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Eddie Murphy Refuses to Ruin Jamie Lee Curtis’ Haunted Mansion Reboot

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Eddie Murphy says Jamie Lee Curtis’ reboot of Haunted Mansion doesn’t need his “baggage” because his version “wasn’t very good.”

Eddie Murphy says Jamie Lee Curtis doesn’t need him in her Haunted Mansion reboot.

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Murphy joked that he didn’t want to jinx the project. “I did a Haunted Mansion movie, and it wasn’t very good, so I don’t know if they want to bring the old baggage and have me stinking up the new one,” he said. “My Haunted Mansion was not all that and a bag of chips.” Based on the Disney theme park ride, 2003’s The Haunted Mansion was savaged by critics and has a 14 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the negative reviews, however, it still grossed $182.3 million worldwide

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Disney’s 2023 reboot is also based on the popular theme park attraction. Directed by Justin Simien from a script by Katie Dippold, Haunted Mansion has an all-star cast featuring Rosario Dawson, LaKeith Stanfeid, Tiffany Haddish, Winona Ryder, Jared Leto, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito and the aforementioned Curtis, the original scream queen. Curtis and Murphy previously worked together on Trading Places, the 1983 hit comedy which also starred Dan Aykroyd.

Murphy was recently honored at the Golden Globes when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed upon him the Cecille B. De Mille Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. “It’s nice to get some recognition and to get a nice award,” Murphy said during the ET interview. “It’s a prestigious award and to receive stuff like this when you’re older, you really appreciate it more.” In 2007, Murphy won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a motion picture for Dreamgirls.

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Murphy’s tongue-in-cheek acceptance speech brought the house down when he outlined a three-step blueprint for success: pay your taxes, mind your business and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your mouth. Smith’s infamous slap of Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards will seemingly be a rich source of material for comedians in the years to come. “It was a good way to get off the stage,” Murphy said. “You’ve got to remember, at the roots, I’m a comic.”

Murphy can be seen next in You People with Jonah Hill, Lauren London, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and David Duchovy. The film premieres on Netflix on Jan. 27. Beverly Hills Cop fans can take heart knowing the long-awaited fourth film in the franchise is on its way with Murphy confirming to ET that shooting has wrapped. Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley will also star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kevin Bacon while Judge Reinhold (Billy), John Ashton (Taggart), Paul Reiser (Jeffrey) and Bronson Pinchot (Serge) reprise their roles from the earlier films.

Haunted Mansion is set to be released on Aug. 11, 2023.

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