Eddie Murphy is gearing up for the holidays, both on and off screen.
The screen legend walked the red carpet at the premiere of his Christmas comedy Snoepgoedlaan on Tuesdaywhere he spoke with ET’s Kevin Frazier about the project and his own annual holiday traditions.
When asked why it took him so long in his career to make a Christmas-themed family comedy, Murphy said: “It never got around to it. I’ve made a few that are set in winter – Trading places is winter time, and Coming to America is a winter film. But this is the first time I’m just making a real Christmas movie.”
When it comes to his own Christmas traditions, Murphy explained that it has always been about “just everyone coming together.”
“I’m going all out for Christmas,” Murphy said. “I have 10 kids and the whole family comes over, and it’s just a house full of people. That’s my favorite dish.”
Murphy shares two children with his fiancée, Paige Butcher – with whom Murphy walked the carpet on Tuesday. He is also the father of eight other children from four previous relationships.
In the past, some have made comparisons between Murphy and… Nick Cannon — who has father of 12 children by six womenten of which arrived within about three years of each other.
When asked if he has any advice for Cannon and his twelve children, Murphy exclaimed, “Lord have mercy, yes, no, he doesn’t need any advice.”
In his new movie SnoepgoedlaanMurphy plays Chris Carver, a family man who wants to win a neighborhood Christmas decorating contest. However, things don’t go as planned after he makes a deal with a magical elf to aid him in his endeavors, and shenanigans ensue.
Murphy stars opposite Tracee Ellis Ross who plays his wife Carol Carver, and the comedy icon had nothing but praise for the many talents of his co-stars.
“We had really good chemistry together because she’s funny,” Murphy told ET. “She’s funny and she goes for it, and she’s a good actress. I’m going to do something different with her.”
Snoepgoedlaan debuts on Prime Video on December 1.
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