Eddie Murphy Says Brian Grazer Saved 'Tower Heist' (Video)
The actor, whose comedy crime film, co-starring Ben Stiller, opens Nov 4, says his days of making family-friendly films are in the past.
Don't look for Eddie Murphy when planning the next Sunday movie outing for the family.
The comedian, who is next co-staring with Ben Stiller in Tower Heist opening Nov. 4, said he's no longer planning to make the PG-fare (like Shrek, Norbit and Daddy Day Care) he's been doing in past years.
"I don't have any interest in that right now," he recently told Rolling Stone. "There's really no blueprint, but I'm trying to do some edgy stuff. And I only want to do what I really want to do, otherwise I'm content to sit here and play my guitar all day. I always tell people now that I'm a semi-retired gentleman of leisure, and occasionally I'll go do some work to break the boredom up."
Which brings the actor, who is also hosting the Oscars for the first time Feb. 26, to Heist. The film was originally intended to be an all-black version of Steven Soderbergh's Vegas-robbery film Oceans Eleven, but staring Chris Tuker, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence as disgruntled employees who band together to rob their employer.
"We tried to develop that script, it didn't come out right...twice," he told The Urban Daily.
But then, producer Brian Grazer came up with a different concept, and the current version of the film was hatched. "It just made it really timely and made everything come together perfect."
Watch his interview below.