Hold on to your bubble gum — these comedy titans reveal a surprisingly sticky-fingered past

By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated August 12, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

It looks like you guys get to do a lot of action in Tower Heist. Was it fun?
Eddie Murphy I’ve done all that kind of stuff before. We’ve all hung from stuff, and shotgunned and run fast and had fight scenes.
Ben Stiller Eddie’s more experienced in the action-comedy world than I am. This movie reminds me a lot of the original The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, which was an action movie but it also had a lot of comedy in it, and it was all New York-based characters.

You were on the set of Pelham as a kid, right?
Stiller That’s right! That was actually one of the first sets I was ever on, because my dad [Jerry Stiller] was in it.
Murphy Were you ever on the set of Fame?
Stiller Yes, I was on the set of Fame, Eddie. You know that. It was the scene where my mother [Anne Meara] yells at Leroy and he tells her…
MurphyYou read, you f—ing bitch!”
Stiller Eddie likes to do a very funny Leroy impression.

You’re trying to steal $20 million in this movie. What’s the best thing you ever stole for real? Keep in mind any applicable statutes of limitations.
Stiller When I was a kid, there was this mini-shoplifting phase that happened. I stole a lot of Dubble Bubble.
Murphy I actually stole some hubcaps my first year on Saturday Night Live.
Stiller Really?
Murphy I would park my car in Freeport on the Long Island Rail Road, and then ride it into New York. I came back one day and I saw some nice hubcaps, popped them off of someone else’s car, and then when I got home, I was on TV.
Stiller Wow.