Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

American actor and comedian (born 1961)
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  • The thing about kids is that they express emotion. They don't hold back. If they want to cry, they cry, and if they are in a good mood, they're in a good mood.
  • In the original script, my character was a basketball player rather than a boxer. I didn't think I could pull that off. I'm a little short to be a basketball player!
  • I'm 42 and the age of a guy who has kids, so I guess I'm playing right where I'm supposed to be. I'm comfortable with that, but in the same breath I'd do something edgy. If someone came to me and offered me an edgy and funny story, then I'd do it.
  • I've made 30 movies and for the most part my movies work. In a business where success is an exception and not the rule, I've mostly been successful.
  • In a movie like this, the relationship between the two guys is crucial. It sinks or swims on how these two guys are together. I think we did a good job.
  • You know, making a movie is a collaborative effort and sometimes all the ingredients don't work out. I know that every now and again I am going to make a movie that won't work.
  • If I don't die in a plane crash or something, this country has a rare opportunity to watch a great talent grow.
  • I don't think more concentration is required for Robert De Niro to do what he does as for Jim Carrey to do what he does.
  • I've always had confidence. It came because I have lots of initiative. I wanted to make something of myself.
  • The economy in Ireland has been rampaging ahead for the last 15 years. Barring an international, political or natural catastrophe, things can only get better for the Irish.
  • I'd like to produce, direct, write, score, and star in a film in exactly the way Chaplin did. I'll do that before I'm thirty.
  • I'm relaxed about my career. I've been making movies for over 20 years, so I've earned at least the right to relax.
  • The only reason I did "Showtime" was Robert De Niro. I definitely consider him to be in top 5 all time best actors.
  • I keep telling people I'll make movies until I'm fifty and then I'll go and do something else. I'm going to be a professional gentleman of leisure.
  • The advice I would give to someone is to not take anyone's advice.
  • If you're involved in with something that's original, you know, you'll always go back and try to rehash it.
  • "That's my idol, Elvis Presley. If you went to my house, you'd see pictures all over of Elvis. He's just the greatest entertainer that ever lived. And I think it's because he had such presence. When Elvis walked into a room, Elvis Presley was in the f---ing room. I don't give a f--- who was in the room with him, Bogart, Marilyn Monroe".
  • (Asked why he accepted Best Defense (1984)): "The door opened and four guys came in carrying a cheque."
  • I started out as an impressionist and that's all about observing - how people move, their voice quality, their attitudes and quirks.
  • Every bad decision I've made has been based on money. I grew up in the projects and you don't turn down money there. You take it, because you never know when it's all going to end. I made Cop III because they offered me $15 million. That $15 million was worth having Roger Ebert's thumb up my ass.
  • "I'd like to produce, direct, write, score, and star in a film in exactly the way (Charlie) Chaplin did. I'll do that before I'm thirty." - in 1985
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