Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy star in the 1999 movie Bowfinger.
Eddie Murphy is hosting the Oscars next year. We talked recently about skepticism over Murphy being chosen to host. Apparently Murphy's good pal Steve Martin wants to make sure Murphy delivers on the big night, so he wrote this essay for Funny Or Die, "Some Oscar Hosting Advice to Eddie Murphy."
My favorite bits:
"The losers can feel very sad, so when you’re backstage with them, pat their backs, then shake your head sadly. It’s a blast!"
"If you feel tired midway through, give Neil Patrick Harris a Red Bull and throw some sheet music at him."
"Remember to relax and have a good time while 12,000 livebloggers rip you to shreds."
He also offers a nice commentary on celebrity in closing:
"Eddie, since you and I are old friends, and I sincerely thought you deserved an Oscar nomination for BOWFINGER, the movie we did together that stands alone in comedy history, from which we got no credit or acknowledgement except large paychecks and drivers and any type of food we wanted delivered to us every day in our really nice trailers, I wish you all the best on your Oscar hosting gig."