Murphy plays James Thunder Early in the classic Dreamgirls. Set in early 1960s to mid-70s, Dreamgirls follows the rise of a trio of women: Effie, Deena, Lorrell who form a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. who offers them the opportunity to become the back-up singers for headliner James “Thunder” Early. Co starring Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, and Beyonce. Beyonce:
He would say the funniest things to break the ice and he would compliment everything the thought was great.