9 Extremely Specific Tics You Never Noticed In Famous Actors

8. Eddie Murphy's "Bruce Lee" Look

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Alongside the famous laugh – and making an impressive number of terrible family movies – there’s another Eddie Murphy tradition that has probably slipped by most people.

It started about during production of his first movie 48 Hrs, where he was nervous he wouldn’t look convincing holding a gun, and the only idea he could think of was to copy Bruce Lee’s signature style of darting his eyes around intensely. So that’s what he did, which turned him from wisecracker into badass instantly.

It was so successful he copied it for any subsequent action role. including the Beverly Hills Cop movies, Another 48 Hours., I Spy and Showtime. Besides being a funny piece of trivia, it’s also a heartfelt homage on Murphy’s part, who was a big fan of the martial artist and states Lee is the only actor he’s ever consciously copied.

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