Open Channel: Let's Write Eddie Murphy's Character in Star Trek IV

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, and writer Steve Peerson went into further detail about Eddie Murphy’s removed role in the film. While the circumstances made sense, it’s a shame we never got to see Pluto Nash on the Enterprise, so it’s time to write his story.


According to Meerson, Murphy (a big Star Trek fan) was originally designed to play an astrophysicist at Berkeley. It’s not known how big his part would’ve been, but it looks like it was pretty substantial, since Catherine Hicks’ character Gillian Taylor was brought on to replace him. According to an interview with Leonard Nimoy in 2008, Murphy thought the character was too much like the one he played in Beverly Hills Cop, and he wanted to play a Vulcan instead. Sadly, the talks with Murphy eventually fell through and he moved onto The Golden Child, which he later seemed to regret.

So, in honor of the role-that-never-was, and the fact that it’s Sunday and we’re all sitting on our heels waiting for Westworld, let’s workshop Murphy’s character in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. He could be a male version of Gillian Taylor, a Starfleet officer, or heck, just bring Pluto Nash aboard and see what the hell happens. I like to imagine that he was the universe’s only wisecracking Vulcan. They couldn’t just get him to stop cracking jokes, and Spock got so pissed. Okay, engage!

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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Angrier Geek

I can understand his reticence. He wanted to be a part of something he loved and they wanted him to be on the outside of it. It’s a shame because in addition to natural charisma Murphy is actually a decent actor when he wants to be. Rob Baker said Murphy deserved an Oscar nomination for The Nutty Professor. He doesn’t, but when you look back he did a damn good job. Professor Klump is nothing like Eddie Murphy. A fat suit didn’t make him a completely different character. Buddy Love is equally an exaggeration of himself. He’d do this again in the undeservedly overlooked Bowfinger: play a parody of himself alongside his polar opposite. Unfortunately he’s like Stallone in that he’s also a prime example of the 80's excess. They made so much lazy, by-the-numbers big-budget studio crap their instances of good work is all but overlooked.