Eddie Murphy felt 'no pressure' making Mr. Church

Eddie Murphy felt 'no pressure' making Mr. Church

Eddie Murphy felt "no pressure" making 'Mr. Church' because it isn't "a funny thing."

The 55-year-old actor is best known for his comedy work so he felt there was no "expectation" when he landed the lead role in the upcoming drama - in which he plays mysterious cook Henry Church - because it was such a departure.

Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter's 'Awards Chatter' podcast, he said: "I never did anything like this. It was something I could do where there was no pressure at all because there was no expectation because this isn't a funny thing. The engine of this thing isn't my sense of humor or what I do or my performance.

"This dude [Mr. Church] was an introvert, I don't usually play introverts."

'The Nutty Professor' actor wasn't even looking for a new role when he was sent the script for the film, but when he read it he instantly had a "strong emotional response" to the story.

He said: "I was literally not even thinking about movies at all, other than writing. I wrote a bunch of stuff, but I wasn't reading anything. I was in the backyard, just enjoying the yard. And this popped up out of nowhere and I had a really strong emotional response to it."

Despite wowing fans with his humour, Eddie has no interest in interacting with them via social media.

He said: "I don't need to be on social media interacting with the fans, tweeting that I just ate strawberries. Nothing has made me go, 'Oh, yeah, get me on, too, I want to be on there with y'all! I just had strawberries too!' 'I'm going to the store now!' 'Look at this picture of this baby!' I don't feel any pressure to live up to any whatever -- expectation -- anyone may have."