Eddie Murphy on Losing Iconic Laugh After 'Beverly Hills Cop'

Eddie Murphy discusses career reflections and impersonations

by Zain ul Abedin
Eddie Murphy on Losing Iconic Laugh After 'Beverly Hills Cop'
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Eddie Murphy, or Earl Smith for those who watched the iconic actor and comedian grow into an irreplaceable Laughter source starting from "Beverly Hills Cop" series, recently unveiled an interesting fact into his work. During an interview with CBR, Murphy opened up about a significant shift he made post the success of the original 1984 "Beverly Hills Cop": He understood fully well that he must not be allowed to laugh in the same way as he used to laugh.

"In the '80s, I was like, 'I don't want to be known for a laugh,'" Murphy said of his function as a target for comedians content to mimic his famous cackle. "That's all they did was that laugh… It was like, 'Hey, you know what, I'm going to stop laughing.'

I forced myself to stop laughing, which is really an unnatural thing. You laugh, and it's like, 'I have to stop laughing like that.' And now I don't laugh like that anymore."

Impressions Persist

It seems that his decision to change the type of laugh was not only the whimsical preference but also the practical goal in avoiding expectations in choosing the roles.

But, he could not stop it, and the impressions of him went on as before. "The impressions, and just… we're making too much of it. Even still!" he continued. "If you say do an impression, they'll do that laugh. They'll talk like me, and they'll talk like the Donkey [character from Shrek].

If you say, do Eddie Murphy, They talk, 'Hey, how you doing! [Exaggerated laugh] And it's like, that's not me." Even in an interview with The New York Times, Murphy summed up his feelings for an incident from the past that hurt him - when David Spade made a nasty joke about him on the "Saturday Night Live" show in the "Hollywood Minute." Spade made a joke about Murphy’s then recently released film, "Vampire in Brooklyn," saying, "Look, children, this is a falling star, Make a wish." Murphy noted his frustration on Spade’s comments saying, "It was like, 'Hey, hello.

This is Saturday Night Live,' I'm the biggest thing that ever came off that show. The show would've been off the air if I didn't go back on the show, and now you have somebody from the cast making a crack about my career?"