Across his decades-spanning career, Kevin Bacon has worked with some of Hollywood's finest ever acting talents – and according to the star, Eddie Murphy is right up there with the best of them.


Bacon stars as a shady police captain alongside the comedy legend in new Netflix film Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F, which sees Murphy reprise his role as maverick Detroit police lieutenant Axel Foley for the first time in three decades.

And speaking exclusively to ahead of the film's release, Bacon said that he "loved" getting the chance to work with Murphy, before going on to shower his co-star with praise.

"He's a very relaxed and a very immediate sort of actor, you know, it's like... he feels like very unrehearsed and very real," he explained.

"And that's good. Because I think that really keeps me on my toes, you know. I have to be ready for anything that he's going to, kind of, throw at me.

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"And yeah, it was really fun to be in scenes with him," he added. "He truly is a world icon, and I put him up there with working with [Jack] Nicholson and Meryl Streep, and, you know, [Clint] Eastwood. I've worked with a lot of great, kind of, iconic people and he's definitely one of them."

Another actor who was delighted to star opposite Murphy in the new film was Joseph Gordon-Levitt – who plays Axel's new partner Detective Sam Abbott and who had admired the actor for as long as he can remember.

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"When I was a little kid, it was my older brother that was a massive fan of Eddie Murphy," he explained. "And he would watch him on Saturday Night Live or watch his stand up comedy or in movies like Beverly Hills Cop – and I was probably too young really to be watching those things.

"But your older sibling, the stuff they like takes on a certain mystique," he continued. "You know, there's an aura... it's a little bit forbidden. But it makes it all the more attractive and cool.

"And so for me, Eddie Murphy is emblematic of that feeling of wanting to understand and like the stuff that my older brother liked. And so yeah, when I got the chance to play the new sidekick, opposite Eddie in Beverly Hills Cop... I was quite happy!"

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F is streaming on Netflix from Wednesday 3rd July 2024 sign up from £4.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.


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