Eddie Murphy would like you to know that he’s not a recluse.
The “Tower Heist” star and 2012 Oscars host gives his first big print interview in years in the new issue of Rolling Stone, and he says that just because you don’t see him at Hollywood events all the time doesn’t mean he’s a shut-in.
“I’m grown, and where else am I supposed to be? I’m supposed to be home,” he tells the magazine. “… If I were out in the clubs every night, they’d be saying, ‘That’s a shame, look at him, 50 years old, he’s still out at these clubs.'”
Other highlights from the interview are below. The full interview hits newsstands on Friday (Oct. 28).
His beef with “Saturday Night Live”: “They were sh***y to me on ‘Saturday Night Live’ a couple of times after I’d left the show. They said some sh**y things. There was that David Spade sketch [when Spade showed a picture of Murphy around the time of ‘Vampire In Brooklyn’ and said, ‘Look, children, a falling star’]. I made a stink about it, it became part of the folklore. What really irritated me about it at the time was that it was a career shot. I felt sh***y about it for years, but now, I don’t have none of that. I wouldn’t go to retrospectives, but I don’t let it linger.”
Hosting the Oscars: “There’s no pressure. It ain’t about me that night, it’s about the Oscars and making the show move smoothly. It’s not, ‘And now, ladies and gentlemen, the 2012 version of my ice cream bit, sit back and relax. I want some ice cream. … In closing, ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to say, ‘Goonie goo goo. Thank you very much!’ I don’t think it’s going to be anything like that.”
The status of “Beverly Hills Cop IV”: “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. It was always a rehash of the old thing.”
Possibly doing stand-up comedy again: “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 sh***y band. … But I haven’t done it since I was 27, so why f*** with it? But that’s just weighing both sides. It comes up too much for me to not do it again. It’s like, when it hits me, I’ll do it, eventually.”
“Tower Heist” opens in theaters on Nov. 4.