‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Writers on How Eddie Murphy Was Their First and Only Choice for the Film | Video

“If Eddie loves it, we get to make a movie. If Eddie doesn’t love it, then there is no movie,” Scott Alexander says

In the minds of screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, there was only one person who could possibly play blaxploitation legend Rudy Ray Moore for their film “Dolemite Is My Name,” and that man was Eddie Murphy.

The two had first met Murphy 16 years ago, and they shared their mutual obsession with Moore, the ’70s film star and comedian who became famous for his cult character Dolemite. When the time came to finally write the script, they even went against one of their best instincts.

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Brian Welk

Brian Welk

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