Eddie Murphy came clean about this Hollywood icon who secretly hated Clint Eastwood

Jul 3, 2024

Clint Eastwood is one of the biggest movie stars in history.

But Eastwood isn’t universally loved by his fellow actors.

And now Eddie Murphy has just revealed the huge Hollywood icon who he says secretly hated Clint Eastwood.

Eddie Murphy reveals Marlon Brando didn’t like Clint Eastwood

Comedy and film legend Eddie Murphy recounted for the New York Times podcast The Interview about the time in 1982 he hung out with movie legend Marlon Brando.

The two-time Academy Award winner wanted to hang out with Murphy following Murphy’s breakout film role in 48 hours.

Murphy said when they were out, Brando remarked that he couldn’t stand Clint Eastwood.

“This is how long ago it was: He was going, ‘I can’t stand that kid with the gun.’ I was like, ‘What kid with the gun?’ He said, ‘He’s on the poster!’ ” Murphy stated.

“I was like, ‘Clint Eastwood?’ ‘Yeah, that guy!’ He was calling Clint Eastwood ‘that kid,’” Murphy continued.

At the time, Eastwood was 52 years old and Brando was still calling him a kid.

Murphy never went into why Brando couldn’t stand Eastwood.

It could stem from the two’s political differences.

Eastwood was one of Hollywood’s few open conservatives.

Brando was a well known liberal who supported Democrats for office and took a leading role in the civil rights movement.

At the 1973 Academy Awards, Brando refused to accept his Oscar for The Godfather in protest over the treatment of Native Americans in Hollywood.

Sacheen Littlefeather represented Brando instead.

Murphy details his night with Brando

Brando became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars for his role as the brutish Stanley Kowalski in 1951’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

In 1982, Murphy was a 21-year-old comic who became a star with his turn on Saturday Night Live, performing in sketches as an adult version of The Little Rascals character Buckwheat and in “Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood” – an urban spoof on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

Murphy told The Interview that his night with Brando got off to a bad start as a mix up in scheduling left Brando waiting in his car 30 minutes for Murphy to come down from his hotel room.

“He came and picked me up at the hotel. But there was a time mix-up, and I came down like a half-hour late — he was waiting for me in the car,” Murphy stated.

Murphy recalled how as soon as he got in the car with Brando, Brando began telling him that the acting profession was nonsense and that he was unimpressed with all the praise for The Godfather.

“He was like, ‘Eh, The Godfather.’ Not just ‘The Godfather’ — acting,” Murphy told the Times. “He was like, ‘Acting is bulls–t, and everybody can act.’”

“I was having these famous people that I grew up watching on television wanting to have a meal with me,” Murphy added.

“Now I look back and go, ‘Wow, that’s crazy. The greatest actor of all time wants to have dinner with you!’ But back then I just thought, ‘Well, that’s the way it is. You make a movie, and Marlon Brando calls,’” Murphy concluded.

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