I have always loved Eddie Murphy. I mean face it, he is one funny guy. From back in the days of Saturday Night Live to now he has been in several movies that make us laugh. His latest film, A Thousand Words, hits theaters this Friday. In the film Eddie plays a man whose life changes when the thing that he is used to doing most…talking… is just about taken away from him.

Movie summary from Paramount Pictures:

Eddie Murphy is Jack McCall, a fast-talking literary agent, who can close any deal, any time, any way.  He has set his sights on New Age guru Dr. Sinja (Cliff Curtis) for his own selfish purposes. But Dr. Sinja is on to him, and Jack’s life comes unglued after a magical Bodhi tree mysteriously appears in his backyard. With every word Jack speaks, a leaf falls from the tree and he realizes that when the last leaf falls, both he and the tree are toast. Words have never failed Jack McCall, but now he’s got to stop talking and conjure up some outrageous ways to communicate or he’s a goner.

In a recent interview Eddie talks about the challenge of being funny without talking. Although I don’t see this as being much of a problem for him. 🙂

His character is tied to a tree in his backyard. As the tree loses its leaves, he realizes that when the last leaf falls the tree will be done and so will he. Limiting his talking to one thousand words is the key. This is very hard for someone who makes his money by talking his way through situations.

Personally I would have to text, email, and IM everyone. Well, I do that anyway. 🙂 But walking around from day to day and being able to use only a few words would be hard indeed. It certainly makes you think. If you had only a few words left to say what would you say? Who would you say it to?

If you are looking for an entertaining movie this weekend, check out A Thousand Words with Eddie Murphy. Watch the trailer below to see what you are in for.


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