Before 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 necessary it was to him that the sequel be a worthy follow-up to the world showcased within the unique movie.
“Coming to America is one of my films that has really worked its way into the culture. People get dressed up as the characters for Halloween, and they still walk around saying catchphrases like ‘Sexual Chocolate.’ All of that stuff just kind of stayed around-like Randy Watson doing the very first mic drop… The one thing that I didn’t want to do was a bad sequel to a movie that a lot of people have a lot invested. A lot of people grew up watching Coming to America. It’s special to them. So, you don’t want to taint that.”
In 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 stored a secret from him. Joffer embarks on a second voyage to America to satisfy his son and groom him to turn out to be the brand new Crown Prince of Zamunda. According to Murphy, Coming 2 America goes to comply with 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 is unique, it’s rare. Black people, we don’t get a lot of movies like this one. Coming to America is a romantic fantasy comedy. Usually, when we see ourselves on the screen, it’s heavy things…Rarely do we get just to go see some escapism. Just to go see a movie and not have to think about any of that stuff. Coming to America is an all-Black cast, but the movie’s not about race. It’s not about, having a foot in your ass or ‘Wake up’ or ‘Keep hope alive.’ It’s none of those things that you can just go and sit back and watch the movie. And it’s about these people and it’s about somebody that’s trying to find true love. It’s like a fantasy, like a fairy tale. And that’s the legacy of the movie that it’s one of the few romantic fairytales with Black people. I think that’s why we love it. That’s why 30 years later, we still watch it and they show it on Christmas and all that. Cause it’s this sweet thing.”
Directed by Craig Brewer, Coming 2 America stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, 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.