Eddie Murphy Reflects on Early Fame and Meeting Marlon Brando

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Eddie Murphy discussed his early fame and meeting with legendary actor Marlon Brando. Murphy, who joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” at the age of 19, reflected on his confidence and ambition from a young age. He shared that he had always believed he would become famous and would often tell his mother about his future success.

Murphy’s breakthrough in films like “48 Hrs.” and “Trading Places” brought him recognition from his peers in the industry. He recalled not fully appreciating the attention he received at the time. Famous actors he had admired growing up, such as Marlon Brando, expressed interest in meeting him. Murphy now looks back on those moments with amazement, realizing the significance of being sought after by renowned actors.

Describing his encounters with Marlon Brando, Murphy mentioned their first meeting at the L’Ermitage hotel in Los Angeles. They had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, and later, Brando picked Murphy up from his hotel for another meeting at Brando’s house. However, there was a mix-up in timing, and Murphy arrived late. During their conversations, Brando expressed his disdain for acting and his belief that anyone could do it. He even referred to Clint Eastwood as “that kid with the gun” when discussing actors known for their cowboy roles.

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