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Eddie Murphy: I've Never Had A 'Flop' Movie Because They Still Paid Me

Eddie Murphy may have been in some "flops" over the years but not to him.

The actor says he celebrates both his hits and his misses because he was paid either way.

"In my view, I've never had a flop movie or a movie that didn't work," he tells THR. "If I did the movie, and they paid me lots and lots of money to do it, it's a f--king smash!"

"Any movie that I was in that they paid me a lot of money for was a f--king smash."

"To be perfectly honest, we celebrate Pluto Nash at my house. We don't have Christmas Day, we have Pluto Nash Day," he says. "And we don't have Halloween, we have Vampire in Brooklyn Day."

He jokes he's still waiting for his Oscar.

"Eventually they're gonna have to give me that s--t," he laughs. "I already did 35 years in movies. Eventually y'all gonna have to give me something.

"And if y'all wait 'til I'm 85, 90, I'm gonna come out a 90-year-old dude, in a sky-blue tuxedo—there's a reason why it's sky blue—and I'm gonna walk out and when they give me the award and they hand it to me, I'm just gonna stand there and urinate on myself in front of the world—the whole world—and just stand there."

"And then they're gonna have to play that music and then they'll have to usher me off. That's gonna be my moment. Don't make me wait!"

Murphy says he "stopped doing stand-up because it stopped being fun."

"And the reason it stopped being fun was it was harder to write new stuff. It had gotten so crazy."

He says he thought "'Maybe I'll take a little break from standup.' And then the break just got longer. The whole comedy scene just turned into this big other thing."

Murphy, now 55, hasn't ruled out returning to the scene but admits he's been putting it off.

"For years I've been procrastinating about it, going, 'I'll do stand-up again,'" he says. "And all of a sudden I'm this far away from it."

August 23, 2016 |

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