R.I.P. EDDIE MURPHY

I had heard the rumors, but I had not seen any sort of definitive confirmation. Then after the game last night I switched channels and saw it as plain as day.

Eddie Murphy, one of the greatest comedians of all time and star of some of my favorite movies, is indeed dead.

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The confirmation came while I was watching The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Eddie was the first guest. Even though he was promoting a movie I intend on avoiding like the swine flu (Imagine That), I was still excited to see him. After all, I had heard rumors of his demise and even seen evidence to support those rumors (Norbit, Meet Dave). I was concerned. I wanted to see that he was okay.

Ten minutes later, after one of the lamest interviews ever (seriously, Jouaquin Phoenix was a livelier guest), there was no doubt about it. The Eddie Murphy I had grown to know and love, the Eddie of Raw, Delirious, Coming to America, Trading Places, SNL, and Beverly Hills Cop I and II, was gone forever. Now we are only left with this douchebag who is better known as that black spice girl’s baby daddy.

A single tear rolled down my cheek. It was such a sad moment for me.

Looking back now, it is clear to me that I have been living in denial. Eddie has really been dead for years. It’s really sort of difficult to pinpoint when he died exactly. He has been trying to commit career suicide for years it seems. Just take a look at his more recent films. If you remove anything Shrek related, it is a pretty gruesome list;

Imagine That (2009) …. Evan
Meet Dave (2008) …. Dave Ming Cheng / The Captain
Norbit (2007) …. Norbit / Rasputia / Mr. Wong
Dreamgirls (2006) …. James ‘Thunder’ Early
The Haunted Mansion (2003) …. Jim Evers
Daddy Day Care (2003) …. Charlie Hinton
I Spy (2002) …. Kelly
The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) …. Pluto Nash
Showtime (2002) …. Officer Trey Sellars
Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) …. Dr. John Dolittle

Out of consideration for you guys, I am going to stop there. Just know that I haven’t even gotten to such classics as Holy Man and  Vampire in Brooklyn.

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Why yes… I do suck in this movie. 

Somewhere along the line things went horribly wrong. Come to think of it, the final nail in the coffin may have been driven in by one of Eddie’s more successful films. The commercial success of Shrek was so huge that Eddie is now perfectly content making a complete ass out of himself, so long as your friggin two year old gets a kick out of it.

Hey Eddie, guess what? Gimme a nice shiny set of keys and I can do the same thing!

Sigh.

I am getting away from the point of this post. This post is not about bashing Eddie Murphy, it’s about remembering him. Remembering him as he was, not as the corpse of a human being he has become. It’s sort of the same thing we do with Michael Jackson. He will always be little Michael to some of us.

So Eddie, I want to say thank you. Thank you or making me laugh all those years. Thank you for Axel Foley, and the Rocky jokes, and the Ice Cream Dance, and James Brown in a hot tub, and Prince Akeem, and MR. RANDY WATSON!!!

I will always love you, you fucking sellout!

Sexual Chocolate
SEXUAL CHOCOLATE!!! 

 

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83 comments

  1. Coming To America was brilliant.Bill Burr was great on Conan the other night, though. Thank fuck for that. David Duchovny, though…was givin’ me the willies.

  2. and Ice Cube isn’t far behind.  kids movies don’t help anyone’s street cred.Eddie’s making a fourth Beverly Hills Cop, you know.  maybe he’ll redeem himself as FUNNY.  let’s hope.

  3. You scared the crap out of me! I thought you meant he was literally dead. But yeah, he has been doing a lot of family oriented movies lately. But hey, if that’s what he’s “good” at, more power to him. 

  4. Oh my gosh, I was so scared that I had to exit your post without reading it to go google it, I came back to comment you saying I couldn’t find anything….duh. then I actually read the post. haha :]

  5. Dude, Norbit was funny, but people didn’t like the fact that it made fun of Asians and fat people. I thought it was hilarious. But, yeah…he’s been dead since Boomerang for me. I remember showing my kid sister Eddie Murphy Raw and saying “This guy used to be so funny”. It’s a good thing for his role as Donkey. Otherwise he would have no pulse. I put his level of funny right up there with Ice Cube’s current street cred. I just can’t seem to understand what the fuck Eddie’s been thinking. Dude, you are not Will Smith. Leave the acting to actors and bring back comedy.

  6. Haha! You got a lot of folks with that title, Dave! Even I was like, “WTH?? When did Eddie die??” But it’s true, I think he lost his mind and his comedic mojo. Very sad. Gone are the days of “Wookin’ Puh Nub”. Maybe we should observe a moment of silence later today.

  7. I was actually happy to see him taking on a role that doesn’t involve a fat suit or talking animals. I’m planning on giving the new movie a chance.

  8. Yes he was once good. That was then, this is now. I think he discovered that he was so popular that he could put out crap and people would buy it.  And he was right for a while, but that was then this is now. He is all but dead in the eyes of his old fans.

  9. I think he’s an underrated, under used genius. His characters in the Nutty Professor were brilliant. His performance in Dream Girls was amazing. I’ve heard that he is actually very shy in person and therefore wouldn’t be all that great on a talk show. Probably in Hollywood, if you’re an actor, you take what you can get as far as work goes.

  10. i love it when people don’t read the post and then ask about it.. ^^also, Eddie Murphey in Raw was brilliant… his chat on STDs… NO ONE could EVER pull that off now….

  11. The only Eddie Murphy films I’ve seen are Norbit, Dr. D and Shrek. Yeah, I really liked him. Any recommendation for his BEST one though? I wanna see it! 🙂

  12. This was a great post!!! I used to watch the old SNL and thought Eddie Murphy was all that and a bag of Doritos. His stand up was brilliant. I understand wanting to make a cutsie movie for you kids so you can show them what daddy does for a living . . . that’s cool. But to consistently suck and not care about it . . . He is a great disappointment. I like to think of him as being in a persistent vegetative state instead of being dead though . . . that leaves the small hope that someday he might wake up and  make a good movie again.

  13. I was like WTH with that title!?!? I just saw him doing a rather poor interview last night, and then I click over to read this. I though maybe Conan had finally had enough and whacked him or something like that. But your right. His career has been going down the tubes for close to a decade now. Its like a car wreck. It hurts to watch it, but you can’t take your eyes off it. URGH.

  14. He used to be good & some of his stuff is still funny but he uses alot of the same themes. I lost alot of respect for him after what he did to Mel B. And it’s not because I’m a Spice Girl fan, it was a person to person thing. If he didnt want the relationship, fine that’s his prerogative, but he knew he had relations with her & the baby was his. Why lie about it? Angel is a gorgeous little baby & I think she’s better off without Eddie in her life anyway. Doesnt he already have like 9 kids from different women?Eddie is also a sore loser. When he didnt win the Oscar for Dreamgirls, he left the theater right after. Come on…He’s a good actor & visionary, but he’s crap as a guy. I may get flamed for this but this is my 2 cents.—>MiNA<3

  15. I will always remember him fondly as Sherman Klump in “The Nutty Professor” {not the 2nd installment, though}, Prince Akeem in “Coming to America”, & Donkey in “Shrek”. May his career R.I.P.

  16. I’m gonna say that the old South American joke about Argentinians (with all apologies to Argentinians everywhere…) also applies to the late Mr. Murphy:How does an Argentinian commit suicide? He jumps off his ego.And Speaking of Michael Jackson, I personally think he hasn’t been the same since the Pepsi Commerical…

  17. “I met Dr. Martin Luther King in 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee. I walkin’ down the street minding my own business, just walking on. Feelin’ good. I walk around the corner, a man walk up, hit me in my chest, right. I fall on the ground, right. And I look up and it’s Dr. Martin Luther King. I said ‘Dr. King?’ and he said ‘Ooops, I thought you were some body else.”

  18. Eddie Murphy really is a very funny guy.  Really.  In those movies of his that I’ve seen, there really is some funny, funny stuff; if only there was some way for it to come out and be a little more available.  Despite his talent, he has little draw as an actor (at least as far as I’m concerned).  Is he the executive producer of these alleged “movies”?  If he is, then perhaps it’s time to stop.  Stop producing, stop directing, stop everything.  So often it seems that the purpose of his feature films is to “wow” us with his presence and screen persona.  His stand-up is always impressive, the way he interacts with his audience, his timing, and so on.  It’s a sad truth that excellence in stand-up comedy doesn’t necessarily translate to success on film.I really wish him the best, whether he would care about good wishes or not.  I’d love to see him in something the caliber of “Trading Places” again, without resorting to sequels or remakes.  There’s stuff out there that could really work, if the apparent ego was rolled back a little bit.

  19. @Kontzicles – lol. I know. That’s why I like to have fun with my titles every once in a while.@another_rebel_without_a_cause – yeah man. BHC 4 is set for release in 2010. I am scared.@jacksoncroons – I think I was holding out hope till that interview. It was THAT bad.@lizheartshakespeare – oh you saw that interview too. It was HORRIBLE!@Shinbi_Belldandy – No you won’t get flamed. You make some pretty valid points. @Jaynebug – lol. I always do.@tigerrmonkeyy – oh noes! Tell me you’re joking.

  20. Oh, Sexual Chocolate! I haven’t seen hat movie in forever! I think I might have to watch it in the near future. I do miss the Eddie of the 80’s. His 90’s stuff like Dr. Doolittle and Nutty Professor were alright the first time around, i guess, but they were just overdone. Too many sequels. Ugh. And while the Shrek trilogy was pretty good, I feel it’s now getting overdone as well (did you know a 4th Shrek movie, or 5th if you count the christmas one, is due out next year?) and now every time i hear him speak, in any movie or on any tv show, I just hear Donkey. It’s getting very annoying!

  21. haha, I’m not a fan of his. & I doubt I’ll be. I heard that Norbit is really suck…well, it seems to be true because it’s on his down time list of yours. 😛

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