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    Introducing Eddie Murphy into My World

    This past weekend, as Herman was scrolling through the channels on our DVR he told me that “Inside the Actor’s Studio” that afternoon on Bravo TV hosted by James Lipton was going to be featuring Eddie Murphy.

    At first I was like, “Well, I definitely don’t want to see that.” However, after watching the show, I was intrigued enough to have Herman go to our local video store at Captain Video and rent me five Murphy movies.

    I was struck by Eddie Murphy’s genuine love of comedy that he talked about extensively on the show and went so far as to say he felt most alive doing comedy and having the ability to make complete strangers laugh.

    Murphy talked about his comedy heroes, two of whom were Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby.

    When asked the question if he would ever go back and do standup by Lipton, Murphy said that was where he started and that he’d like to get back to it someday.

    He also mentioned Steve Martin, Martin Lawrence and Dave Chappelle that he worked with in his films.

    “Inside the Actor’s Studio” is a neat venue in that at the tail end of the interview, the students are given the chance to ask questions of the guest. In this instance I was happy to see that Murphy was quite open and honest, not to mention visceral with his responses about comedy and how big a part it plays in his life.

    I had seen none of his movies, much to Herman’s amazement. And when he went to Captain Video in Gloversville, the woman who helped him said they had two dozen of his titles there.

    The first film I just completed watching of his was “Beverly Hills Cop,” circa 1984.

    One viewer of the Actors Studio episode said in a blog about the episode:

    “Until the episode tonight I had thought that Eddie Murphy was no more than a talented but foul mouthed comic. The real Eddie Murphy has been revealed. He appears to be a genuinely quiet, thought provoking, gentle man with an immense talent and understanding of human nature. With this interview I gained a tremendous respect and admiration for the man and his talent. I will now go and make it a point to see Mr. Murphy's movies that I have, for whatever reason, failed to see.”

    I must say I had almost the identical feeling as this particular viewer and am looking forward to seeing more of his movies.

    One of the clips Lipton used on “Inside the Actors Studio” was from “Beverly Hills Cop” where he pretends to be “Ramon” the made up gay lover of the villain of the film, one of the most hilarious scenes in the picture.

    Actually, this was just one of many standout scenes of the film where he adopts totally different personas and believably so as well.

    In The Studio they highlighted a film where Murphy played two characters who were polar opposites. Here again we see his brilliance in bringing different hilarious characters out in a film.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing his range of emotions on the various films I got. I’ll give you my opinions after I’ve had a chance to experience them.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com