David Letterman talks hosting the Oscars with Eddie Murphy
The former host to the 'Tower Heist' star: 'It ain't all it's cracked up to be.'
I quite enjoyed "Tower Heist." It's a diversion, and Murphy isn't in it to the extent that you might think (he doesn't really figure in until the second act rolls around -- more of him would have been great, actually). But the final action sequence is fun and gripping. Michael Pena should be tapped for comic relief in, like, everything. And it's worth noting that there is a zeitgeisty haves/have-nots article waiting to write itself in both the release of this film and "In Time."
But I digress. Naturally, Ratner and Murphy have been fielding a ton of questions regarding the Oscar telecast they will produce and host respectively in February. It's the usual light and fluffy chatter, nothing to really sink your teeth into. Murphy has been quipping all over the place that he'll be "the worst Oscar host in history," that kind of thing. Winks and nudges and "we don't have anything to say so let's give them something because they won't stop asking."
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Then again, that's kind of the point of taking the gig. It puts a lot of eyeballs on "Tower Heist" that might not have been there otherwise. Shrewd moves all around.
Anyway, last night Murphy stopped by "The Late Show with David Letterman" to talk about the film, and given that Letterman probably WAS one of the worst Oscar hosts in history (I imagine he'd admit as much), it was fun to watch them talk about the gig (which Letterman quipped "ain't all it's cracked up to be").
I hope there's a Jon Stewart stop planned as well. Hearing older hosts go back and forth with a prospective one is always more interesting to me than the empty press queries that lead up to the show.
Check out the full interview below. They start talking Oscar around the 7:15 mark. He also stopped by "The Today Show" this morning to discuss. "Tower Heist" hits theaters nationwide on November 4.
2012-2013 OSCAR PREDICTIONS
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay
Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing
Best Makeup And Hairstyling
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Production Design
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Visual Effects
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature
Best Foreign Language Film
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