Being late to a job is never a good idea, especially if you’re on the set of a movie alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood. His lesson in punctuality would come from none other than the director of the film “Trading Places”, John Landis.
The director pulled Eddie out of a table read between the cast members and chastised him in the hall. While we don’t know exactly what he said, his words were apparently harsh enough for the embarrassed actor to come back and apologize to his co-stars.
Elvis’s Manager Leaves Eddie “All Shook Up”
It’s no surprise that Eddie Murphy has an appreciation for Elvis Presley. But one encounter almost ended in disaster. In the late 1980s, Eddie found himself seated next to Elvis’s former (and disgraced) manager Tom Parker while they were both visiting Las Vegas.
The interaction between him and the manager largely responsible for his idol’s demise resulted in Eddie wanting to “punch him”. Thankfully, there was no bloodshed, but we’re sure there were a few words exchanged!
Eddie’s Secret Superhero Dreams
There’s no shortage of strange casting decisions in Hollywood, but one of the strangest stories is that Eddie was in talks to star in a Batman film! Director Ivan Reitman wanted to cast Bill Murray as Batman and Eddie Murphy as his trusty sidekick, Robin.
Thankfully, this presumably-disastrous film was never made because not only did the two actors not want to wear the costumes required, but it was Eddie who wanted to star as Batman. While it might be hard to pick the best Batman, these two definitely would be our worst choices!
His Relationship With Whitney Houston
Though Eddie Murphy has been quite open with many facets of his life, there is one area that the comedian/actor has always stayed mum about — his alleged affair with the late music legend Whitney Houston.
Though Bobby Brown was courting Whitney, she seemed to only have eyes for Eddie despite his “elusive” behavior. There were even rumors that Eddie secretly proposed to her, and the actor allegedly called her before her 1992 wedding to Bobby Brown to warn her of the “mistake” she was making.
Eddie Is Obsessed With Cleanliness
When you’re a celebrity, your unique quirks eventually come to light. Sometimes, in the case of Eddie Murphy, you volunteer those interesting tidbits yourself. Eddie has shared in various interviews about his obsession with cleanliness. Not satisfied with just washing his hands various times a day, he apparently also takes multiple showers daily.
He’s especially wary of shaking the hands of fans because he always assumes “somebody might have dug in his nose” or somewhere more disgusting! We don’t blame him!