Renowned comic actor Eddie Murphy has spoken about the different roles he has played while reflecting on his career as an actor.
The movie star while accepting the Lifetime Achiever’s Award at the 2020 Critics’ Choice Awards yesterday stated that there was no higher privilege than to make a living making people laugh.
The Dolemite Is My Name actor got a standing ovation upon taking the stage and said that he had played a variety of characters in the course of his career, including a donkey and a spaceship.
Being able to make a living as an actor is a privilege and a blessing. And to make a living making people laugh, there’s no higher — you’re the luckiest person on Earth to be able to do that. And I’ve gotten to do so many different types of things.
I’ve played everything. I’ve been a cop and a robber and a doctor and a professor. And different ethnicities. I’ve been animals; I’ve been a donkey. I even played a spaceship once! I had a really great year. This is a great way to top the year off.Eddie Murphy
The award was presented to Murphy by his Dolemite Is My Name co-star Keegan-Michael Key who hailed the comedian as a “cultural phenomenon.”
In a statement, the Critics’ Choice Association also had a lot of positive things to say about the celebrated performer:
Eddie Murphy is the most commercially successful African American actor in the history of the motion picture business and is one of the industry’s top-five box-office performers overall. Murphy is on the very short list of actors who have starred in multiple $100 million pictures over the past three decades, from Beverly Hills Cop to Daddy Day Care. Some of his other most beloved hits include 48 Hours, Trading Places, Coming to America, Harlem Nights, The Distinguished Gentleman, Bowfinger, The Nutty Professor, and Shrek.
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