- Director Craig Brewer said he came up with the idea to add a hat touch to “Trading Places.”
- Eddie Murphy’s comedy is also mentioned in 1988’s “Coming to America.”
- “I still believe that there is a crossover movie that has to do with ‘Coming to America’ and ‘Trading Places,'” Brewer told Insider.
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“Coming 2 America” is full of callbacks to the first movie. But there’s also a scene in the sequel that salutes another classic Eddie Murphy movie.
In the scene where Akeem’s (Eddie Murphy) illegitimate son Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler) goes to a job interview, sits down and calls the interviewer (played by Colin Jost) Mr. Duke. That should ring a bell for Murphy fans, but then the next moment should really bring him home when Duke tells Lavelle to just call him Calvin because “my father is Mr. Duke and my grandfather and great-uncle who founded Duke. & Duke “.
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 the 1983 Eddie Murphy / Dan Aykroyd comedy “Trading Places.” For those with a keen eye, they will notice in the reception room the company sign that says “D&D Digital Corporation”.
“Coming 2 America” director Craig Brewer said the scene was not originally going to pay tribute to “Trading Places.”
“That whole scene was going to be from someone who was not related to the Dukes,” Brewer told Insider. “Calvin was just going to be a guy who was interviewing Lavelle.”
But then Brewer said an idea came up.
“I thought, what if this is the company that basically rose from the ashes of the Dukes’ doom when Akeem gave them money on ‘Coming to America,'” Brewer said.
That’s right, there’s a hint of the hat to “Trading Places” in 1988’s “Coming to America.” In a scene where Akeem walks with Lisa (Shari Headley), she stops to give two a “choppy change.” homeless. But that change is in fact thousands of dollars and the homeless are revealed to be Randolph and Mortimer Duke. Clearly, the two have been through tough times after going bankrupt after the events of “Trading Places.”
Once he sees the money, Randolph proclaims, “Mortimer, we are back.”
“So it’s this full circle that this company that Lavelle is interviewing for was basically founded on money that Akeem gave to the Dukes,” Brewer said.
And to add authenticity to the scene, the oil painting on the wall was from “Trading Places.”
“We got that painting out of the Paramount vault,” Brewer said, referring to the study that “Trading Places” did. “They sent it to us. We just wanted to clarify that this is the Duke family business.”
Brewer has now made two films with Murphy. Before “Coming 2 America” he did “Dolemite Is My Name” with it. Could you team up for a sequel to “Trading Places”?
“I still believe that there is a crossover movie that has to do with ‘Coming to America’ and ‘Trading Places,’ both starring Eddie Murphy,” Brewer said.
“Coming 2 America” is now available on Amazon Prime Video.