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Eddie Murphy to star as Marion Barry for Spike Lee

Dec. 9, 2011by:

Back during his promotional tour for TOWER HEIST, Eddie Murphy vowed that his days of filming family-friendly comedies were behind him telling Rolling Stone, "I don't have any interest in that right now...I'm trying to do some edgy stuff."

Staying true to his word, Murphy is attached to star in a biopic of former Washington, DC Marion Barry for director Spike Lee. The project is being set-up as an HBO Original Movie, which means the out-of-the-box performance from Murphy wouldn't be eligible for Oscar consideration.

Berry was the mayor of DC from 1979 to 1991, leaving office after being arrested in 1990 for crack cocaine use and possession. After serving only six-months for various crimes, Berry was released and ran again for mayor in 1994 with the campaign slogan, "He May Not Be Perfect, But He's Perfect for D.C." He surprisingly won the election just three short years after being caught smoking crack on video while in office. (In 2005 he tested positive for marijuana and crack again, proving his troubles were far from over.)

Should the project move forward, both Murphy and Lee would executive produce the film. Lee seems busy setting up his OLDBOY remake but Murphy hasn't decided his first post-Oscar-host move.

Source: THR

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9:21AM on 12/09/2011

bring on Beverly Hills Cop 4!!

Great news! I truly understand his desire to make some films his kids can watch, but it's nice to get the old Murphy back. I'd be very interested to see what Lee and Murphy can come up with!!
Great news! I truly understand his desire to make some films his kids can watch, but it's nice to get the old Murphy back. I'd be very interested to see what Lee and Murphy can come up with!!
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9:32AM on 12/09/2011
Dammit Spike! Don't do a biopic of a crack smoking Mayor. Unless this guy accomplished something (which I can't recall), then Spike needs to leave this one alone. I remember growing up hearing about Marion Barry and the guy was the punchline of everyone's jokes. If he must do a African American biopic, I'm sure he can find a better role model. I would much rather see a Condoleezza Rice film, than one about Marion Barry. ...WTF, Spike!
Dammit Spike! Don't do a biopic of a crack smoking Mayor. Unless this guy accomplished something (which I can't recall), then Spike needs to leave this one alone. I remember growing up hearing about Marion Barry and the guy was the punchline of everyone's jokes. If he must do a African American biopic, I'm sure he can find a better role model. I would much rather see a Condoleezza Rice film, than one about Marion Barry. ...WTF, Spike!
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9:40AM on 12/10/2011
I understand your disappointment but that doesn't mean it has to be a bad movie. Why can't it be about the man and his demons? Why can't it be about a man's personal struggles? A man who's mayor of the city of the founding fathers but lives in a dark abyss of crack addiction? Why does it always have to be a happy story? I personally would so much rather see this than a movie about fuckin' Condoleezza Rice. Fuck Condaleeza Rice. Fuck Barry too. I'm just sayin'. But I do get you want a movie that
I understand your disappointment but that doesn't mean it has to be a bad movie. Why can't it be about the man and his demons? Why can't it be about a man's personal struggles? A man who's mayor of the city of the founding fathers but lives in a dark abyss of crack addiction? Why does it always have to be a happy story? I personally would so much rather see this than a movie about fuckin' Condoleezza Rice. Fuck Condaleeza Rice. Fuck Barry too. I'm just sayin'. But I do get you want a movie that would portray someone in a positive light, someone who's a role model and I can totally dig that...
6:26PM on 12/09/2011
I wonder if they will include that infamous quote caught on tape for all the world to hear as he was busted. "The b#$ch set me up."
I wonder if they will include that infamous quote caught on tape for all the world to hear as he was busted. "The b#$ch set me up."
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9:46AM on 12/10/2011

Damn you Mike and your never failing typos. One Word: Proofread. lol j/k

Anyway... I'm on board with this. I wouldn't mind seeing Eddie take on a serious role and delve deep into a dark, gritty role like this. Hopefully Spike could make the role look more 25th Hour and less Do The Right Thing.
Anyway... I'm on board with this. I wouldn't mind seeing Eddie take on a serious role and delve deep into a dark, gritty role like this. Hopefully Spike could make the role look more 25th Hour and less Do The Right Thing.
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