Eddie Murphy “can’t imagine wanting to do movies again”

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As things stand, the Coming To America sequel may just be Eddie Murphy’s final film – at least for a while.

Even his most ardent of fans would have to concede that Eddie Murphy’s film career has been on the chequered side. Whilst there have been sizeable hits and successes, his talent was also deployed on what at one time seemed a never-ending supply of pretty poor family comedies.

However, he’s very much on a high at the moment, thanks to his acclaimed performance in Dolemite Is My Name, that’s now playing on Netflix. He’s also filmed belated sequel Coming 2 America, and there’s ongoing talk of Beverly Hills Cop 4.

Yet perhaps the biggest headline grabber is Murphy’s confirmed return to stand-up comedy, for the first time since his 20s. And it looks as if that’s going to be at the expense of making more movies.

Chatting to the Wall Street Journal, he said that “once I get back on stage, I kind of feel like that’s what I was born to do more than anything. When I get back on the stage, I can’t imagine wanting to do movies again”.

He added that doing stand-up in his late 50s he can do whatever he wants, but “being an old dude in the movies? That’s not it. Let them watch me get old, get all old looking. Like, ‘you see Eddie’s new movie? He looks terrible’”.

A stand-up special is said to be heading to Netflix next year, which is when Coming 2 America heads to cinemas.

More as we hear it.

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