Eddie Murphy: Career Trajectory

In the 1990s, Eddie Murphy went through a dark period during which his films (mostly sequels to such hits as 48 Hrs and Beverly Hills Cop) flopped with critics and fans alike.

The low point came one day when David Spade held up Murphy's picture during his "Weekend Update" segment on "Saturday Night Live" (a show which Murphy had helped to put on the map) and quipped: "Look kids, a falling star. Make a wish!"

[Murphy's defense? "Every bad decision I've made has been based on money. I grew up in the projects and you don't turn down money there. You take it, because you never know when it's all going to end. I made Beverly Hills Cop III because they offered me $15 million. That $15 million was worth having Roger Ebert's thumb up my ass."]

[In high school, Murphy was the champion of "playing the dozens" ("Yo momma's so fat, she strikes oil when she wears high heels"... "Yo momma's so fat, she beeps when she's backing up...").]

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