In the new issue of Rolling Stone, which hit newsstands yesterday, comedian and movie star Eddie Murphy talks about his plan to reinvent his 30-year long career by refraining from roles in family-friendly films and possibly returning to his roots as a stand-up comic.
His decision to forgo any movie roles for so called “kid” movies means that fans of the comedian should kiss the possibility of more Nutty Professor or Dr. Dolittle goodbye.
“I don’t have any interest in that right now,” said Murphy, according to E! Online. “There’s really no blueprint, but I’m trying to do some edgy stuff. And I only want to do what I really want to do, otherwise I’m content to sit here and play my guitar all day.”
Because Murphy considers himself a “semiretired gentleman of leisure,” he doesn’t have much work on his agenda unless it’s to “break the boredom up.”
What the comedian does have set in stone is the coveted position of host for the Academy Awards. No doubt the on-stage gig will be great practice for his possible return to stand-up.
“If I ever get back onstage, I’m going to have a really great show for you all. An hour and a half of stand-up and about 40 minutes of my shitty band,” said Murphy. “It comes up too much for me to not do it again. It’s like, when it hits me, I’ll do it, eventually.”
As for now, Murphy is promoting his new movie, Tower Heist (in theaters Nov. 4), in which he stars alongside Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck and Alan Alda.
Check out some stand-up from Murphy here, courtesy of YouTube: