In an interview, last month with ABC News, Lawrence, 57, talked about the influence both men have had on his career while focusing specifically on Murphy’s impact.
Describing his “Life” co-star, he said that Murphy, 61, was “very focused, very serious, he don’t play around.”
Lawrence went on to say that the “Coming to America” star is one of the industry’s top professionals to work with and someone who inspired him to get into comedy.
“Eddie is the reason, along with Richard Pryor, is the reason I do comedy, those two,” he said. “Eddie took it to rock star status. I was like, ‘Wow. I never seen that.’ And I said, ‘Wow, that’s my man, Eddie Murphy.”
He further explained that Pryor was a GOAT of comedy for his truth and his utilization of characters in his standup. He said Murphy “made it look good” with his style, original material, and overall standup superstar status.