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Rolling Stone did what many magazines and websites have been trying to do for years: talk to Eddie Murphy. The actor has been notoriously press-shy lately, but with his new movie Tower Heist opening Nov. 4, Murphy sat down with the rock mag to talk about his career.
One of the bigger pieces of interest in the article, at least for fans of Murphy’s earlier movies, has to be that there will not be a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie, but that instead he wants to do a TV series.
“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,” Murphy told Rolling Stone. “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.”
In other news, the actor has decided to give up doing family-friendly movies in favor of edgier projects that interest him. Speaking of interest, he no longer has any in his long-standing feud with the show that made him a star in the early ’80s, Saturday Night Live. “They said some shitty things. There was that David Spade sketch,” Murphy said, referring to a bit where David Spade called Murphy a falling star. “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.”
Murphy also clarified that he wasn’t angry that Adam Arkin won the best supporting actor Oscar they were both up for in 2007, he was just tired of people giving him the “better luck next time” speech. In fact, he decided to host the award show this year to prove there were no hard feelings.