Howard E Rollins Jr

  1. Eddie Murphy, 48 Hrs, 1982.   Three years earlier, Clint Eastwood was keen on playing the  jailbird, then went behind bars to Escape From Alcatraz, 1979. Director Walter Hill suggested Gregory Hines; unavailable. Pryor, Howard E Rollins Jr, and Denzel Washington were all ready for The Scene: “I’m you’re worst fucking nightmare, man. I’m a nigger with a badge. That means I have permission to kick your ass whenever I feel like it.”  Murphy was bursting for a movie. “I was just in the right place at the right time and said the right thing. And had a charming  smile.  I really lucked out.” Although Paramount studio chief Michael Eisner tried to fire him after three weeks!  Take: $60m. Murphy’s salary: $200,000.  But $7m for the sequel. And top billing!

 Birth year: 1950Death year: 1996Other name: Casting Calls:  1