Eddie Murphy on Why 'Dolemite Is My Name' Isn’t His Comeback Role: "You Never Leave"

“It’s the latest thing I’ve done. But there is no return or anything. You never leave,” Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter.

While Eddie Murphy hasn’t graced the silver screen in a leading role since 2016's Mr. Church, his doesn’t consider his new film Dolemite Is My Name, from director Craig Brewer, his "comeback role."

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto International Film Festival, Murphy discussed the idea of his "return," saying, "The whole return thing. Nobody leaves now. Now they have all these cable channels and satellite movie channels and social media. You really can't leave, even if you wanted to leave, you can't leave. Your image is always out there."

He continued, "It's the latest thing I've done. But there is no return or anything. You never leave."

In Brewer's Dolemite, Murphy stars as real-life comedian Rudy Ray Moore, who gained fame with the titular 1970s blaxploitation character. The film also stars Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Snoop Dogg, Ron Cephas Jones and Wesley Snipes.

"I was a big fan of Rudy Ray Moore from the time I was 14, 15 years old, I started watching him," Murphy said. "And when I got older I found out how he was a catalyst, how he put his movies together. He financed them. And he put his records together. He financed all of his stuff. He became this inspirational figure because my career was the exact opposite of Rudy Ray Moore's. I really got in really easy, and he took a whole different road, so he's got a really inspirational story."