Arsenio Hall talks about filming ‘Coming 2 America’

Hall shares what convinced him and Eddie Murphy to finally make a sequel of the hit comedy.
6:45 | 02/22/21

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Transcript for Arsenio Hall talks about filming ‘Coming 2 America’
Our next guest is an actor and an absolute legend, he starred alongside Eddie Murphy in the new movie "Coming 2 America." Sequel to the 1988 hit "Coming to America." Arsenio, thank you for joining us, my friend. Hey, Mike, robin, George, how is everybody in. We're doing great. I couldn't believe it, it's been 33 years since the first "Coming to America" America. What made you and Eddie get together and do the sequel? We never planned on there being a sequel. We were happy with the first times you would get a call from Beyonce's office they're doing a coming 2 America party, dress like the characters. Decorate restaurants and Eddie is not into social media. One day he said, maybe there shld be a second one. He started working on a story. At some point he brought me the story, that's almost perfect. The only thing that wasn't perfect he wanted Tracy Morgan to play his son, I think they kind of look about the same age. That would have been a little bit of an issue but we still have Tracy in the movie. But there are so many from the original cast, Arsenio, I immensely -- I was a little worried about the sequel, but my fierce were unfounded. Having the original cast members back, a lot of reminiscing? It's interesting, robin, you mentioned that you were worried. Eddie has more confidence than I do. We went to get coffee one day and as we were leaving the barista said, don't mess up my movie, I'm like, whoa. Robin's been raving about it all morning. We want to give everyone a sneak peek right now. Soon they will assassinate me. I have a child on the other side of the world. Take heart in your grief, you're king now, be as your father, bark orders at me, throw things at me, it will make you happy. Prepare the royal jet. We're going back to America. Oh, hell no, your majesty. Not exactly what you meant when you gave him that advice I heard there's one scene that you shot with Eddie that was painful, literally painful, what happened? Well, you know, when you work with Wesley snipes, he's a brilliant stuntman, he's a great actor, Eddie's only a great actor, when we did this one stunt he's supposed to kick me, he slipped and he kicked me really hard, he kicked me so hard the next day his foot was sore. We had a ball. We had a good time. They shouldn't have paid me for this one but I'm glad they did. You had five different characters in the movie, did you have a favorite in. The one with the least amount of stuff on face. It was a six-hour makeup job, anything less than that one I'm happy. In recent years you returned to doing standup, you planned on continuing that, then the pandemic happened, so as soon as we get through, do you want to get back on the road again doing some standup? I'd love to. The plan was, with all the comics in "Coming 2 America" I thought that it would be a great way to promote the movie but when man makes plans god giggles. I wanted to do it so Eddie could get back into it. I think that would be a great thing. That's a great idea. I have to tell people, you need to stay and watch through the credits because the outtakes and we saw there Eddie kind of gets you, he's not a stunt person, was there a lot of improvising on set? Yes, as a matter of fact, the clip you just showed, robin, he said to semmi, he said we're going back to America and there was an entire piece of the script where I said, we could hire a detective, we could have facetime, he said, stop it, we're going back to America and the scene played that way and Eddie whispered to me, if he gives us one more take just say hell no. I said you're the star and the producer. I said, oh, hell no, your majesty. The Krout takes as the credits roll, there's a bonus at the somebody singing queen. You watched Eddie's family grow up, how was it to have his youngest daughter Bella on the set with you guys? It was incredible. I got to do a fight scene with her. I'm so proud of her, she's been waiting for this moment. She's been studying and taking classes and Eddie made her audition for this, he didn't give it to her, he made her read for this. We'll be checking it out. We're so happy you're on the show this morning. Arsenio, as always, good to see you. Robin. Our man, Arsenio, "Coming 2 America" it premieres on Amazon prime video on March 5th. Coming.

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