Eddie Murphy Jokes About Acting Break: ‘They’re Giving Me Razzies’

Eddie Murphy is back like it’s 1988 with Coming 2 America hit Amazon Prime Video last Friday, so it’s easy to forget that the comedy icon was on hiatus not too long ago.

On Monday, Murphy’s episode of Marc Maron Podcast was released, and with it, the reasoning behind his decision to take a break from play (68:30 minutes).

“I had stopped doing movies in 2011, I was like, ‘Let me take a break from movies,'” Murphy said. “I was doing these s—y movies. It’s not fun. They give me Razzies. I think these m—f—rs gave me the worst actor ever Razzie. It was like, ‘Maybe it’s time to take a break.'”

The 59-year-old continued: “I was only going to take a break for a year, then suddenly six years have passed, and I’m sitting on the couch, and I’m like, ‘Hey, I know, I could kinda sit on this couch and not get off it, but I’m not leaving it [with] the last bunch of bullshit they saw me do was bullshit’, so it was like, ‘Let me get off the couch and remind them I’m funny.'”

First of all, Murphy’s memory has served him well. The Golden Raspberry Awards, infamously known as the Razzies and awarded annually to the “worst cinematic underachievers”, recognized him as the worst actor of the decade in 2010.

He redeemed himself, literally, by winning the Razzie Redeemer Award for his performance as Rudy Ray Moore in the 2019 Netflix drama Dolemite is my name.

Helen D. Jessen