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Helmed by Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer, the new film stars Eddie Murphy as Moore, something of a comeback role. Co-starring alongside Murphy are Keegan Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Titus Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Wesley Snipes. Murphy’s unofficial “debut” on Netflix, via Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, put Murphy back front and center, with news of upcoming comedy specials.
Written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson), Dolemite Is My Name! delves into the late, great Moore, who’s best known for his title role in Dolemite. Even more than his over-the-top film exploits, he was a comedian and singer, catering mostly to Black audiences. In the trailer, Murphy portrays Moore, starting in the creation of his outlandishly pimped-out persona.
Moore released numerous (usually raunchy) comedy albums starting with 1959’s Below the Belt. It would be over a decade later, between 1970 and 1971, that he would find peak comedic success with the albums Eat Out More Often, This Pussy Belongs to Me, and The Dirty Dozens.
Here is the full trailer:
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Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.