Fifth installment in a series exploring very important people in my life.
Let me start explaining how this will work: I listed 65 idols of mine. Every Friday (with the exception of those reserved for the Rock Chain posts) I’ll draw one of the names (following a system that it’s really not important to be explained here) and talk about it.
Therefore, the order in which the names will appear doesn’t necessarily shows where they rank in my preference.
As a final introductory note, this is also not a biography article. I’ll just write how I feel about people represented in it, their talent and their importance in my life.
When it comes to comedy, very few people made me laugh as hard as Edward Murphy. And he was the kind of comedian that could make stand-up, movies, series, you name it.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in April 3rd, 1961, it was clear that Edward Regan Murphy got his funny bone perfectly worked out. He already wrote his routines for stand-up when he was about 15, heavily influenced by Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.
A great example of his work as a stand-up can be seen in the movie “Raw”, which shows one of his shows in New York. He makes fun of every race, sexual orientation and gender. The bits about foreigners who went to his shows and only understand the “Fuck yous” and that about white people coming out of “Rocky” movies are especially hilarious. And let’s not forget that unforgettable remark about women: “You gotta have money to get pussy in the eighties!” Little did he know that it was not only in the 80’s…
But it was on the big screen that Eddie shone. How can you argue with a resume that reads like this: “Beverly Hills Cop”, “Beverly Hills Cop 2”, “Beverly Hills Cop 3”, “Boomerang”, “Trading Places”, “Coming to America”, “The Golden Child”, both “48 Hours” and “Harlem Nights” ?
If you wanna have a good notion of how great the genius of Eddie Murphy is, all you need to do is watch the extras on the “Beverly Hills Cop” DVD and see what all the actors that worked with him on the movie say about him. The ability to improvise and how he transformed when the cameras started rolling.
In a more personal note, I just watched “Coming to America” again for the umpteenth time last Wednesday, after many years. Funny thing was I preferred to watch the movie than Real Madrid x Bayern Munich that was being showed at the same time. I just thought: “I really don’t care about those teams I’d rather watch “Coming to America” again.” Also worth noticing are: the brilliant work done by Arsenio Hall in this movie and those discussions about boxing in the barber shop. It never gets old!
And just like the Prince Of Zamuda came to America, Eddie Murphy comes into the Hall Of Idols. Welcome!
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