Was shocked to actually find this online – one of my all time favorites from Eddie Murphy’s epic time on Saturday Night Live. I especially love the “You made a movie about pimps and there ain’t no brothers in it? I don’t know whether to thank you or punch you in the mouth!” line.
Which leads me to this essay I wrote a while back about Eddie and his current life path
Party all the Time – Eddie Murphy
I’m totally frustrated with Eddie Murphy, and this song has absolutely nothing to do with it. I actually think it’s a hundred times more credible than anything Bruce Willis, Don Johnson, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, etc, etc, etc, etc.
Here’s why I’m enraged with Eddie. When Britney Spears sells out, really who cares? When Elton John sells out, really who cares? Hell, even when Robert DeNiro sells out, it’s all part of the ballgame I hate but understand.
But Eddie is different to me. Saturday Night Live is still on the air because of Eddie Murphy and the absurdly enormous amount of talent he possesses. In the early 80’s four guys watched that show for Joe Piscopo, and the rest of the nation screamed fuck this sketch when is Eddie going to be back on? Coming to America is to me the greatest black comedy ever made. Aside from keeping a music career afloat there is nothing he can’t do, and I idolized him for it.
Eddie once spoke out against the Oscars at the Oscars. Eddie once considered doing August Wilson’s Fences with James Earl Jones.
William Goldman, who wrote Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, once said that you could tell how much a film maker had sold out by the number of sequels they had been part of, since the sequel more often than not is simply a way to cash in on a once promising idea. Eddie Murphy has more money than God, and as far as I know no actor has ever appeared in more sequels, not even C3PO and R2D2. Eddie Murphy didn’t appear in a dramatic role until Dreamgirls, just a rehash of the ol’ James Brown Hot Tub Party routine, was nominated for an Oscar and immediately went back to making trash. How much money does he need? Like I said he can do anything artistically, I just wish he hadn’t decided to be king of semi-naughty children’s movies.