Upon its release in 1988, Coming to America was a huge success, but because of challenges during filming it's a miracle the movie was made at all. Behind the scenes, Coming to America was a nightmare for comedian Eddie Murphy who, along with the rest of the cast and crew, pulled off one of the most sensational comedies of the 20th century. Murphy butted heads with longtime collaborator John Landis (who directed An American Werewolf in London and the music video for "Thriller"), and the crew only had six months to make the entire movie.
Coming to America isn't the first time a comedy hit has overcome production problems; it wasn't even John Landis's first time dealing with behind-the-scenes blues. Even though the filmmakers faced serious adversity while on set, they managed to piece together a memorable staple of 1980s comedy. These stories don’t just shed light on Coming to America, they also provide insight into The Nutty Professor and Beverly Hills Cop III - both films that found their footing on the set of the little comedy movie that could.
The Set Was So Tense That Eddie Murphy Had His First And Last Drink While Filming
Production Began Just Months Before The Release Date
John Landis Called Eddie Murphy "The Pig Of The World"
There Were Multiple Lawsuits Over The Content Of The Film
James Earl Jones Referred To Eddie Murphy As An "Arctic Wind" On Set
McDonald's Was Surprisingly Chill About McDowell's