When you think of Eddie Murphy... well, let's face it, there's not a lot to hold on to from the last two decades, with the exception of 'Shrek'. It's sad to think that there's an entire generation out there who, a) don't even recognise his face; b) don't know that incredible laugh of his; and c) don't know that he's one of the greatest and funniest actors, comedians and impressionists that ever graced our screens. My personal all-time favourite Eddie Murphy film and performance - or should I say performances - is 'Coming To America', and it just so happens that this month we celebrate 30 years since its release. During his long and illustrious career, Eddie became the ultimate chameleon - diving head-first into any and every character, and sometimes more than once in the same project.
Now, playing multiple roles in a single film isn't new, but it's always impressive and exciting, so I've put together a little list of my top 5 films with actors playing multiple roles. Sounds easy, right? Wrong! Where to start? Where to end!? These kinds of movies aren't exactly rare so I had to create some rules. Rule #1: Playing twins doesn't count. Apologies to any and all 'Parent Trap' and 'The Social Network' fans. While the performances are always impressive due in no small part to their difficulty, it's just not what I'm looking for here. Rule #2: No parallel stories. This includes but is not limited to the likes of 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Back the the Future' or 'Alex and Emma'. Yes, I realise that last one will cut a lot of people deeply. And finally, Rule #3: no 'Ocean's Thirteen'. That whole Julia Roberts playing Julia Roberts thing was just plain awful. So let's get cracking!