Eddie Murphy was "never the first option to portray Candyman."

According to the filmmaker, Eddie Murphy was never the first option for the starring part in 'Candyman.'

In an interview about the release of a 4K version of the chiller, Bernard Rose, who created the original 1990s thriller, refuted the long-standing myth.

"That entire b******* stuff that's going around about Eddie Murphy, there's not a shred of truth to it," the 61-year-old told the NME.