11494 – If he does stand up again, I will travel the globe to see him!!

The trailer for “Meet Dave,” Eddie Murphy’s latest movie, is most remarkable for what it doesn’t feature: namely, Murphy in a fat suit or in drag, or both.
Instead, “Meet Dave” – out Friday – looks like it could actually be a return to the Eddie of yore, primarily because of its ’80s-ish premise about tiny alien soldiers commanding a starship shaped like . . . Eddie Murphy. How “Innerspace”! How “All of Me”!
Throw in co-star Elizabeth Banks – who brings a comedy resume that includes Judd Apatow and David Wain – and you’ve got a possible return to greatness.
How disappointing, then, to hear Murphy’s pitch to the public: “I have close to 50 movies and it’s like, why am I in the movies?” he told Tanika Ray of “Extra” recently. “I’ve done that part now. I’ll go back to the stage and do stand-up.”
Coming as a follow-up to Murphy’s well-documented dash from the Oscars after he didn’t win Best Supporting Actor for “Dreamgirls,” it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that Murphy’s no ray of sunshine. But perhaps getting back to his roots will cheer him up. After all, “Delirious” and “Raw,” his two stand-up concert movies, are among his most popular films ever.
Still, even Murphy may have realized that one doesn’t go around proclaiming one’s retirement when one is as big a cash cow as the formerly profane comedian.
Days after Murphy made the proclamation, one of his reps took it back, following the announcement with some seriously dubious news: “Eddie is not retiring. ‘Beverly Hills Cop IV’ is in development.”