Eddie Murphy has been an icon of my youth. Beverly Hills cop, 48 hours (and their respective sequels), coming to america and many more. the catchphrases from those movies were thrown around by us, our friends, our classmates and maybe every other teenager on the planet at that time and even up to years and years after their theatrical live. Eddie also influenced standup comedians all over the globe, when he carried on the torch that Richard Pryor left. even when his career was basically over, he managed to be involved, what very few people including me consider his masterpiece: „Bowfinger“. a satire on hollywood, the film business in general, the attachment to Scientology and even about himself and his prior success.
i don’t know what eventually was the reason for his downfall. the short memory span of the public eye? unforgiving fans after he chose to make more money with family friendly movies? eventually the downward spiral that is destroying whats left of your career by accepting even the most stupid and badly written script one could offer him, when nothing else has been offered to him anymore, in thehope to gather back some of his original fame? or maybe was it that he overall did not understand what made him an icon in the first place?
i don’t know. it might be interesting to take a further look at that, at a later point in time.
two years ago i watched this „special“ and to be honest, up to this very day the bad taste in my mouth that left this has never really disappeared.
this might have been one of the saddest things, i have seen in my life. this was not really a tribute, Eddie deserves better. the jokes from the guest were cheap and badly written. Eddie was sitting there with a sad, almost bitter face. this was not a man who felt honored and really, how could he?
who even did come up with the idea? seriously. who thinks, that showing a guy that was once maybe the most successful black entertainers on the planet, but hasn’t been successful for ages , no matter how hard he tries, his past achievements? how bad must he feel, watching snippets from his movies and standup routines, knowing that he won’t ever reach 0.5% of that success again. also, if you have to do this, why not make it a 100% serious tribute? why would you pile up on top of this misery, all the people that Eddie collaborated with in the past and make unfunny jokes, plus telling him how great he ONCE was and how much influence his FORMER self had on them.
and if that wasn’t enough, some of those people are still successful or even worse, much more successful today than him. hell, even arsenio who is completely talentless, got more of a career today than Eddie. and what the hell was Russel Brand doing there????
this was not tribute. it was a eulogy on the old, successful Eddie Murphy whom they gave a final salute to, before finally putting him to rest, after it has been dead for so many years. basically it was a funeral for eddies career, while he was still watching and being forced to look happy about it.
i dare you to watch the end again, where he is demanded to say the final words. look at his mimic, his gestures. hi kindly says thank you with his words, but his whole body throws at you: „how can you people even dare to do this to me? couldn’t you wait until i am dead to take me to grave? fack you all. good night“.
sad. very very sad.
i wish Eddie the best of luck to, one day somehow make it back, just as strong as he has been. maybe the
best way to do a new standup special, where he let’s it all out. everything that has been feasting for the last couple of years. sometimes letting it all out is the best medicine.