Hollywood star Eddie Murphy says he decided to take some time off films after winning multiple Razzie Awards, given to the worst movies and performances of the year.
The 59-year-old actor, known for films like Dr Dolittle, Beverly Hills Cop and his Golden Globe-winning turn in Dreamgirls, said the initial plan was to stay away from acting for a year but it soon turned into a six year-long hiatus.
Murphy returned to cinema with the critically acclaimed Dolemite Is My Name and he currently reprises his role of Akeem in Coming 2 America, the sequel to his 1988 hit.
“I was making s****y movies. I was like, ‘This s*** ain’t fun. They’re giving me Razzies… (So I thought), ‘Maybe it’s time to take a break’,” the actor said during an appearance on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast.
A nine-time Razzie Award nominee and three-time winner, Murphy was given a special prize for worst actor of the decade in 2010. He took a break from acting, only starring in the indie drama Mr Church between 2013 and 2018.
“I was only gonna take a break for a year, then all of a sudden six years go by, and I’m sitting on the couch, and I could sit on the couch and not get off it, but I don’t want to the last bunch of s*** they see me do (to be) b******t,” Murphy said.
“The plan was to go do Dolemite, Saturday Night Live, Coming 2 America, and then do stand-up and see how I felt afterwards. At least then they’ll know I’m funny.”
He rose to fame on the late-night sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL), for which he was a regular cast member from 1980 to 1984.
Last year, Murphy won his first Primetime Emmy Award for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for hosting SNL.
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