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Eddie Murphy Says Razzie Awards Made Him "Take A Break" From Acting

Eddie Murphy Says Razzie Awards Led To "Break" From Acting
March 10, 2021 - 23:06 / Lucas Anderson

In a new interview, Eddie Murphy opened up about redeeming himself after he felt slighted by many wins and nominations at the Razzies — the awards show for "worst" acting. The comedian is back and has been getting praise for recent projects such as Coming 2 America and Dolemite Is My Name. Read on for his comments on tough times at the Golden Raspberry Awards.

All those Razzie wins and nominations got to Eddie Murphy.

In a new interview, the comedian told Marc Maron that he realized it was "time to take a break" from acting after he received nine Golden Raspberry nominations—winning three times—in a 10-year span.

Eddie Murphy got 9 Razzie nominations in 10 years 

Between 2003 and 2013, Murphy received Worst Actor nominations seven times and won in the category once, in 2008, for Norbit. For the widely-panned film, he also won Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Supporting Actress, as he played three roles in the film.

Eddie Murphy won three Razzies for three roles in movie Norbit.

Murphy told Maron, "I was like, 'This s**t ain't fun.' They're giving me Razzies [...] Motherf***er gave me the worst actor ever Razzie." It was at that point that he realized "maybe it was time to take a break" from his poorly-received 2000s comedies, which later included Meet Dave and Imagine That.

Murphy did just that, as his screen roles became scarce between 2011 and 2018. "I was only gonna take a break for a year," he said, "then, all of a sudden, six years go by and I'm sitting on the couch. And I could sit on the couch and not get off it, but I don't want the last bunch of s**t they see me do [to be] bulls**t."

Eddie Murphy bounced back with movie Dolemite Is My Name

To bounce back, Murphy said "the plan was to go do Dolemite, Saturday Night Live, Coming 2 America and then do stand-up and see how I felt afterwards." The actor's Razzies story has a happy ending, too: For his acclaimed performance in Dolemite Is My Name, Murphy in 2020 won the Razzie Redeemer Award.

Coming 2 America, the sequel to Murphy's 1988 hit, also came out this year and was met with a mixed reception. He was last seen on SNL in 2019 after a lengthy absence from the show on which he once starred. Revisit the actor's career highlights here.