Eddie Murphy Says He Was Supposed to Be in 'Ghostbusters' but Did 'Beverly Hills Cop' Instead

Comedian Eddie Murphy during an appearance reminisced about a time when he turned down a role on "Ghostbusters" and worked on "Beverly Hills Cop" instead. 

On Saturday, Eddie Murphy graced "The Tonight Show" show with his presence, and it was there he revealed some interesting and enlightening details to host, Jimmy Fallon.

A portrait of Eddie Murphy from 2006. | Photo: Getty Images

A portrait of Eddie Murphy from 2006. | Photo: Getty Images

Murphy who recently hosted Saturday Night Live 35 years after he left revealed that,

"The only movie I ever turned down that became a big hit was 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit.'"

The host, however, continued by stating that "Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wanted you to be one of the original Ghostbusters, but you turned it down."

Eddie Murphy and his fiancé Paige Butcher at the red carpet of the 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Washington in October 2015. | Photo: Getty Images

Eddie Murphy and his fiancé Paige Butcher at the red carpet of the 18th Annual Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Washington in October 2015. | Photo: Getty Images

Murphy replied,

"Yes, but because I did 'Beverly Hills Cop.' It wasn't like I turned it down, I wasn't available because I was doing this other movie."

Returning to Saturday Night Live is not the only come back expected of the Comedian. The actor will also be reprising his role as Akeem in the hit comedy movie, "Coming to America." 

Honoree Eddie Murphy speaks onstage at Spike TV's "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" at the Saban Theatre | Photo: Getty Images

Honoree Eddie Murphy speaks onstage at Spike TV's "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" at the Saban Theatre | Photo: Getty Images

The sequel will not only have Murphy reprise his role but also will be starring his fellow co-stars, Arsenio Happ and James Earl, Jones. 

During an interview with The New York Times, the "Dolemite is my Name" star spoke on how remorseful he is for some of his past comedy stints, which were focused on AIDS and the LGBTQ community. 

Just like SNL, this is also coming over thirty years after Murphy warmed millions of viewers' hearts as the charming Prince  Akeem from Africa, who came to New York to search for love. 

Eddie Murphy speaks onstage during the LA Tastemaker event for Comedians in Cars at The Paley Center for Media | Photo: Getty Images

Eddie Murphy speaks onstage during the LA Tastemaker event for Comedians in Cars at The Paley Center for Media | Photo: Getty Images

During another one of his appearances on Chappelle's Show, Murphy shared a hilarious story of what transpired when he went visiting at Prince's house with Questlove. 

According to Murphy, Prince was going to go skating in his rink with his light-up rollerskates. 

Although Murphy is known for his talent at making people laugh, this great feat had come to haunt him in the past. 

Paige Butcher and actor Eddie Murphy attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter | Photo: Getty Images

Paige Butcher and actor Eddie Murphy attend the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter | Photo: Getty Images

During an interview with The New York Times, the "Dolemite is my Name" star spoke on how remorseful he is for some of his past comedy stints, which were focused on AIDS and the LGBTQ community. 

According to Murphy, his homophobic comments in the past were "ignorant," and at the time, he wasn't concerned about the scrutiny his jokes brought. 

According to The New York Times, 

"He pointed out that he had been picketed and had apologized for material about AIDS that he now calls 'ignorant.'"

Murphy has since grown from his errors, and this is evident in his recent comeback on Saturday Night Live. 

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