Eddie Murphy is one of Hollywood’s top comedy stars.
Eddie Murphy is one of the most famous comedy stars in Hollywood, known especially for his iconic roles in The Cop (1984), A Prince in New York (1988) and The Nutty Professor (1996). Interestingly, his highest-grossing career is none of these, but a participation that many forget.
The highest-grossing of Eddie Murphy’s career is Shrek 2 (2004), which grossed over $928 million. The actor voices Donkey in the franchise, voicing the character in Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007) and Shrek Forever After (2010). Recently, Shrek 5 was announced with the original cast and a Donkey spin-off could also happen, as Eddie Murphy himself was in favor of this derivative.
The most interesting thing is that, among the five highest grossing of Eddie Murphy’s career, four are from the Shrek franchise. After the second film in the lead, comes Shrek the Third (over $807 million), Shrek Forever After (over $756 million), the first Shrek (over $491 million) and Heavy Duty Cop (over $316 million).
In Shrek 2, after marrying Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), Shrek (Mike Myers) lives happily in his swamp. Upon returning from her honeymoon, Fiona receives a letter from her parents, who are unaware that she is now an ogre, inviting her to dinner with her great love, with the intention of meeting him. At great cost Fiona manages to convince Shrek to go visit them, still having the company of Donkey (Murphy). Problems begin when her parents discover that she has not married the Prince (Rupert Everett), to whom she was betrothed, and they send Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) to separate them.
In a campaign for a Donkey spin-off, Eddie Murphy even joked that his character would be funnier than Puss in Boots, who has already received two films of his own. “I would be absolutely open if they came up with another [filme de] Shrek, I would do it in two seconds. I love Donkey,” the comedian actor told ETalk in a recent interview. “You know, they made Puss in Boots movies. I was like, ‘They should have made a Donkey movie.’ Donkey is funnier than Puss in Boots. I mean, I love Puss in Boots, but he’s not as funny as Donkey.”
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