Eddie Murphy Explains Why ‘Coming to America’ Is Different From His Other Movies, Spills Sequel Secrets

Legendary stand-up comedian Eddie Murphy is returning to host Saturday Night Live in December 2019. The dad of ten children, Murphy is keeping busy; he also just wrapped filming on Coming to America 2, the sequel to his classic 1988 comedy. Murphy admitted on a daytime talk show that his fans had very high expectations for this sequel.

Eddie Murphy explained how ‘Coming to America’ is different from his other movies

During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in December, Murphy told the talk show host what to expect from Coming to America 2.

“I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out,” Murphy said. He seemed almost relieved to report this news. Coming to America, Murphy explained, struck a definitive chord with fans.

“That movie more than any picture that I’ve done … I don’t know what it is in the culture.” Diehard fans of the 1988 comedy movie put a lot of pressure on Murphy to make sure the sequel lives up.

“A lot of people had this expectation,” Murphy explained. “People would say to me when they found out I was doing it, ‘don’t f*ck that movie up.'” However, it sounds like they didn’t do that.

“We’ve gone above and beyond what anybody would think,” Murphy gushed to Degeneres. “I’m really really happy with it.”

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The Ellen host also brought up the number of characters Murphy portrayed in Coming to America. Degeneres asked Murphy if he played that many people in the sequel. He started to list off his characters before coming up with an estimate.

“Maybe it’s five or six now,” Murphy replied.

Murphy says at age 58, he’s not sitting in any more makeup chairs

Degeneres also mentioned that playing all those characters must have meant a lot of time spent getting his makeup done.

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“You know,” Murphy started, “every time I do a makeup movie I always say, ‘This is the last time I’m doing this sh*t.’ And then I always wind up back in the makeup chair.” He says he keeps finding more movies where “it kinda makes sense” to do it.

“So I’m never doing it again, now,” Murphy joked.

Eddie Murphy, the father of ten kids, is hosting ‘SNL’ in December 2019

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Murphy was cast on SNL at age 19, and appeared on the series from 1980 to 1984. He is now returning to host SNL on Dec. 21, 2019. When Degeneres asked why he was going back now, he said it had to do with nostalgia.

“They had the 40th-anniversary thing a few years back,” he told Degeneres. “I saw all the other actors and actresses and the people in the crew and I got this big burst of nostalgia, and I started feeling like ‘Oh, I want to go back.’”

Now that Murphy’s movie Dolemite Is My Name has been released on Netflix, he said the timing is perfect.

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Mary Gross as Alfalfa and Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat in Saturday Night Live‘s “The End of Buckwheat” sketch in 1984 | RM Lewis Jr./NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Murphy also revealed to Degeneres which characters he would bring back when he hosted Saturday Night Live. He pictured that he’d want to play his 1980s greatest hits: Gumby, Mr. Robinson, a Mr. Rogers parody, and Buckwheat. We can’t wait to see who Murphy brings out on the 30 Rock stage.