Arsenio Hall’s Second Act

Arsenio Hall says his favorite memories from making the classic 1988 comedy Coming to America with good friend Eddie Murphy, 59, occurred when the cameras weren’t rolling. The comedian, 65, starts laughing as he recalls one night on the Paramount lot when he and Murphy had a two-hour break and decided to go to a nearby nightclub. No one had yet seen their now-famous characters Prince Akeem and Semmi, so imagine the surprise when the duo arrived in full costume complete with Murphy’s long braid, royal robes and gold chains. Says Hall: “People must have been thinking, ‘These guys are really crazy!’”

More than (on Amazon Prime March 5). Today, the characters, an African prince and his aide hilariously attempting to navigate New York City, are instantly recognizable—and the original film is more beloved than ever. For Hall, the sequel also represents an emotional comeback moment. After rising to fame in the ’90s with his groundbreaking late-night talk show he stepped away from Hollywood to focus on raising his son. “It’s time for me to do some more acting and some more stand-up,” he says.

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