011 - I was like, 'Let me take a break from movies'.
"Because I was making these s****y movies, and it was like, 'This s*** ain't fun.' They're giving me Razzies; I think these motherf***ers gave me the Worst Actor Ever Razzie or some s***.
"It's like, 'Maybe it's time to take a break?"
Laughing through his interview with Maron, Murphy didn't seem bitter about what happened - more so that he took it as a bit of a learning curve.
He continued: "When you get the Worst Actor Ever Razzie? Maybe I need to pull back.
"I was only going to take a break for a year and then all of a sudden six years go by, and I'm sitting on the couch and [thinking], 'You know, I could sit on this couch and not get off it, but I don't wanna leave it, the last bunch of s*** [audiences] seen me do was bulls***'.
"So, I was like, 'Let me get off the couch and do some stuff and remind 'em that I'm funny and if I wanna return to the couch, I could do that'."
Thankfully, Murphy was eventually vindicated when he featured in 2020's Dolemite Is My Name, which secured him a raft of awards and nominations - including the Razzie Redeemer Award.
Now he's also starring in Coming 2 America on Amazon Prime, which is the sequel to 1998's hugely popular comedy Coming to America.