Actor Eddie Murphy says he “can’t imagine” wanting to do more movies again once he goes back to doing stand-up.
Murphy made a comeback last week with the Rudy Ray Moore biopic “Dolemite Is My Name” which has been drawing very good reviews and plenty of praise for Murphy’s performance. He’s also in the midst of filming the “Coming to America” sequel which now looks like it could be a swan song of sorts.
Murphy announced a return to stand-up earlier this year and isn’t worried about today’s political and social climate impacting his comedy routines, but admits his act will also have changed a bit. He tells WSJ that:
“Last time I did stand-up I was 27 years old. I look at some of my old stuff and cringe. Sometimes I’m like, I can’t believe I said that! I’m 58 now so I don’t think I’m gonna approach it the same way.”
He also says that moviemaking has lost any major appeal for him with age.
“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… Once I get back onstage again, I want to do whatever, be funny – I can do that whenever I want to. You know? But making movies? 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.'”
Murphy is rumored to have signed a deal with Netflix worth over $70 million to do a stand up special for next year.