- Director Craig Brewer said he came up with the idea to give the top of the Hats cap.
- Eddie Murphy’s comedy was also mentioned in 1988 “Coming to America”.
- “I still believe there is a cross-cutting film about Coming to America and Trading Places,” Brewer told Insider.
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“Coming 2 America” is filled with callbacks to the first film. But there is also a scene in the sequel that shouts another classic Eddie Murphy movie.
In the scene in which Lovell (Jermaine Fowler), Akim’s illegitimate son (Eddie Murphy), goes for a job interview, he sits down and calls the man who interviews him (played by Colin Jost), Mr. Duke. That should sound to Murphy̵
Then we see an oil painting of Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy) and Mortimer Duke (Don Ameche) on Calvin’s wall. They are the greedy brothers who play the villains in Eddie Murphy’s / Dan Icroyd’s 1983 comedy Local Trade. For those with a really sharp eye, you will notice that in the reception the logo says “D&D Digital Corporation”.
Coming 2 America director Craig Brewer said the stage would not initially pay homage to “Selling Places.”
“This whole scene would be someone unrelated to the dukes,” Brewer told Insider. “Calvin was just going to be the person interviewing Lavelle.”
But then Brewer said an idea came up.
“I wondered what would happen if this was the company that basically emerged from the ashes of the Dukes’ demise when Akeem gave them money in Arriving in America,” Brewer said.
That’s right, there’s the tip of the hat for “Place Trading” in 1988. “Expect America.” In a scene in which Akiem walks with Lisa (Shari Hadley), he stops to give some “jingling change” to two homeless people. But that change is actually thousands of dollars, and it turns out that the homeless are Randolph and Mortimer Duke. It is clear that the two have hit hard times after they broke up after the events from “Trade places”.
Once he saw the money, Randolph proclaimed, “Mortimer, we’re back.”
“So this full-circle thing that this Lavelle company is interviewing is basically based on the money that Akeem has given to the dukes,” Brewer said.
And to add to the authenticity of the scene, the oil painting on the wall was from “Trade Outlets.”
“We took this picture out of the Paramount vault,” Brewer said, referring to the studio that did Place Trading. “They sent it to us. We just wanted to go home, because this is Duke’s family business.”
Brewer has now made two films with Murphy. Before “Coming 2 America” he did “Dolemite Is My Name” with him. Could they unite for the continuation of “Local Trade”?
“I still believe there’s a cross between Coming to America and Trading Places, both starring Eddie Murphy,” Brewer said.
Coming 2 America is now available on Amazon Prime Video.