By 2006 Eddie Murphy had found himself in a dark place following his divorce and needed to prove his worth in Hollywood after several flops. Luckily, he was given an opportunity to star in the award-winning film adaptation of the musical “Dreamgirls.”
Eddie’s role as the singer Jimmy “Thunder” Early earned him a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor and even an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Critics and fans were simply blown away by his performance. Once again, Eddie had surprised the world with his enormous talent.
The Film That Almost Ended Eddie’s Career
As in other moments of his career, just when things were starting to look up, Eddie Murphy’s career would take a turn for the worse. Hot off the heels of the success of “Shrek,” Eddie starred in one of the biggest box office bombs in cinematic history — “The Adventures of Pluto Nash.”
The campy space-themed comedy was critically panned and made just $7 million despite having had a budget of $100 million! To this day, the film is considered one of the worst films made in recent decades.
The Sad Ending of Eddie’s Love Story
Just like regular couples, some celebrity couples find themselves going their separate ways after getting married. Eddie decided to divorce Nicole after more than a decade together. Though no one knew exactly what caused their divorce beyond the explanation of irreconcilable differences, many assumed that it was Eddie’s unpredictable career choices and his 1997 scandal that put a strain on the marriage.
At the time of their divorce, Eddie and Nicole had five children — a number that would swell significantly with Eddie’s future relationships!
The Hasty Exit Seen Around the World
If there’s one thing that can be said about Eddie Murphy, it is that he has no shortage of confidence. Unfortunately, this confidence can sometimes result in some rather not nice behavior. At the 2007 Academy Awards, Eddie was apparently so upset to have lost the award for Best Supporting Actor to Alan Arking for “Little Miss Sunshine” that he stormed out of the show!
His quick exit made him miss his co-star Jennifer Hudson receiving an award for Best Supporting Actress and even the cast performing several songs from the film!
The Surprise Netflix Hit
Having shown that he can do more serious roles, Eddie Murphy once again proved just how talented he was when he starred in the 2019 Netflix film “Dolemite Is My Name.” The film, based on the life of comedian and filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore, became an instant hit and garnered a positive reaction from critics.
The critically-acclaimed film, and Eddie, were nominated for various awards, including Golden Globe awards. The film was especially important for Eddie, who was largely influenced by the late comedy legend.