Nowadays, when people hear the name Eddie Murphy, reactions tend to be neutral, perhaps bordering on negative. Unless you mention him in front of my mother, who will spurt a sentence full of swear words and synonyms of "idiotic".
However, there was a time when he was funny. Screw that, there was a time when he was the funniest, edgiest comedian around and he maintained this title right until 1996 when he was offered $16m to make this.
"Every bad decision I've made has been based on money. I grew up in the projects and you don't turn down money there. You take it, because you never know when it's all going to end. I made Cop III because they offered me $15 million. That $15 million was worth having Roger Ebert's thumb up my ass."
Now he's the only one laughing, because he gets paid millions to fart in fat suits, but today - the 27th January 2011 - let us remember him for the comic genius he was.
RIP, the Talented Mr Murphy.