Eddie Murphy‘s latest movie, “Tower Heist,” comes out today.
The comedy, which also stars Ben Stiller and Casey Affleck and is the most high-profile take on the Madoff scandal to date, has taken on extra relevance as Occupy Wall Street rages.
The reviews have been optimistic — and the movie is predicted to take in upwards of $35 million in its opening weekend.
That’s great news for the 50-year-old Murphy, who’s having a moment: he’s slated to host the Oscars in February and told Ellen DeGeneres yesterday that he’s moved past his beef with “Saturday Night Live.”
But Murphy is certainly no stranger to the ups and downs of showbiz.
Eddie Murphy was born and raised in New York, but in around 1976 he started performing at the same Bay Area comedy club as Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg. People compared his routines to comic Richard Pryor's.
We would like to take this time to ignore 1989-1996. Movies like Beverly Hills Cop II, Boomerang and Another 48 Hours came out during this time, and it wasn't pretty. We'll forgive him, though.
In 1993, though, he married Nicole Mitchell, with whom he went on to have five children. The pair divorced in 2006, citing irreconcilable differences. Murphy has eight children in total, one of them with former Spice Girl Melanie Brown.
Also, in 1997 he was caught in his car with a transvestite, which pretty much sparked a huge PR problem.
Between 1998 and 2003, Murphy came out with a bunch of very successful family oriented, kid-friendly movies including Mulan, Dr. Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2, Shrek, and Daddy Day Care.
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