Eddie Murphy told W Magazine the “worst advice he ever got from Rodney Dangerfield.”
“Hey, kid. I don’t know where you’re gonna go with that — the language and the race stuff.”
Despite being “crestfallen” over Dangerfield’s reaction, Murphy opted not to change his act, and just a couple years later he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live and found mainstream success with his stand-up. As luck would have it, Murphy later ran into Dangerfield in the Caesars Palace restroom in Vegas, where their previous advice session came full circle. “Rodney Dangerfield comes to the urinal right next to me,” Murphy says. “And I look over, and he looks at me and says, ‘Hey, who knew?!’” Sometimes the best advice is just bad advice you’ve gotta prove wrong.