Eddie Murphy has stayed quiet in the press for quite some time, but now, at the urging of his Tower Heist director Brett Ratner, the former stand-up comedian-turned-family film maven has opened up about a variety of subjects in promoting his latest comedy.
In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Eddie Murphy talked candidly about both his career choices and the long promised Beverly Hills Cop 4, which he says will never happened. But Axel Foley fans shouldn't frown just yet. A TV series based on the popular 80s character could well be on its way, if Murphy has anything to do about it.
About Beverly Hills Cop 4, this is what the actor had to say.
"They're not doing it. What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I'd do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn't be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong."
Eddie Murphy then went onto discuss his career as a family film star, claiming that those days may be over for good.
"I don't have any interest in that right now. There's really no blueprint, but I'm trying to do some edgy stuff. And I only want to do what I really want to do, otherwise I'm content to sit here and play my guitar all day. I always tell people now that I'm a semi-retired gentleman of leisure, and occasionally I'll go do some work to break the boredom up."
The former Saturday Night Live star even opened up about his refusal to return to the show that made him a superstar.
"They were shitty to me on Saturday Night Live a couple of times after I'd left the show. They said some shitty things. There was that David Spade sketch. I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore. What really irritated me about it at the time was that it was a career shot. I felt shitty about it for years, but now, I don't have none of that."
The full Rolling Stone interview is on newsstands now.