Eddie Murphy Opens Up About Feeling Like He’s ‘Going To Die’ On The Set Of Beverly Hills Cop 4

Why did Eddie Murphy believe he would die while filming Beverly Hills Cop 4

Eddie Murphy hasn’t played the wise-cracking detective Axel Foley in nearly three decades. Of course, he’ll reprise his role in Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley, the long-awaited fourth installment.

Murphy had to get back into the swing of things when it came to doing stunts for action sequences, which was unsurprising. These moments are thrilling for audiences to witness, but as we all know, they are not always easy on the actors who play them. Murphy appears to have had a harrowing experience while working on the highly anticipated film, as he admitted to feeling like he was “going to die” during production.

During an interview with ET following his historic Cecil B. DeMille Award speech at the 80th Golden Globes, the fan favorite actor admitted to doing stunts in his 60s. The Coming 2 America star revealed that he was 21 when he starred in the original Beverly Hills Cop (which is regarded as one of Eddie Murphy’s best films). Unsurprisingly, performing stunts at the age of 61 differs greatly from performing them at the age of 21.

Murphy told the news outlet how difficult the shoot was at times and recalled a conversation with producer Jerry Bruckheimer in which Murphy mentioned another iconic star:

”It’s emotional because, like I said, I was 61, and I was doing action scenes. You’d see my heart beating through my chest. There were many times when I felt like I was going to die on the set. I know some actors get into doing that type of stunts and stuff. Before I did the movie I said to Jerry [Bruckheimer], ‘ Listen, I’m 61. Don’t ask me to do shit you wouldn’t ask Morgan Freeman to do”

To be honest, at this point in his life, the comedian is perfectly justified in comparing himself to Morgan Freeman in this regard. Without having to throw hands or run for yards, Freeman has appeared in a number of action films in recent years, including the Dark Knight trilogy and Lucy. But it’s worth noting that the Oscar winner is two decades older than the Beverly Hills Cop star.

Eddie Murphy shared more behind-the-scenes details about his reprisal of the Detroit police officer. He explained that he and Jerry Bruckheimer ultimately landed on a system for that would work for production and presumably keep the actor safe. But that didn’t make things totally easy for Murphy, it seems:

He said, ‘Oh, we’ll have the dude come in, stunt double.’ And I said, ‘OK.’ But then there was some stuff that you have to do. So I found myself jumping and running and rolling around. And it was a lot”

Sounds like fans will indeed see Eddie Murphy do some action stunts throughout the flick. While Murphy may have walked away with a few aches and pains, he surely didn’t die. Plus, he’s also a professional and knows that the work has to get done one way or another. Hopefully, his efforts won’t be in vain, and the fourth installment in his franchise proves to be a hit.

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley has yet to be released, but it has been confirmed that it will premiere on Netflix. Murphy revealed that he wrapped the third sequel alongside franchise staples like Judge Reinhold and Bronson Pinchot and newbies like Taylour Paige and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was delighted to work with Murphy.

You can catch Murphy’s latest comedy, You People, using an active Netflix subscription when it premieres on January 27 as part of the 2023 new movie release schedule.