Eddie Murphy is to retire from the movie business. Speaking to Extra TV, he professed: “I have close to 50 movies and it’s like ‘Why am I in the movies?’ I’ve done that part now. I’ll go back to the stage and do stand-up.”
While his words may come as some sweet relief to anyone who caught his recent comedy efforts such as Norbit, it is probably not the news that Fox was looking for. Its upcoming Murphy project Meet Dave (the film was retitled from Starship Dave, always a sign of quality) is rolling out pronto and Murphy’s defeatist attitude and negative words are unlikely to help the film for which critics have been sharpening their knives in anticipation. Some people just can’t forget about Pluto Nash. Although a lot of us wish we could.