There was a time when Eddie Murphy was a toxic figure among the LGBT community, for good reason. However, he issued a public apology in 1996 disavowing his jokes about gays and AIDS and when asked recently about it, says he was “ignorant” and a young man going through issues. The criticism stopped him from doing standup and seemingly derailed his interest in having a career as an entertainer. It’s a shame really, all around, because he is phenomenally talented. I loved his hat trick of “48 Hours”, “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Trading Places” which made him a superstar. But you know, people can listen, reflect and realize their mistakes, which it appears he’s done. And luckily, he seems to have regained his mojo. He plans to do stand-up again, more movies including a new run at “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Coming to America”, and return to “Saturday Night Live”.
But first there’s “Dolemite Is My Name”, the tale set in the 1970s of real-life comic Rudy Ray Moore and his foray into Blaxploitation despite being told he was a bit “doughier” than the typical stars of these films. It looks like a lot of fun with a beautifully packed cast including Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Craig Robinson (“The Office”), Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and many more. Most surprisingly, another actor making a comeback is Wesley Snipes here with a major role showing off comedic talent, of which I had no clue.
This is running in a limited capacity in theaters now before premiering on Netflix on October 25th.