Eddie Murphy Is a Blaxploitation Legend in 'Dolemite Is My Name' Trailer

Biographical comedy is based on life of actor and comedian Rudy Ray Moore

Eddie Murphy is a bad mutha returning to the screen for the first time in three years to star in a biopic and comedy about a blaxploitation legend, Dolemite.

In “Dolemite Is My Name,” which Netflix is releasing later this year, Murphy plays the comedian and singer Rudy Ray Moore, who was inspired to branch out and develop an alter-ego he could use on stage of a foul-mouthed pimp named Dolemite. When the character’s direction couldn’t take off on stage or in a comedy album, he took Dolemite to the screen and made a series of blaxploitation movies starring his alternate persona.

“Dolemite is my name and f—in up motherf—ers is my game,” Murphy says while donning a garish suit and a silly afro wig. “It’s all pretend. I just created a character.”

The Dolemite character ended up appearing in three films, “Dolemite” from 1975, followed by “The Human Tornado” and “The Return of Dolemite.” But this new biography specifically follows the rise of Moore as he struggled to bring the Dolemite character to the screen and make something that black audiences specifically could get behind.

Craig Brewer directs the film that stars Murphy alongside Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Wesley Snipes, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, as well as with a special appearance by Snoop Dogg.

Watch the outrageous first trailer for “Dolemite Is My Name” above.

Every Black Director Nominated for an Oscar, From John Singleton to Spike Lee (Photos)

  • Spike Lee became only the sixth black director to receive an Oscar nomination in the Academy’s history for his work on “BlackKklansman.” But so far, no black filmmaker has won in that category.

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  • John Singleton, “Boyz N the Hood” (1991) • Two years after Spike Lee was passed over for a nomination for “Do the Right Thing,” John Singleton became the first African American to earn a Best Director nomination for his star-studded drama set in South Central L.A. That year, Jonathan Demme won the award for “The Silence of the Lambs.”

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  • Lee Daniels, “Precious” (2009) • Eighteen years passed before a second African American filmmaker was recognized: Lee Daniels, for his gritty portrait of a young woman seeking to overcome a childhood of poverty and abuse. In another Oscar first, Kathryn Bigelow became the first female director to win the Oscar, for “The Hurt Locker.”

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  • Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave” (2013) • British director Steve McQueen gritty drama about American slavery picked up nine nominations, including one for his directing. While the film won Best Picture (and McQueen earned a statuette as a producer), he lost the directing prize to “Gravity” filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón.

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  • Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight” (2016) • Jenkins’ underdog indie pulled off a major upset, beating front-runner “La La Land” for Best Picture. But Damien Chazelle claimed the directing prize for the modern-day musical. (Jenkins did take home the statuette for Best Adapted Screenplay.)

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  • Jordan Peele, “Get Out” (2017) • Peele became the latest actor-turned-filmmaker to earn a Best Director nod, for his feature filmmaking debut. Peele won an Oscar for his original screenplay but Guillermo del Toro won Best Director for “The Shape of Water.”

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  • Spike Lee, “BlackKklansman” (2018) • Despite wide acclaim for such films as 1989’s “Do the Right Thing” and 1992’s “Malcolm X,” the pioneering filmmaker earned his first nomination decades into his career for this fact-based tale of a black undercover cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.

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Spike Lee finally makes the cut for “BlackKklansman”

Spike Lee became only the sixth black director to receive an Oscar nomination in the Academy’s history for his work on “BlackKklansman.” But so far, no black filmmaker has won in that category.

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