It’s been twenty-five years since classic comedy Coming To America was released in theaters and unsurprisingly, folks are wondering why there was never a follow-up movie detailing what happened to Prince Akeem, Semmi and Lisa. Eddie Murphy recently appeared on Arsenio’s night time talk show, where the two discussed the flick’s 25 year anniversary and the reasons why a sequel never happened.
“Now I don’t know if people say this to you. They say it to me because they know I need the money, but umm, a lot of people say, ‘How come there was never a sequel?’ I’m not sure,” Arsenio said to Eddie.
According to Eddie, the film’s plot attracted a lot of lawsuits.
“When ‘Coming to America’ came out, there was like a bunch of lawsuits. It was too long ago for you guys to remember, but there was some dude claiming that he was the prince,” Eddie said.
He went on to hilariously tell the story of being confronted by one man who claimed the movie’s plot was about his life.
“I be out in the club and this African dude would roll up on me and say, ‘I am the real prince! You stole my life from me! And I want my money! I’ll kill you! This happened on a regular basis!”Eddie exclaimed.
Though the story sounds quite humorous, Eddie said that things got very real.
“I actually had depositions where I had to sit across the table from this dude. It was so many lawsuits, so we were like, ehhh.”
Arsenio hilariously reminisced about one part in the lawsuit where the man went as far as to claim that he came to America to find the leading lady from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video.
“Remember he said he came here after the girl in ‘Thriller?’ His pursuit was to come to America for the girl in ‘Thriller.’”
Hot mess! It’s great to see these two united and still as hilarious as ever.
Watch footage of Eddie and Arsenio discussing ‘Coming to America’ on the next page.