LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 17: Eddie Murphy attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Netflix's "You People" at Regency Village Theatre on January 17, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robin L Marshall/WireImage)
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Eddie Murphy Regrets Not Starring In Two Of The '80s Best Movies
Actors regretting passing on what later proved to be juicy movie roles is nothing new. Sometimes they read a script and just don't understand the material, or just simply pick another project instead. Eddie Murphy is no exception — the legendary comedian and actor who had a meteoric rise to stardom in the 1980s can point to two films in particular.
One of them, famously, is “Ghostbusters.” For Murphy, this was a case of having to make a choice, given that when “Ghostbusters” eventually went into production, he was already signed on for “Beverly Hills Cop.” As he told Jimmy Fallon in a 2019 interview, he regretted not being in “Ghostbusters,” even though “Beverly Hills Cop” was a smash success.
Murphy was originally offered the part of hardboiled detective, Eddie Valiant, in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” but turned it down, paving the way for Bob Hoskins’ iconic portrayal. Murphy told Fallon he later regretted the decision: “I was like; 'What? Animation and people?! That sounds like b***s*** to me!' Now every time I see it, I feel like an idiot.”