Eddie Murphy did not “Meet Dave” when the pic premiered Tuesday at the Village.
The film’s star was said to be off shooting “A Thousand Words.” However, the director of both films, Brian Robbins, was on hand, which left room for a few questions no one was leaping to answer.
Without Murphy, the preem exemplified a Hollywood bow without movie stars: the show goes on but at a lower wattage. There was a red carpet but with fewer TV crews; co-stars got more airtime; and the Westwood crowds watching were the size a documentary on Lee Atwater would draw.
The Fox execs were nonplussed by the nonappearance but upbeat on the film. Co-topper Tom Rothman said the pic was “a fun family movie with an original concept”; New Regency’s Hutch Parker described it as “the side of Eddie’s comedy that speaks best to a family audience”; and Fox’s Jim Gianopulos called it a “seven day movie. Families can go all week; that’s the beauty of summer.”