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Stand up comedian turned actor Eddie Murphy has been making us laugh for over 35 years. He has starred in almost 40 movies, including three stand-up comedy specials, and today the New York native celebrates his 52nd year on this earth. In honor of his special day, here are 15 hilarious lines from the funnyman over the years.
In his debut as the romantic lead in the 1992 hit Boomerang, Murphy played the dashing womanizing Marcus Graham. In one memorable scene, Graham talks to his boys, played by Martin Lawrence and David Alan Grier, about his ultimate turn off: a beautiful woman with messed up feet.
“She was beautiful but her feet were jacked up. I pulled the covers back and it was hammer time I should’ve known something was up I saw the little bumps on the top of her shoes when I met her but I thought maybe it was an old shoe or something but you would never, ever think a woman that fine would have hammer time in her shoes.”
The movie ends, the credits roll, and you’re still sitting there in the movie theater, grinning over the residual effects of the couple’s clumsy kiss, enthusiastic sex…or their bold efforts to save the world. Viewers savor movies like this because it gives them a chance to bask in inflated Hollywood love stories, so they can indulge in love that they know or have yet to experience. Sometimes, the love that transpires between two characters can seem larger than the screen; and we can only imagine that if these lovers were real, they’d be the couples that everyone glared at with envy.
Their Eyes Were Watching God: Halle Berry & Michael Ealy
The telefilm Their Eyes Were Watching God, based on the soulful novel written by Zora Neale Hurston, places Berry’s character (Janie Crawford) opposite Ealy’s character (Tea Cake). After two difficult marriages, Janie finds love with Tea Cake, who is younger than her and has questionable motives. Even so, the two run away and fall in love, however the movie ends with Janie having to shoot Tea Cake who is driven mad by rabies. While Berry and Ealy may seem like a surprising pairing, the two set the screen ablaze with their fiery chemistry. The pair leaves audiences blushing with their television-acceptable yet mouth dropping love scene. With the exception of the tragic ending, I would love if these two lovers were real. Click here to view the video which recaps their romance through clips from the movie.
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You quote the lines. (“Sexual Chocolate!”) You love the story. And you have to admit that the costumes from the trashy club wear to that gorgeous, pink wedding dress are to die for. Coming to America was another hit in a string of Eddie Murphy blockbusters in the late eighties and early nineties. Grossing over $128 million dollars domestically, it eventually became the 3rd highest grossing film of 1988. We know you love it but did you know some of the secrets behind this comedic classic?
There’s a bit of discrepancy circulating around the internet about how the choreography of this dance came together. Some claim that a significant portion of the moves come from “Thriller,” which was choreographed by Michael Peters. (They say it’s just really sped up.) But in reality, former Laker Girl and “American Idol” judge, Paula Abdul is the mastermind behind this scene. The only commonality between Thriller and this dance is that John Landis directed both the music video and the film. We have to give Paula her props on this one. If you don’t remember how brilliant it was, check out the video below and refresh your memory.
Haven’t heard of Calvin Lockhart? Well the Nassau, Bahamas-born actor with skin that The New York Times compared to brown velvet was a Broadway thesbian, a Blaxploitation star and a director. He’s been on and in everything from Cotton Comes to Harlem, the horror film The Beast Must Die, Uptown Saturday Night, and Coming to America of all things! On top of all that, as you can see, Lockhart was also an all-around FINE brotha. If you would like further proof of that, check his bad self out in our gallery.
We’ve kept the flame going for a few of our favorite on-screen boos for years, thanks to their charisma, good looks and other special, ahem, attributes. For a few fellas, there’s also a quote or two that has stuck in our minds since our first viewing of them.
Check out some of our favorite notable quotes from some hot movie men and let us know which of your favorites we may have left off!
Your boyfriend, boo thang or husband has been known to work your nerves on occasion. But he’s human. You probably irritate him a little bit too. Despite his flaws and quirks, hopefully he’s still a good dude. If he’s really been testing you as of late, compare him to some of these fictional fellas who had no type of act right whatsoever. If you finish this list and realize your man is just like one of more of these men, it’s time to get your life together with a quickness.
February may be over but love is still in the air, as spring gets ready to set in. Let’s take a look at my favorite love/relationship scenes in black films. Though they may not be typical, these moments illustrate our vulnerabilities in relationships, our joys, great love-making and compromise. It’s important to highlight loving relationships in our communities because we’re often inundated with negative depictions of black love, re: baby mama drama. Don’t get all dreamy on me, but for one second allow these films’ special moments to inspire positive energy in your life while on your quest for love.