Coming to America has been a favorite throughout decades. Later this week, Amazon will debut the sequel, Coming To America 2.
Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss the new movie as well as touch on their friendship and how the 1988 classic came about.
During the interview, Kimmel inquired how fellow comedian and actor Louie Anderson came to be a part of the predominantly Black movie. As it turns out, Paramount said that white actor need to be added.
“I love Louie but I think we were forced to put Louie in it,” Hall stated. “No, I think we were forced to put a white person.”
Murphy furthered the point stating Paramount was dead set on having a white actor in the movie.
“Yeah, Paramount was like … because the whole cast was Black and this was back in the 80s, so it was like, ‘We have to have a white person, there has to be a white person in the movie!’” Murphy elaborated. “[We were like] ‘What?’ So, who is the funniest white guy around right now? And then Louie, we knew him and was cool with him, so that’s how Louie got in the movie.”
Murphy ensured that Anderson was incredibly funny while Hall elaborated that the pair was given ” a list of three white guys.”
In Coming To America 2, Murphy will reprise his role as Prince Akeem in search of his long-lost son.