Eddie Murphy’s Largest Hope for Coming 2 America Is That It Would not Taint the Unique
Earlier than Black Panther launched mainstream popular culture to the delights of the nation of Wakanda, there was the nation of Zamunda, which featured prominently within the Eddie Murphy-led 1988 traditional Coming to America. Now, as Murphy prepares to serve up the sequel to the hit movie, greater than three a long time later, the actor defined to Essence journal how vital it was to him that the sequel be a worthy follow-up to the world showcased within the authentic movie.
“Coming to America is certainly one of my movies that has actually labored its method into the tradition. Folks dress up because the characters for Halloween, and so they nonetheless stroll round saying catchphrases like ‘Sexual Chocolate.’ All of that stuff simply sort of stayed around-like Randy Watson doing the very first mic drop… The one factor that I did not need to do was a nasty sequel to a film that lots of people have quite a bit invested. Lots of people grew up watching Coming to America. It is particular to them. So, you do not need to taint that.”
Within the upcoming Coming 2 America, Murphy returns as Akeem Joffer, the brand new king of Zamunda, who discovers that he has a son rising up in America whose existence had been saved a secret from him. Joffer embarks on a second voyage to America to fulfill his son and groom him to turn into the brand new Crown Prince of Zamunda. In keeping with Murphy, Coming 2 America goes to observe within the footsteps of the unique by telling a black-led trendy fairytale that audiences can discover consolation in.
“The legacy of Coming to America is that it’s distinctive, it is uncommon. Black folks, we do not get loads of motion pictures like this one. Coming to America is a romantic fantasy comedy. Normally, after we see ourselves on the display screen, it is heavy issues…Hardly ever can we get simply to go see some escapism. Simply to go see a film and never have to consider any of that stuff. Coming to America is an all-Black solid, however the film’s not about race. It is not about, having a foot in your ass or ‘Get up’ or ‘Maintain hope alive.’ It is none of these issues that you may simply go and sit again and watch the film. And it is about these folks and it is about any person that is looking for real love. It is like a fantasy, like a fairy story. And that is the legacy of the film that it is one of many few romantic fairytales with Black folks. I believe that is why we like it. That is why 30 years later, we nonetheless watch it and so they present it on Christmas and all that. Trigger it is this candy factor.”
Directed by Craig Brewer, Coming 2 America stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Corridor, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, Wesley Snipes, James Earl Jones, John Amos, Teyana Taylor, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Paul Bates, Nomzamo Mbatha and Bella Murphy. The movie arrives on Amazon Prime Video on March 5. Essence.