Roles turned down by Eddie Murphy:
The actor backed away from starring in a movie version of Pulitzer Prize-winning author August Wilson's drama about family conflicts.
The role of Winston Zeddemore was originally written for Eddie Murphy.
Actor who got the part: Ernie Hudson
Eddie Murphy was considered for the role of the Grinch.
Actor who got the part: Jim Carrey
Eddie Murphy turned the role down to star in Holy Man.
Actor who got the part: Chris Tucker
Eddie Murphy was intended to play the marine biologist because he was a top box office draw of the 1980's. Paramount decided that wasn't a good idea, and Murphy did The Golden Child instead.
Actor who got the part: Catherine Hicks
Murphy admitted on Inside The Actors Studio that he turned down the role of Eddie Valiant. Murphy said he kicks himself in the butt every time he see's the movie.
Actor who got the part: Bob Hoskins
Did you know that Eddie Murphy was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)