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Eddie Murphy on His Legacy, the Oscars and ‘Saturday Night Live’

‘I’m the first black actor to take charge in a white world onscreen. That’s why I became as popular as I became.’

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The new issue of Rolling Stone has an extremely rare print interview with Eddie Murphy that touches on his long career of ups and downs, his possible return to stand-up, his Oscar hosting plans and much more. The full story is available on news stands and through Rolling Stone All Access on October 28th. 

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On Not Getting an Oscar for ‘Dreamgirls’

"Afterward, people were like, 'He’s upset,' and I’m like, 'I wasn’t upset!' What happened was after I lost, I’m just chilling, and I was sitting next to Beyoncé’s pops, and he leans over and grabs me and is like, [solemn voice] 'There will be other times.' And then you feel Spielberg on your shoulder going, 'It’s all right, man.'Then Clint Eastwood walks by: 'Hey, guy . . . ' So I was like, 'It’s not going to be this night!' [Mimes getting up] I didn’t have sour grapes at all. That’s another reason I wanted to host the show – to show them that I’m down with it."

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On the Last Time he Saw Michael Jackson

"The last time I saw Michael, I was building this house, and I was staying around the corner, and he came over one night with Prince – his Prince, not Prince. I think Blanket was a little baby, either Blanket or Paris was a little baby, and he came over with them, cooled out for a minute. It was nice. There was a whole regular person in there."

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On Life These Days

"After all these years, I've done well and I'm cool. I feel comfortable in my skin, I've saved some paper, everybody's healthy, my kids are beautiful and smart, doing different things, it's all good. I'm trying to maintain my shit like this, and do a fun project every now and then."

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