Eddie Murphy has been an icon for decades thanks to his numerous beloved comedic roles that made him one of the biggest stars in the world whether it's Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America, Shrek, Trading Places, or The Nutty Professor. The actor has also been making his return in the past couple of years as he is actively doing more films again.
However, there were also films that the comedy icon was originally offered to or supposed to star in that he ended up passing. One of them is a cameo appearance as an astrophysicist in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The role was originally written for him since the actor is a huge fan of the franchise.
In his recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Murphy briefly opened up about why his Star Trek cameo didn't pan out. He revealed that he turned it down since he wanted to have a bigger role and have scenes around the USS Enterprise.
"I was gonna be the one that they met when they got to San Francisco and I was like, 'No, I wanna beam up and be on the ship,' so I didn't do it," he said.
While it might be a missed opportunity for the fans to not see Murphy in the film, it is also understandable why the actor passed on the opportunity and you can't blame him for wanting to have a bigger part since he is a fan of the franchise and it might have been his dream to be part of the crew.
Considering that the franchise is still active on television through the Paramount+ shows and Paramount Pictures is still developing a fourth film on the reboot, there might still be a chance for Murphy to make an appearance in the franchise and potentially play the kind of role that he wants to portray.
A lot of fans will definitely be delighted to see the comedy iconic show up whether it's on a TV show or film even if it's just a cameo appearance. While it might be unlikely right now since he is busy with other endeavors, the possibility is certainly out there.
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