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Dear So-and-So: Eddie Murphy

09.07.2010

“ Dear Eddie (can I call you Eddie?),

I was born in 1981, which was right around the time your career was taking off on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE . Of a relentlessly mediocre cast, you were the only bright spot (although Joe Piscopo did a mean Sinatra). Week after week, you were the only one that kept SNL relevant, and the few people that tuned in, did so only to see you. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that SNL probably wouldn’t have survived the early eighties had it not been for your involvement. People were willing to sit through ninety minutes of mediocre, to hopelessly bad sketches in the hope of seeing you pop up as Gumby, Buckwheat, James Brown, or- in the brilliant “Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood”.


Still, you were obviously carrying the rest of the cast- but luckily, people got wind of your incredible talent. Soon, 48 HRS came along, and changed everything. From your first appearance in the film, warbling “Roxanne” by The Police, you instantly stole the film from Nick Nolte. When you walked into the hillbilly bar about halfway through the film (never mind that Hillbilly bars probably didn’t exist in San Francisco, where this film is set), you instantly became THE comedy God of the eighties. There’s a reason why 48 HRS made close to $80 Million bucks at the box office, and it wasn’t Nolte.


It was so obvious that you were a star in the wake of 48 HRS , that you became to the only cast member in SNL history to host while still being part of the cast (yes, yes- I know you were filling in for a “sick” Nolte- who was probably lying in bed somewhere surrounded by empty bottles of Jack Daniels, and naked barmaids). Any thought that you might have been a one hit wonder was dismissed once TRADING PLACES opened, and grossed even more than 48 HRS. Then came, your concert film, DELIRIOUS- which stands, alongside the latter RAW, as one of the best stand-up films ever made. Sure, it was homophobic as all hell, but it was funny, and considering the attitudes of the time, not that much more offensive than what a lot of other comics, like Robin Williams were doing at the time.

In 1984, you finally got out of SNL, and made your biggest, and best film- BEVERLY HILLS COP. Here was a film where, for once, you weren’t paired with some white leading man, but instead got to carry the film on your own shoulders- which you did effortlessly. It was tailor made for your sensibilities, and twenty six years later, it stands as one of the greatest comedies ever made.

After that, the blockbusters just kept coming. THE GOLDEN CHILD was your next big hit. While it's not one of your better films, it still ended up one of the top grossing films of 1986.

The next year came another concert film, EDDIE MURPHY: RAW, which grossed $50 Million and stands as the highest grossing concert film of all time. You also made your first sequel, BEVERLY HILLS COP 2. While it wasn’t in quite the same league as the original film (producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer probably made a mistake having Tony Scott come on board and transform it into another TOP GUN), it still made a shitload of cash. In 1988, you reteamed with John Landis (TRADING PLACES), and made COMING TO AMERICA, which teamed you with Rock Baker for the first time, and allowed you to play a variety of characters, including an old white man. It had a lot of great moments, and was another R-Rated smash.

But then came HARLEM NIGHTS. Oh Eddie, no one can blame you for that film. You were just too big a star then to resist the temptation of a vanity project that you’d direct, as well as star in. It paired you with mentors Richard Pryor, and Redd Foxx, but the film did not come together, and was your first disappointment. Next was ANOTHER 48 HRS, but it was obvious you were just phoning it in, as was Nolte, and director Walter Hill. It did OK business, but it was the first sign that something was going wrong with your career.


You bounced back with the $70 Million grossing BOOMERANG, but it’s attempt to refashion you into a Cary Grant-style leading man didn’t really gel with the public, and your next film, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN flopped. You’re career seemed over after the back to back flops, BEVERLY HILLS COP 3, and VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN, and many thought the age of Eddie Murphy was over.

You proved them wrong in 1996 with THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, which was a smash, and led to a sequel, KLUMPS: THE NUTTY PROFESSOR 2. You had another smash with DR. DOOLITLE, and it’s sequel, but it seemed like you were no longer the Eddie Murphy we all grew up with. BOWFINGER proved you were just as funny as ever, and the under-rated METRO also proved you could still carry an action flick.

You’re career stalled again with PLUTO NASH (which stands as one of the biggest flops of all time), and I SPY, but then you had a big hit with DADDY DAY CARE. And this is when you stopped being Eddie Murphy, and became a Bill Cosby clone.

Oh Eddie, what happened? Were you sick of the fickle audiences paying more attention to the tabloids, and your marital troubles than your films? Was it all only ever about the money? There was a glimmer of the old Eddie Murphy in DREAMGIRLS, but then came the triple threat of NORBIT, MEET DAVE, and IMAGINE THAT.

The thing is, you’re just as talented as ever. DREAMGIRLS proved that, but you blowing off Bill Condon’s planned Richard Pryor bio-pic due to a salary dispute rubbed a lot of us hardcore fans the wrong way. Don’t you have enough money? Why not do one for the fans? As for BEVERLY HILLS COP 4- why bother? Didn’t COP 3 prove that franchise was dead?

I truly think you could come back, and re-establish yourself- not as a 21st century Bill Cosby, but as Eddie Murphy. Why not hit the road and do some stand-up, and after that do another good R-Rated comedy? I know a lot of your fans would be lining up to see you in concert, or in a new, GOOD film. A good start would be to give Bill Condon a call, and FINALLY get cracking on the Richard Pryor bio-pic- paycheck be damned.

It that doesn't work out, then why not try generating your own material with your brother Charlie. Heck, it worked back in the eighties, it can work again now. Maybe a good action-comedy, with emphasis on the comedy (just please, no PG-13).

It’s not too late Eddie. Don’t write yourself off, as it seems you’ve done lately. You’re still one of the funniest guys to ever hit the silver screen, and considering you're not even 50, you've still got years ahead of you to rebuild your legacy.

Don't let us down. The world needs Eddie Murphy!

Sincerely,

Chris Bumbray,
JoBlo.com

Extra Tidbit: How big a star was Eddie Murphy in 1984/85? This is how big: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDbpzjbXUZI
Source: JoBlo.com

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4:04PM on 09/08/2010
I do remember when I absolutely loved Eddie Murphy. "Eddie Murphy's in this? Awesome lets see it" was a common thought process in the early 90's for me. Granted I was in grade school and shit, if that matters.

I would absolutely love an Eddie Murphy comeback, but honestly I think he's just soured my opinion of him too much for me to watch another film of his. If I did, and even if it was good, I think I'd just be enjoying it on the basis of "I'm nostalgic and this isn't total shit". I
I do remember when I absolutely loved Eddie Murphy. "Eddie Murphy's in this? Awesome lets see it" was a common thought process in the early 90's for me. Granted I was in grade school and shit, if that matters.

I would absolutely love an Eddie Murphy comeback, but honestly I think he's just soured my opinion of him too much for me to watch another film of his. If I did, and even if it was good, I think I'd just be enjoying it on the basis of "I'm nostalgic and this isn't total shit". I just don't think it would feel genuine.

Maybe he SHOULD just retire?
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10:58AM on 09/08/2010
In my opinion Chris Bumbray has been ass raping the credibility of reviews here on JoBlo with a pretty single-minded view concerning movies.
But with this article he couldn't be more on the spot. I was nodding my head the whole time I was reading it, I just hope Mr. Murphy agrees and follows suit.
In my opinion Chris Bumbray has been ass raping the credibility of reviews here on JoBlo with a pretty single-minded view concerning movies.
But with this article he couldn't be more on the spot. I was nodding my head the whole time I was reading it, I just hope Mr. Murphy agrees and follows suit.
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8:20AM on 09/08/2010

hmmm...

Couldn't agree more. He really has changed so much from the comedian we grew to love. Some for the better, Daddy Day Care truly was GREAT! But he needs to go back to his roots. His comedy gave birth to some amazing things. He needs to grab it back and take control of his own material and deliver us what we deserve!
Couldn't agree more. He really has changed so much from the comedian we grew to love. Some for the better, Daddy Day Care truly was GREAT! But he needs to go back to his roots. His comedy gave birth to some amazing things. He needs to grab it back and take control of his own material and deliver us what we deserve!
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7:54AM on 09/08/2010

I would love to see Beverly Hills cop 4! Michael Bay!

I agree somewhat with what the writer is saying, but I really liked Another 48 hrs, and I thought Beverly Hills Cop 2 was better than the original. I also really liked Norbit! Eddie as a big fat lady, and an old Chinese man was Hilarious! I also thought Harlem Nights was pretty funny and Vampire in Brooklyn was pretty good. As for his new stuff. I haven't seen Meet Dave or Imagine That(which was probably done for his daughter). If he does another Beverly Hills Cop he needs to get Michael Bay to
I agree somewhat with what the writer is saying, but I really liked Another 48 hrs, and I thought Beverly Hills Cop 2 was better than the original. I also really liked Norbit! Eddie as a big fat lady, and an old Chinese man was Hilarious! I also thought Harlem Nights was pretty funny and Vampire in Brooklyn was pretty good. As for his new stuff. I haven't seen Meet Dave or Imagine That(which was probably done for his daughter). If he does another Beverly Hills Cop he needs to get Michael Bay to direct! look what he did for Bad Boys!
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7:39AM on 09/08/2010

i agree but...

I agree completely with this article except for Beverly hills cop IV. Brett Ratner is the official director for the 4th one and he has said he wants to bring it back to it's rated R format. so i believe it's in eddies future. i mean Brett Ratner is an amazing director. look what he did with rush hour!
I agree completely with this article except for Beverly hills cop IV. Brett Ratner is the official director for the 4th one and he has said he wants to bring it back to it's rated R format. so i believe it's in eddies future. i mean Brett Ratner is an amazing director. look what he did with rush hour!
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7:45AM on 09/08/2010
an amazing director? I don't know if you can go that far!
an amazing director? I don't know if you can go that far!
7:35AM on 09/08/2010

i agree but...

I agree completely with this article except for Beverly hills cop IV. Brett Ratner is the official director for the 4th one and he has said he wants to bring it back to it's rated R format. so i believe it's in eddies future. i mean Brett Ratner is an amazing director. look what he did with rush hour!
I agree completely with this article except for Beverly hills cop IV. Brett Ratner is the official director for the 4th one and he has said he wants to bring it back to it's rated R format. so i believe it's in eddies future. i mean Brett Ratner is an amazing director. look what he did with rush hour!
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8:51PM on 09/07/2010

Umm...

Great article but - bless his heart - Charlie Murphy was partly responsible for both Vampire in Brooklyn and Norbit.
Great article but - bless his heart - Charlie Murphy was partly responsible for both Vampire in Brooklyn and Norbit.
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8:46PM on 09/07/2010
Charlie is fucking hilarious. Eddie used to be until Raw (although Coming To America is good too).
Charlie is fucking hilarious. Eddie used to be until Raw (although Coming To America is good too).
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6:05PM on 09/07/2010

EDDIE!

Eddie Murphy was/is/always will be the funniest man in the history of human civilization. A true genius.
Eddie Murphy was/is/always will be the funniest man in the history of human civilization. A true genius.
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5:39PM on 09/07/2010
I am probably going to get a LOT of negative comments for this and it probably has something to do with me not being born in the 80s, but I have never found Eddie Murphy's films funny. I admit I am a fan of Coming to America and his old stand up but besides that I really dislike him
I am probably going to get a LOT of negative comments for this and it probably has something to do with me not being born in the 80s, but I have never found Eddie Murphy's films funny. I admit I am a fan of Coming to America and his old stand up but besides that I really dislike him
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5:15PM on 09/07/2010

My idea:

What Eddie NEEDS to do is be a BAD GUY in some action film. Be the heavy in a film like 48hrs, and then BAM career rebirth!!!

BTW I don't think the problem with the Pryor biopic was $$$. It probably didn't suck enough for him to want to be in it...
What Eddie NEEDS to do is be a BAD GUY in some action film. Be the heavy in a film like 48hrs, and then BAM career rebirth!!!

BTW I don't think the problem with the Pryor biopic was $$$. It probably didn't suck enough for him to want to be in it...
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4:11PM on 09/07/2010

You forgot....

I will say that I agree with article completely but I have and always will love the movie Life...I just thought he was great in that...plus it's the only movie that has Martin Lawrence that I can actually stand.
I will say that I agree with article completely but I have and always will love the movie Life...I just thought he was great in that...plus it's the only movie that has Martin Lawrence that I can actually stand.
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4:06PM on 09/08/2010
Martin Lawrence was also pretty tolerable in Do the Right Thing.
Martin Lawrence was also pretty tolerable in Do the Right Thing.
3:14PM on 09/07/2010
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2:09PM on 09/07/2010

Funny article.

I bust out laughing when all the Eddie praising was halted by the big fonted words, "BUT THEN...".
I bust out laughing when all the Eddie praising was halted by the big fonted words, "BUT THEN...".
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12:27PM on 09/07/2010
These are the sentiments that I'm sure all Murphy fans have.

Good column, good read, but damn it is rife with spelling mistakes.
These are the sentiments that I'm sure all Murphy fans have.

Good column, good read, but damn it is rife with spelling mistakes.
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11:35AM on 09/07/2010
Eddie Murphy is a family oriented Conservative man who is guided by money, he's not interested in making slick edgy comedies anymore. He wants to make movies for his kids, now. The SNL Murphy is dead.
Eddie Murphy is a family oriented Conservative man who is guided by money, he's not interested in making slick edgy comedies anymore. He wants to make movies for his kids, now. The SNL Murphy is dead.
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2:35PM on 09/07/2010
At least we have the old Murphy films to watch. They will always be classics.
At least we have the old Murphy films to watch. They will always be classics.
11:25AM on 09/07/2010
I'm not sure you can accuse anyone of "phoning in" 'Another 48 Hours', because the theatrical release isn't the movie anyone involved set out to make - Hill's intended version was sliced to bits by the studio, if I remember correctly.
I'm not sure you can accuse anyone of "phoning in" 'Another 48 Hours', because the theatrical release isn't the movie anyone involved set out to make - Hill's intended version was sliced to bits by the studio, if I remember correctly.
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11:02AM on 09/07/2010

Harlem Nights

Don't hate, that film is down right fucking hilarious, but maybe its a "black thing."

Never-the-less, good column.
Don't hate, that film is down right fucking hilarious, but maybe its a "black thing."

Never-the-less, good column.
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10:55AM on 09/07/2010
Harlem Nights is one of my favorite Murphy films. I'm happy to be in the minority on this one. Good column btw.
Harlem Nights is one of my favorite Murphy films. I'm happy to be in the minority on this one. Good column btw.
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10:48AM on 09/07/2010

WTF?

ROCK BAKER!?!?!
ROCK BAKER!?!?!
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10:43AM on 09/07/2010
Awesome new column. The world needs the hard and raw Eddie Murphy.
Awesome new column. The world needs the hard and raw Eddie Murphy.
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10:47AM on 09/07/2010
Maybe you need Eddie Murphy "Raw & Hard". The rest of us are perfectly fine.
Maybe you need Eddie Murphy "Raw & Hard". The rest of us are perfectly fine.
10:07AM on 09/07/2010
OK, 1st - the first picture of that girl typing is just awesome. 2nd - I guess this is a new column? 3rd - One of the best articles I've read from Joblo.com. Maybe what Eddie Murphy needs is a stand-alone action movie or comedy movie that can show him what the man made of. Something like The Nutty Professor or Coming to America to reboot him.
OK, 1st - the first picture of that girl typing is just awesome. 2nd - I guess this is a new column? 3rd - One of the best articles I've read from Joblo.com. Maybe what Eddie Murphy needs is a stand-alone action movie or comedy movie that can show him what the man made of. Something like The Nutty Professor or Coming to America to reboot him.
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9:54AM on 09/07/2010

Chris Bumbray

you are the man for writing this.

you are the man for writing this.

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9:48AM on 09/07/2010
I agree that we need the "old" Eddie Back. The only thing I object is your description of "Harlem Nights." While it may not have been the most successful theatrically, where I am from, it has cult-status (as well as "Life.").
I agree that we need the "old" Eddie Back. The only thing I object is your description of "Harlem Nights." While it may not have been the most successful theatrically, where I am from, it has cult-status (as well as "Life.").
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1:20PM on 09/07/2010
I rfeally like "Life" one of the few he has done lately that is worth it.
I rfeally like "Life" one of the few he has done lately that is worth it.
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9:42AM on 09/07/2010
I like this column. I have a lot of letters to write. Spielberg, Fox Studios, Val Kilmer, Cuba Gooding Jr., I could go on for days.
I like this column. I have a lot of letters to write. Spielberg, Fox Studios, Val Kilmer, Cuba Gooding Jr., I could go on for days.
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9:40AM on 09/07/2010
This is a nice new column. Good read. And I can't even begin to imagine where you got that image with the girl and the typewriter. Weird doesn't even do it justice.
This is a nice new column. Good read. And I can't even begin to imagine where you got that image with the girl and the typewriter. Weird doesn't even do it justice.
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9:36AM on 09/07/2010
I prey Eddie Reads this but I also blame the Film Comedy Curse which Almost every Comedy Actor which starts off funny will eventually go too shit and make unfunny comedies.
I prey Eddie Reads this but I also blame the Film Comedy Curse which Almost every Comedy Actor which starts off funny will eventually go too shit and make unfunny comedies.
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