Eddie Murphy Talks Stage Return, Richard Pryor Film In New Interview
In a recent interview promoting his recently released film Mr. Church, Eddie Murphy discussed the possibility of returning to the stage, as well as certain directors he would like to work with in the future.
The near 40 minute conversation, courtesy of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation and moderated by Stacey Wilson Hunt of New York Magazine, covers a range of topics, but some of the more interesting parts are when Murphy talks about possibly returning to stand up.
When asked whether he’ll ever entertain doing a comedy tour again, he responds:
“Yeah, I’ll entertain it. I think about it. Eventually I will. But it won’t just be stand up. It’ll be music. It’ll be comedy. It’ll be stuff from my movies…I’ve just got to figure out a way to put a show together. Because me just coming out on stage and doing stand up, I can’t see myself doing just that. I can see having some of that, and then doing everything else. We’ll see.”
Prior to this Murphy had hinted at making a comeback to stand up on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “I might,” Murphy answered when asked by Kimmel about a possible return. “I haven’t done it in so long, I’m curious now — so much has changed — what would even come out? I don’t know what I would even be like.”
Another notable part of Murphy’s interview with Hunt, is when he gets on the topic of directors he would like to work with. He not only name check Quentin Tarantino, but Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.
Considering Tarantino said he only wants to make two more movies and then retire, Murphy may or may not miss the opportunity with that pairing, but Spielberg and Scorsese could possibly happen.
He also takes some time to discuss the status of the Richard Pryor movie, saying that it is taking some time to get together but he is excited to be portraying Pryor’s father.
The last other news that discussed future roles for Murphy, was the announcement that he would star in a Netflix mockumentary about a ’60s soul singer trying to make a comeback.
Check out the conversation below.