The comedy legend, who rarely grants interviews, appeared on the Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast in 2016 to discuss his life and career. At the end of the interview, host Scott Feinberg asked Murphy what the biggest misconception people have about him is.
“I don’t even know,” Murphy responded. “I used to know everything about everything, I used to read about everything that was going on. Anything that was written about me I would read.”
In the 1990s, however, things changed.
“I haven’t read a newspaper in 20 years,” Murphy said. “I don’t read stuff about me, if there’s an article about me someone has to read through it before they even give it to me…I don’t wanna read any of that shit, so I don’t know what y’all think.”
Murphy is equally disinterested in modern technology—he doesn’t own a computer or use email, and he also went on an extended comedic riff about how stupid he thinks Twitter is.
“I don’t need to be on social media interacting with the fans, tweeting that I just ate strawberries,” Murphy said. “I’m checking y’all out while y’all are doing it, but nothing has made me go ‘I wanna be on there with y’all, I just had strawberries too. I’m going to the store now. Look at this picture of this baby.’ I’m not doing none of that shit.”
Aside from his distaste for social media, Murphy also said on the podcast that he was hoping to return to stand-up comedy in the near future.
He famously played an entire obese family in The Nutty Professor remake and its sequel, but in reality Eddie Murphy’s body is ripped raw! The comedian and movie star is in insane shape for a 57-year-old, and RadarOnline.com has learned it’s all thanks to his crazy intense work out regime. Check out Murphy’s buff look and how he keeps it tight in this RadarOnline.com gallery.
“Eddie looks decades younger than he actually is,” an insider told Radar.
He may be pushing 60, but the source said Murphy “puts in a lot of work so he can play a character in his early 40s.”
The Pluto Nash star does one-armed press-ups and flaunts a ripped six-pack that would put any 20-something hunk to shame.
“He’s dieting, working out every single day, and looking pretty shredded on camera,” the insider added. “Tight abs and muscles bulging underneath his wardrobe.”
Murphy’s dedication to his health apparently kicked up a notch after the death of a close family member.
“He’s always been a fitness nut but in the years since his brother Charlie died, that’s all gone into overdrive.”
As Radar reported, Charlie, Eddie’s older brother, died in April 2017 after battling leukemia.
At the time, Charlie was 57…the same age Eddie is right now.
“It’s motivated him and spurred his focus on clean living,” the insider said. “Eddie is one of these guys who works only when he wants and he really does want to live past 100.”