Eddie Murphy seems like a busy man. Fresh off “Coming 2 America”, Murphy is talking about returning to stand-up. There are also other movie projects in the works and things he’d like to do, but his days of being “Hollywood busy” are over, now replaced by a much more gratifying role; dad. In a recent interview, he called being a dad “the center of everything.”
“The whole idea of being out there and doing three movies a year, that shit is over,” he said. “Along the way I realized that if you put your children first you never make a bad decision.”
And Murphy has a LOT of children to put first, as he has 10 total, running the gamut from ages 2 to 31. He’s even a granddad too. And while Murphy said family takes precedence over career, sometimes the two do merge, as his daughter Bella had a role in “Coming 2 America,” which he called a proud papa moment.
The famous comedian said when you hit a crossroads moment, asking what is best for your kids and letting that guide you is the only way to never make a bad decision. He also said he’s been really blessed with his kids, in that he doesn’t have “one bad seed.”
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“I don’t have any of that. My kids are so great, normal people, and nobody is like the Hollywood jerk kid,” he said. “They are smart and trying to do stuff. I really, really got lucky.”
Murphy turns 60 in April and was recently inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame after 40 years of making movies. Murphy’s not done, either, but show business isn’t the primary driver for him anymore, as the Dad business takes center stage.