Back in Action: Eddie Murphy Reflects on the Challenges of Beverly Hills Cop 4

Ahead of the 40th anniversary of Beverly Hills Cop, Eddie Murphy returns to his role as Foley and opens up about how difficult it was to get back into shooting action sequences

by Sededin Dedovic
Back in Action: Eddie Murphy Reflects on the Challenges of Beverly Hills Cop 4
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Eddie Murphy returns to the Beverly Hills Cop series and reprises the role of Axel Foley in the fourth part of this franchise. As the Beverly Hills Cop franchise approaches its 40th anniversary, fans are gearing up for an exciting reunion with the irresistible Axel Foley.

In an unexpected turn of events, Eddie Murphy, the charismatic star who brought Axel Foley to life, is set to reprise his iconic role in the fourth installment of the popular film. Reflecting on the challenges of stepping back into Axel Foley's shoes, Murphy revealed: "It was tough.

I did Axel Foley when I was 20, but I'm not in my 20s anymore. It was an action movie, so it was tough. But we did it," as he candidly shared with People magazine. He added that he would not have accepted such a role if it were not for his iconic and most famous film.

Eddie Murphy had to get off the couch

Directed by Martin Brest, the action comedy follows Axel Foley, a Detroit cop with a penchant for trouble, who finds himself on the glamorous but dangerous streets of Beverly Hills.

The narrative centers around Foley's relentless quest to solve his best friend's murder, interweaving elements of humor and real action. “It's a really physical movie and I had to do some physical things … I like to be on the couch, I don't like to jump and shoot and run,” Murphy said of shooting the action scenes.

"And I had to jump and run and shoot. And as a result of all that... at the end of the movie, I had a knee brace and my back hurt. But the movie will be special," he added. Returning alongside Murphy are familiar faces Judge Reynolds and John Ashton, reprising their roles as Billy Rosewood and Taggart, respectively.

Additionally, the star-studded cast welcomes newcomers Kevin Bacon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Taylor Page, adding fresh energy to the franchise.