Eddie Murphy has never been one to mince words — if you could get him to sit down for an interview. And he has plenty to say about himself on several fronts (but not on any of the questions that have been off-limits forever) in Rolling Stone. But it’s good. Beverly Hills Cop IV? “They’re not doing it,” he says. “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.” Agreed. The Oscars and the impression that he left the ceremony in a huff when Alan Arkin won best supporting actor for Little Miss Sunshine over Murphy’s work in Dreamgirls? Arkin’s was “a great performance,” Murphy says. “That’s just the way the shit went. He’s been gigging for years and years, the guy’s in his seventies. I totally understood and was totally cool.” What was hard to take, he suggests, was other people suddenly coming over to him while “I’m just chilling” and ever so earnestly expressing their condolences. “I didn’t have sour grapes at all. That’s another reason I wanted to host the show – to show them that I’m down with it.” Murphy also touches on other stuff. For one thing he’s giving family movies a rest — maybe for good. “I don’t have any interest in that right now.” A return to standup comedy? “If I ever get back onstage, I’m going to have a really great show for you all,” he says. “It comes up too much for me to not do it again. It’s like, when it hits me, I’ll do it, eventually.”
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