Eddie Murphy Misses His Movie Premiere
07/09/2008 AT 10:25 AM EDT
"He's not here because he's doing a movie and shooting – he goes back-to-back-to-back," producer David T. Friendly told PEOPLE on the premiere's red carpet. "Eddie, he'll never admit it, but he loves to work. And I think work keeps him happy."
Murphy, 47, is shooting the film A Thousand Words, Access Hollywood reports.
He has kept a low profile since his sudden split from Tracey Edmonds last winter, and recently he talked about retiring from acting. But his Meet Dave costar Gabrielle Union says the father of seven is "at peace."
"He's a really cool guy," says Union. "His kids were always on set. He's just really cool and at peace with himself."