EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Murphy Opens Up About His 9 Kids and Why He Waited 4 Years to Make Another Movie

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Eddie Murphy is a father of nine children ranging in age from 27 to 3 months, but don't call them old.

"They're grown, I wouldn't say 'old,'" Murphy tells ET. "None of my children are gray and balding."

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Eric, 27, Bria, 26, Christian, 25, Miles, 23, Shayne, 21, Zola, 16, Bella, 14, Angel, 9, and newborn Izzy, keep their dad on his toes as he juggles all their schedules and events, but he wouldn't have it any other way.

"The brightest part of my life is my kids," Murphy says. "My world revolves around them -- even the old, gray bald ones," he teases.

While Murphy was able to joke around in our interview, his new movie, Mr. Church, isn't going for laughs.

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In the heartfelt drama, Murphy plays Henry Joseph Church, a 40-year-old chef in 1965 Los Angeles who has been hired to cook for Marie Brody, a woman dying of breast cancer, and her daughter, Charlotte. When the job extends from months to years, Henry becomes a father figure to Charlotte and learns what family is all about.

"After 35 years, I've been making movies and I've been blessed to play everybody from the donkey to an old lady to talking to the animals," Murphy shares. "I've done all these different types of stuff and I've never done anything like this, and if you get something that you've never done before after you've been doing something all these years, that's a cool thing."

Not only is the film a departure from Murphy's usual comedies, it's been four years since the Golden Globe winner has done a movie at all.

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"Audiences, if they're seeing you all the time, they'll get sick of looking at your face," Murphy says, explaining the hiatus. "I'm no different from any of the other faces ... So I was like, let me take a break and give the audience a break."

Mr. Church hit theaters Sept. 16.