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With "Coming 2 America" hitting Amazon Prime today, Insider took a look back at the Eddie Murphy and Shari Headley in "Coming 2 America. Shari Headley is set to reprise her role as Lisa McDowell in Paramount's 'Coming to America 2' sequel. She will be joining Wesley Snipes. Eddie Murphy and Shari Headley, who played love interest Lisa in "Coming to America," are back together in "Coming 2 America.
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Whatever Happened To The Actor Who Plays Lisa In Coming To America?

The character of Lisa McDowell was a central figure in Eddie Murphy's '80s cult classic, Coming to America. In the film, Prince Akeem (portrayed by Murphy) set his sights on Lisa, played by Shari Headley, after leaving his native Zamunda and arriving in Queens, New York in hopes of finding a woman to become his wife and queen, via IMDb

Hailing from Queens herself, Headley had already received praise for her beauty prior to starring in the 1988 film. In 1984, Headley won a modeling contract after competing in the Ford Models' Supermodel of The World Contest, according to the bio on her official website. Prior to playing Lisa McDowell, Headley appeared in a few episodes of The Cosby Show, as well as Miami Vice. But her role in Coming to America helped her career take off. "I don't think in terms of competition and stardom," she told the LA Times in 1988."It hasn't hit me yet. I've gotten a few offers already, but I'm not eager to commit to anything yet. My main concern is not to get locked into one specific character."

Following the film's success at the box office, Headley went on to secure roles in TV series and made-for-TV movies. In 2019, it was revealed that Headley would be returning to reprise her role as Lisa McDowell in the long-awaited Coming 2 America sequel, via Deadline, and fans are undoubtedly curious about what she's been up to since. What she's been doing between the films?

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'Coming 2 America' review: Lazy, charmless sequel to Eddie Murphy's classic comedy

PLOT An African king discovers that his long-ago sojourn to America produced a son.

CAST Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler

RATED PG-13 (some crass talk)

LENGTH 1:48

WHERE Amazon Prime Video

BOTTOM LINE A lazy and charmless sequel to one of Murphy’s best movies.

You never know what you’ll get with an Eddie Murphy movie. Will he be the firework comedic talent of "Beverly Hills Cop," the surprisingly Serious Actor who wowed critics in "Dreamgirls" or the lowbrow clown of "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps?"

All three Murphys showed up in 1988’s "Coming to America," which may explain why the movie remains one of his strongest. The story of the African Prince Akeem, who flees an arranged marriage to find true love in New York City, "Coming to America" turned Murphy into a genuine romantic lead, allowing him moments of screwball charm and vulnerability but also indulging his love of ridiculous costumes; Roosevelt native Murphy also played a greasy soul-singer, Randy Watson, and an old kvetch named Saul, among others. Under John Landis’ direction, "Coming to America" became a major hit and one of the first mainstream Black romantic comedies.

Sadly, "Coming 2 America" is another one of those sequels that will sour your memory of a beloved original. Murphy returns as Akeem, now King of Zamunda, with three daughters by Lisa, his queen from Queens (Shari Headley). Akeem regrets that he has no male heir — that is, until he discovers the existence of his American son, Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler), the product of a stoned evening with sex worker Mary Junson (an underused Leslie Jones). Lavelle is a street-smart kid — never mind that he's technically 32 — who must adapt to the strange ways of Zamunda.

Screenwriter Kenya Barris (original writers David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein are also credited), is reusing the father-son premise from his lackluster "Shaft" (2019), and the results here are even worse. "Coming 2 America" feels like a mass of weak material thrown randomly at the screen by director Craig Brewer (Murphy’s "Dolemite Is My Name"). Depending on the moment, Lavelle is either a cocky hip-hopper, a bright young go-getter or an at-risk youth. Like his father, he has been promised to a bride, the daughter of the mad General Izzi (a welcome Wesley Snipes, literally cavorting in the role), but he’ll find love elsewhere, with the royal hairdresser, Merimbe (Nomzamo Mbatha). Meanwhile, Akeem’s firstborn daughter, Meeka (KiKi Layne), is understandably enraged that a man will now take her place on the throne. None of it jibes or jells in any way.

Much of the original film’s tenderness came from Akeem’s respect for women; he wanted a soul mate, not a helpmate. Here, Akeem backslides into chauvinism as a plot device, but the film unconsciously slides with him. Barris’ screenplay introduces several strong women, including Akeem’s middle daughter, Omma, a martial-arts warrior who wears STEM-signifying glasses. (She’s played by Murphy’s real daughter Bella.) Once these females telegraph their gender parity, however, they politely disappear. Meanwhile, Lavelle’s mom is mostly a walking "ho" joke and Queen Lisa barely exists. As for Merimbe, I’m not sure anyone ever addresses her by name; she’s just Lavelle’s girlfriend.

It’s nice to see much of the original cast again, from the likable Arsenio Hall as Semmi, Akeem’s loyal friend, to the deadpan Paul Bates as Oha, the singing royal servant. As for Murphy, fair warning: You know which one you’re getting.

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By Taiia Smart Young·

Thirty-two years ago we let our soul glow, embraced Sexual Chocolate in their powder blue tuxedos and followed Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem as he searched for his future bride in 1988’s Coming to America

The first look photos reveal that Akeem and Lisa (Shari Headley) are still together. The original cast—including James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall, Garcelle Beauvais and Vanessa Bell Calloway—have reprised their roles for the Coming 2 America sequel, arriving this March on Amazon Prime Studios.

Headley feels “so blessed to have everyone together” again, including her onscreen dad John Amos whose Cleo McDowell was famously inspired by McDonald’s. We can confirm that the Big Mick (not to be confused with the Big Mac) makes an appearance in Zamunda.

For Murphy, who stars, writes and produces, he’s been excited about reuniting with the cast and “making a movie that’s as good as the first one,” he said in an email statement. “Getting everybody together, including Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, James Earl Jones and the rest of my royal family, and making a really great movie, that’s my favorite part.”

But will fans love it as much as the original with all of its hilarious scenes and meme-worthy lines? Headley believes they will.

“I have no doubt that this will become a film that people will love.  I will venture to say they’ll love it more than the first…” says the veteran actress. “I think I’m as excited as the audience will be because this is just nonstop entertainment.”

Part of the funny factor is the big reveal that Akeem fathered a son (played by Jermaine Fowler) many years ago. It looks like Akeem did take his dad’s advice and “sow his royal oats” in Queens, New York—with Leslie Jones.

Last October, Jones, who’s hosting NBC’s Supermarket Sweep, shared this about the sequel, which she was reluctant signing onto. “I wasn’t going to do it because I was like, ‘I don’t want to be part of another remake.’ I thought, ‘Is it going to be good?’ When I saw the script, the rewrite of the script, I was like, ‘Wow, this is actually really funny,’ she said to ESSENCE. “They don’t stay stuck, they move into the future. They update everything. It’s actually a really good movie. I think everybody’s really going to love it.”

Wesley Snipes, Michael Blackson, Tracy Morgan and KiKi Layne (as Lisa and Akeem’s daughter) also round out the cast. But there’s one costar that Murphy’s especially excited to make an appearance: his own daughter, Bella Murphy.

“We have incredible new cast members who are all so funny and really brought their A-game,” he said.

Murphy adds: “This is the perfect time to return to Zamunda because it’s been a while since we’ve had a great comedy that everybody can enjoy. Zamunda is a very funny place, and the world needs that right now.”

Catch Coming 2 America on Amazon Prime Video March 2021.

TOPICS:  amazon prime videocoming 2 americaEddie MurphyShari Headley

Источник: https://www.essence.com/articles/first-look-coming-2-america-photos-eddie-murphy-shari-headley/

SA actress Nomzamo Mbatha’s star is in the stratosphere after impressing in the Hollywood hit film Coming 2 America, but was nearly derailed by impostor syndrome.

Nomzamo earned praise from fans and critics across the world for her breakout role as Mirembe in the highly-anticipated sequel.

In a recent interview with Harper Bazaar, Nomzamo admitted to being a little overwhelmed on set and was nearly overcome by the feeling that she did not deserve the role.

She said actress Shari Headley helped her get through it, by reminding her that she was good enough

“I don’t know what was happening to me that day. This day was just heavy for me, because I was just going through impostor syndrome, just thinking there are way more beautiful girls, more talented young women that deserve this. Why me?

“I was all up in my head, and I guess she noticed, and she just pulled me to the side and said, ‘Stop playing small.’ I remember looking at her. She put her hand on my shoulders, she said, ‘Stop playing small. This is your moment. You deserve to be here. You are so deserving. I’ve been where you are, and I played small. And I don’t want you to do that.’”

The experience started a friendship that Nomzamo said she will always treasure.

Speaking to the Sunday Times earlier this year, Nomzamo touched on her battle with impostor syndrome and said she had to remind herself: “You deserve to be here. You’ve put in the work; you’ve put in the investment to earn this role.”

The star has always encouraged young girls to follow their dreams and not doubt themselves.

She told fans in a 2018 Women’s Month post to: “Never bow to the naysayers who say you will never amount to anything, because you will. Your ability to rise, overcome and conquer is your superpower.”

-Times Live

Источник: https://zwnews.com/shari-headley-helps-nomzamo-mbatha-through-impostor-syndrome-on-coming-2-america/

THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'Coming to America' 32 years later

Eddie Murphy in Coming to America
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  • "Coming To America" premiered in 1988.
  • It was an instant classic, launching the careers of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.
  • Thirty-two years later, its sequel, "Coming 2 America," is on Amazon Prime Video today.
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"Coming To America," released in 1988, introduced a generation to the idealistic Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy), who hailed from the mythical African nation of Zamunda, in search of a bride he was actually in love with.

Refusing to wed the bride his parents had pre-selected for him, Prince Akeem traveled to Queens, New York with his best friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) to find the woman who could love him with or without a crown.

But it turns out their fairy tale ending came with a plot twist: The sequel to the comedy classic, aptly titled "Coming 2 America," reveals that the prince has a son he was unaware of from his youthful exploits living in the United States.

Written by the original movie's team of Murphy, Barry W. Blaustein, and David Sheffield with the help of "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris, "Coming 2 America" promises another lighthearted adventure as Akeem and Semmi return to the states to meet the unlikely heir to the throne.

They're joined by several original cast members, including Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, John Amos and Vanessa Bell Calloway, along with some new additions to the kingdom, such as Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Wesley Snipes and Teyana Taylor.

Watch the trailer for "Coming 2 America" and then scroll down below to see how far the royal family has come since the 80s.

 

Prince Akeem weds Lisa at the end of "Coming to America."

Shari Headley and Eddie Murphy in "Coming to America."
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In the original 1988 film, the romantic comedy ends with Prince Akeem returning home to wed the person chosen by his parents. When he gets to the altar, he realizes, along with audience, that his parents actually chose Lisa with whom he fell in love with back in Queens.

It looks like the two lived happily ever after. Or did they?

Eddie Murphy and Shari Headley in "Coming 2 America."
Amazon Prime Video

Stills from "Coming 2 America" appear to indicate that Lisa has made herself quite at home in Zamunda and in the crown. 

We can't help but wonder if her little sister and her father (James Amos) ever came to visit her? And whatever happen to her then-boyfriend Darryl Jenks (Eriq La Salle), whom she dumped because she was falling in love with her "little goat herder?"

Clarence cuts hair in his barbershop, aptly called, My T Sharp.

A still from "Coming to America"
Paramount Pictures

In the original version, Murphy tests out his characters, which he'd continue to do throughout his entire career, by embodying Clarence, the owner of a Queens barbershop. Hall is also one of the barbers, Morris.

Clarence's shop looks like it's still open.

Eddie Murphy in "Coming 2 America."
Amazon Prime Video

Thankfully, recessions and the pandemic didn't affect Clarence's barbershop, which is still full of customers. Even Saul, the Jewish barbershop customer, is still sitting in his chair. 

We just wonder if a haircut is still $8.

When Prince Akeem and Semmi first arrive in Queens, it looked nothing like Zamunda.

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in "Coming to America."
Paramount Pictures

Prince Akeem and Semmi received a harsh New York welcome when their luggage was stolen upon their arrival in Queens.

Prince Akeem and Semmi return to their block, wearing similar outfits.

A still from "Coming 2 America"
Amazon Prime Video

The pair return with equally fantastic taste in outerwear, but a few more street smarts we hope.

King Jaffe Joffer, Akeem's father, only wanted the best bride for his son in the original film.

James Earl Jones
Paramount Pictures

Actor James Earl Jones played one convincing royal papa in the original film, who encouraged his son to "sow his royal oats" before marrying his bride. Looks like he could be to blame for the sequel's plot.

The King of Zamunda wants his line of succession to be in tact before his death.

James Earl Jones in "Coming 2 America."
Amazon Prime Video

By the looks of the trailer, it doesn't seem like King Jaffe Joffer has long to live. He appears to be in bed when talking to Prince Akeem, demanding that he find his long-lost son in New York City since the crown can only be passed down to a son. The king is determined to see his grandson step into the line of succession.

Garcelle Beauvais (right) plays a flower thrower in the original.

Garcelle Beauvais in Coming to America
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Although we never learn her name in the film, Garcelle Beauvais' flower thrower was one of the many women at Prince Akeem's disposal when he took off to find true love.

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Thirty years on, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall are 'Coming 2 America'

By Alicia Powell

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 30 years after Prince Akeem Joffer and his sidekick Semmi first travelled to the United States to find a royal bride, Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reprise their roles in comedy sequel “Coming 2 America”.

Murphy, creator and star of the 1988 film - which proved more popular with audiences than critics when it came out - returns to the fictional nation of Zamunda, this time as Akeem prepares to become king.

A father to three daughters in a country where only a male heir can sit on the throne, Akeem finds out he has a son in America and returns to Queens, the New York borough he first visited decades ago, to meet him.

“This movie is like the first movie. It’s (an) all black cast and it’s ... not about race, and it’s not about civil unrest or social injustice or there’s no preaching,” Murphy told Reuters in an interview.

“(It) is just total escapism ... it’s a movie about family and love and tradition and doing the right thing.”

In the first film, the pampered prince foregoes his luxuries to find a woman who will love him for himself.

Most of the original cast reprise their roles in the sequel, which is released on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, including James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer and Shari Headley as Akeem’s wife Lisa. New faces include Murphy’s daughter Bella Murphy.

“Being on the movie set with my daughter was a big deal for me,” Murphy said.

The 59-year-old and Hall revisit the barber shop scene, a fan favourite from the original movie, where the actors portray multiple ageing characters.

“There is a part three that happens in 16 years,” Murphy said, jokingly leaving the door open for a future film. “I don’t think the barbers will be in this one though.”

Источник: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-film-coming-to-america-murphy-idUSKBN2AV1JO

Shari Headley Officially Returning for Coming 2 America

By Kevin Burwick

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The cast of Coming 2 America is starting to come together and it sees the return of many familiar faces.

Shari Headley is reteaming with Eddie Murphy for Coming to America 2. Headley is reprising her role as Lisa McDowell from the 1989 original. In addition to Murphy and Headley, the highly anticipated sequel also sees the return of Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Paul Bates, and John Amos. Leslie Jones, Kiki Layne, Rick Ross, and Wesley Snipes have also joined the cast. Production is reportedly getting set to begin this fall, after director Craig Brewer, Murphy, and Snipes finish off the promotional tour for Netflix's upcoming Rudy Ray Moore biopic Dolemite Is My Name.

In the original Coming to America, Shari Headley played Lisa McDowell, the love interest and eventual wife to Prince Akeem. John Amos played her father, Cleo McDowell, who was not too happy to see one of his latest McDowell's employees courting his daughter. However, things change once the elder McDowell finds out about Akeem's royal heritage and suddenly he is totally fine with the idea. It's not clear how these two characters will be brought back into the fold in Coming 2 America, but it is assumed that Akeem and Lisa are still married.

Coming 2 America will see Eddie Murphy's Prince Akeem, who is set to become King of Zamunda, as he discovers he has a long-lost son in America. Akeem wants to honor his father's dying wish to groom said son as the crowned prince of Zamunda, so he and Arsenio Hall's Semmi set off to America once again. It sounds like a promising start for the highly anticipated sequel and many fans are just happy it's happening at all with so much of the original cast returning to the fold, along with some newcomers.

One of the newcomers in Coming 2 America is veteran actor Wesley Snipes, who is playing General Izzi, a man who rules a neighboring nation. It is believed that Izzi and Prince Akeem will be rivals and that the General may be looking to expand his kingdom while Akeem is back in the United States. This pure speculation, but it does make a lot of sense. Kiki Layne is playing Prince Akeem's daughter, who considers herself to be the son her father never had. As for Leslie Jones' role, that is being kept under wraps for the time being.

Rick Ross' role in Coming 2 America is also unclear. However, he might be playing himself after letting Nick Cannon know in a new interview that some scenes will be shot at his estate. Whatever the case may be, the sequel is certainly shaping up to be something special. Eddie Murphy has largely stayed out of the spotlight over the years and is gearing up to make a big comeback. The actor/comedian is returning to one of his most beloved roles and is excited to be doing so. The casting of Shari Headley in Coming 2 America was first announced by Deadline.

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By Taiia Smart Young·

Thirty-two years ago we let our soul glow, embraced Sexual Chocolate in their powder blue tuxedos and followed Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem as he searched for his future bride in 1988’s Coming to America

The first look photos reveal that Akeem and Lisa (Shari Headley) are still together. The original cast—including James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall, Garcelle Beauvais and Vanessa Bell Calloway—have reprised their roles for the Coming 2 America sequel, arriving this March on Amazon Prime Studios.

Headley feels “so blessed to have everyone together” again, including her onscreen dad John Amos whose Cleo McDowell was famously inspired by McDonald’s. We can confirm that the Big Mick (not to be confused with the Big Mac) makes an appearance in Zamunda.

For Murphy, who stars, writes and produces, he’s been excited about reuniting with the cast and “making a movie that’s as good as the first one,” he said in an email statement. “Getting everybody together, including Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, James Earl Jones and the rest of my royal family, and making a really great movie, that’s my favorite part.”

But will fans love it as much as the original with all of its hilarious scenes and meme-worthy lines? Headley believes they will.

“I have no doubt that this will become a film that people will love.  I will venture to say they’ll love it more than the first…” says the veteran actress. “I think I’m as excited as the audience will be because this is just nonstop entertainment.”

Part of the funny factor is the big reveal that Akeem fathered a son (played by Jermaine Fowler) many years ago. It looks like Akeem did take his dad’s advice and “sow his royal oats” in Queens, New York—with Leslie Jones.

Last October, Jones, who’s hosting NBC’s Supermarket Sweep, shared this about the sequel, which she was reluctant signing onto. “I wasn’t going to do it because I was like, ‘I don’t want to be part of another remake.’ I thought, ‘Is it going to be good?’ When I saw the script, the rewrite of the script, I was like, ‘Wow, this is actually really funny,’ she said to ESSENCE. “They don’t stay stuck, they move into the future. They update everything. It’s actually a really good movie. I think everybody’s really going to love it.”

Wesley Snipes, Michael Blackson, Tracy Morgan and KiKi Layne (as Lisa and Akeem’s daughter) also round out the cast. But there’s one costar that Murphy’s especially excited to make an appearance: his own daughter, Bella Murphy.

“We have incredible new cast members who are all so funny and really brought their A-game,” he said.

Murphy adds: “This is the perfect time to return to Zamunda because it’s been a while since we’ve had a great comedy that everybody can enjoy. Zamunda is a very funny place, and the world needs that right now.”

Catch Coming 2 America on Amazon Prime Video March 2021.

TOPICS:  amazon prime videocoming 2 americaEddie MurphyShari Headley

Источник: https://www.essence.com/articles/first-look-coming-2-america-photos-eddie-murphy-shari-headley/

How the Hairstylists of Coming 2 America Achieved the Film’s Looks

Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy. Photo by Quantrell D. Colbert. Photos courtesy of Amazon Studios and © 2020 Paramount Pictures.

Thirty years later, Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are back with the long-awaited sequel to Coming to America (1988) aptly titled, Coming 2 America. The film follows Prince Akeem (Murphy) as he discovers that he has a long-lost son (Jermaine Fowler) in Queens, NY. As Akeem and Semmi (Hall) return to America to find him, chaos, laughs, and slapstick callbacks to the original film ensue. The sequel brings back all the characters you know and love, from James Earl Jones and Vanessa Bell Calloway to new additions like Leslie Jones and Morgan Freeman. To help us break down the film’s versatile hairstyles, the hair department heads Carla Farmer and Stacey Morris, who also worked on Dolemite Is My Name, talk us through the process of styling a sequel for the ages.

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Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem / Clarence / Saul / Randy Watson


MORRIS: “Eddie’s look as a king is pretty basic. It’s just clean and neat. He needs to look royal and like a gentleman, so that’s that look there. But we had a flashback in the movie to the eighties, so I had to replicate what his real hair actually looked like back in the first Coming to America. So that was actually a wig that my wig maker Justin made for me. I had to cut it and get it back into the shape that matches the first movie. Then you have all his characters and the prosthetic makeup was done by Mike Marino and his whole team. I helped with some of the styling, in particular—the barbershop scenes [Clarence and Saul] and Randy Watson. That’s pretty much it when it comes to Eddie, as far as the hair.” 

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Arsenio Hall as Semmi / Morris / Reverend Brown / Baba


MORRIS: “So we had the flashback to the eighties, and I had to recreate that flat top that he used to wear. So obviously that was a wig that Justin made for me and then I cut and styled it. He also had his main character in the movie and I decided that I wanted him to have a look that was royal, mature, but still current-day. So to bring it up to date, I did give him a side part and the hair was a little bit loose and textured. It wasn’t just completely natural hair, that was that wig. Then the new character that he had [Baba] was Mike Marino. He created that dread look on the farmer.” 

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Kiki Layne as Meeka

FARMER: “I got most of my inspiration from the Afro-punk movement, which is an artistic underground music, art, hair, and makeup subculture that I really love. I wanted to bring more attention to it, but we had to kind of make it more adjusted for a film. For Kiki, we used faux locs. This woman out of England sent those to us and I had them put in and I created all the styles. I felt like Kiki was the new generation of royals. That generation is embracing their natural hair and natural hairstyles, as opposed to the generation of the past, who was more influenced by European hairstyles. So that’s where we got that idea from. With the jewels and everything, I upgraded them because she is a royal. So we used a lot of gold and fake diamonds. I followed suit with all the girls.” 

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Shari Headley as Lisa

Shari Headley and Eddie Murphy.

FARMER: “For Lisa, I had a different vision for her, but Craig [Brewer], the director was like, “No, I see her this way.” Although she lives in Zamunda, she is still Lisa. So he was absolutely right. I did not use European textured hair on her. I use an Afro-texture that was blow-dried out because I felt that although she is from the U.S., she has been influenced in that way where she’s comfortable with her natural texture. In the first film, she had that same blown-out texture. It wasn’t silky straight. It was just a collaboration. At first, Shari didn’t really want to wear any wigs. I was like, “Look, Ruth Carter [the costume designer] is doing these amazing costumes and you don’t want your own natural hair to not be big enough for what Ruth is putting on your body. So she agreed and I think it was a great choice.” 

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Jermaine Fowler as Lavelle Junson

MORRIS: “Initially, he was going to have one look. And then while we were actually shooting, [the director] Craig [Brewer] wanted to see a change from when we first see him in New York and then comes to the palace. He wanted to see an arc in his hair. You know, hair tells a story too. And so Carla came up with what we were going to do to give him a change. It wasn’t like we could comb out his dreads. We didn’t have time. So just on the fly, I dug through my boxes of all the hair that I had brought. It was a top piece. Our barber Victor stepped up to the plate and said, “We’ll put this on and then I’ll build the rest.” So he had to build the rest of that wig every day.” 

FARMER: “Jermaine took the longest. He probably sat in the trailer the longest when it came to hair.” 

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Leslie Jones as Mary Junson

Leslie Jones and Jermaine Fowler.

FARMER: “Well, Leslie brought in her own people: her hair, makeup, and wardrobe dresser. So they created those styles. I kind of suggested certain things and they could take it or leave it. But the last look Leslie was in with those braids, that was a wig that I made beforehand. I was just hoping that someone would wear it, and Leslie wore it in the last scene.” 

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Wesley Snipes as General Izzi

MORRIS: “I knew that not only his costume, but Wesley’s character and what he would bring, would be so different and unique and specific. I wanted him to be in some hair that he could really play with and be fun in. I had a little more leeway with him because he was from Nextdoria as opposed to Zamunda. He didn’t have to be so refined and have such a European influence. So I could make him a little edgier and use my imagination because this movie is a fantasy. It’s not real, but I did derive his look from a Rwandan style called Amasunzu, which originated from the Tutsi tribe in Africa. They would do these elaborate looks where they incorporated and stiffened the hair with mud and whatever else they used that was indigenous of that land. I recreated that type of look and came up with my own style.” 

Источник: https://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/how-the-hairstylists-of-coming-2-america-achieved-the-films-looks

'Coming 2 America' review: Lazy, charmless sequel to Eddie Murphy's classic comedy

PLOT An African king discovers that his long-ago sojourn to America produced a son.

CAST Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler

RATED PG-13 (some crass talk)

LENGTH 1:48

WHERE Amazon Prime Video

BOTTOM LINE A lazy and charmless sequel to one of Murphy’s best movies.

You never know what you’ll get with an Eddie Murphy movie. Will he be the firework comedic talent of "Beverly Hills Cop," the surprisingly Serious Actor who wowed critics in "Dreamgirls" or the lowbrow clown of "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps?"

All three Murphys showed up in 1988’s "Coming to America," which may explain why the movie remains one of his strongest. The story of the African Prince Akeem, who flees an arranged marriage to find true love in New York City, "Coming to America" turned Murphy into a genuine romantic lead, allowing him moments of screwball charm and vulnerability but also indulging his love of ridiculous costumes; Roosevelt native Murphy also played a greasy soul-singer, Randy Watson, and an old kvetch named Saul, among others. Under John Landis’ direction, "Coming to America" became a major hit and one of the first mainstream Black romantic comedies.

Sadly, "Coming 2 America" is another one of those sequels that will sour your memory of a beloved original. Murphy returns as Akeem, now King of Zamunda, with three daughters by Lisa, his queen from Queens (Shari Headley). Akeem regrets that he has no male heir — that is, until he discovers the existence of his American son, Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler), the product of a stoned evening with sex worker Mary Junson (an underused Leslie Jones). Lavelle is a street-smart kid — never mind that he's technically 32 — who must adapt to the strange ways of Zamunda.

Screenwriter Kenya Barris (original writers David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein are also credited), is reusing the father-son premise from his lackluster "Shaft" (2019), and the results here are even worse. "Coming 2 America" feels like a mass of weak material thrown randomly at the screen by director Craig Brewer (Murphy’s "Dolemite Is My Name"). Depending on the moment, Lavelle is either a cocky hip-hopper, a bright young go-getter or an at-risk youth. Like his father, he has been promised to a bride, the daughter of the mad General Izzi (a welcome Wesley Snipes, literally cavorting in the role), but he’ll find love elsewhere, with the royal hairdresser, Merimbe (Nomzamo Mbatha). Meanwhile, Akeem’s firstborn daughter, Meeka (KiKi Layne), is understandably enraged that a man will now take her place on the throne. None of it jibes or jells in any way.

Much of the original film’s tenderness came from Akeem’s respect for women; he wanted a soul mate, not a helpmate. Here, Akeem backslides into chauvinism as a plot device, but the film unconsciously slides with him. Barris’ screenplay introduces several strong women, including Akeem’s middle daughter, Omma, a martial-arts warrior who wears STEM-signifying glasses. (She’s played by Murphy’s real daughter Bella.) Once these females telegraph their gender parity, however, they politely disappear. Meanwhile, Lavelle’s mom is mostly a walking "ho" joke and Queen Lisa barely exists. As for Merimbe, I’m not sure anyone ever addresses her by name; she’s just Lavelle’s girlfriend.

It’s nice to see much of the original cast again, from the likable Arsenio Hall as Semmi, Akeem’s loyal friend, to the deadpan Paul Bates as Oha, the singing royal servant. As for Murphy, fair warning: You know which one you’re getting.

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Why Lisa From Coming 2 America Looks So Familiar

Back in the day, Headley was a fashion model who won Ford's Supermodel of the Year contest. In the 1980s, she was featured in high-profile magazines such as Glamour and Mademoiselle, which led to appearances in TV commercials for L'Oreal, Macy's, Burger King, and more, according to a bio on her website.

Headley was cast in Coming to America with just a few acting credits to her name, including an episode of The Cosby Show as Denise Huxtable's (Lisa Bonet) friend. She once told the Los Angeles Times that she had a hard time getting her first few acting credits. "I had to audition seven times to play a teenage girl who witnesses a murder on an episode of Miami Vice," she said. "When I got the role, I was so proud." Headley was onscreen for 22 minutes in the 1980s cop drama, an eternity for a first role. Her next credited role was Coming to America

In the 30+ years since the original movie, she has landed an impressive list of roles and could even be considered a daytime TV fixture. She's had ongoing parts on the classic soaps Guiding Light, The Bold and the Beautiful, and All My Children. More recently, she starred as D.A. Jennifer Sallison for three seasons of the primetime OWN Network soap, The Haves and the Have Nots.

Headley's other acting credits include guest appearances on Castle, House, Malcolm & Eddie, Switched at Birth, and 10 Things I Hate About You. Her most recent roles include playing Houston Connelly on the Fox musical drama Star as well as Harmony in the Kirsten Dunst Showtime series On Becoming a God in Central Florida.

In other words, fans of print, TV, and the big screen should be well-acquainted with Headley before viewing Coming 2 America, and they'll probably see a lot more of her going forward.

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SA actress Nomzamo Mbatha’s star is in the stratosphere after impressing in the Hollywood hit film Coming 2 America, but was nearly derailed by impostor syndrome.

Nomzamo earned praise from fans and critics across the world for her breakout role as Mirembe in the highly-anticipated sequel.

In a recent interview with Harper Bazaar, Nomzamo admitted to being a little overwhelmed on set and was nearly overcome by the feeling that she did not deserve the role.

She said actress Shari Headley helped her get through it, by reminding her that she was good enough

“I don’t know what was happening to me that day. This day was just heavy for me, because I was just going through impostor syndrome, just thinking there are way more beautiful girls, more talented young women that deserve this. Why me?

“I was all up in my head, and I guess she noticed, and she just pulled me to the side and said, ‘Stop playing small.’ I remember looking at her. She put her hand on my shoulders, she said, ‘Stop playing small. This is your moment. You deserve to be here. You are so deserving. I’ve been where you are, and I played small. And I don’t want you to do that.’”

The experience started a friendship that Nomzamo said she will always treasure.

Speaking to the Sunday Times earlier this year, Nomzamo touched on her battle with impostor syndrome and said she had to remind herself: “You deserve to be here. You’ve put in the work; you’ve put in the investment to earn this role.”

The star has always encouraged young girls to follow their dreams and not doubt themselves.

She told fans in a 2018 Women’s Month post to: “Never bow to the naysayers who say you will never amount to anything, because you will. Your ability to rise, overcome and conquer is your superpower.”

-Times Live

Источник: https://zwnews.com/shari-headley-helps-nomzamo-mbatha-through-impostor-syndrome-on-coming-2-america/

'Coming 2 America' Finally Confirms The Return Of Shari Headley As Lisa McDowell

The cast of the comedy sequel Coming 2 America has brought back a lot shari headley coming to america 2 key players from the original Paramount Pictures hit from 1988. Plus, plenty of new faces have been added to the roster of talent alongside returning stars Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. But one key member from the original film had not yet return, shari headley coming to america 2 thankfully, that has changed.

Shari Headley, who played Prince Akeem's love interest Lisa McDowell, is officially part of the Coming 2 America cast. However, based on the details we know about the film's plot, we're wondering what her overall role in the movie will be.

As we recently heard, Coming 2 America finds Akeem (Eddie Murphy) heading back to Queens, New York to connect with a son that he never knew he had and fulfill his father's dying wish of lining up the next heir to the throne of Zamunda. But we're wondering exactly how Akeem had a son that he never knew about. In the original Coming to America, Akeem wasn't the kind of person who would have had an illegitimate child with another woman. So how does he have a son that he has no knowledge of? Perhaps the key lies with Lisa McDowell's role in the story.

Our own Hoai-Tran Bui proposed the idea that Lisa McDowell may have walked away from Zamunda, perhaps shaken by the pressure of eventually becoming queen of an entire country. Then she returned to America without telling Akeem that she was pregnant with his child. That seems plausible enough, but at the same time, Akeem gave her a chance to walk away from it at the very end of the movie, and she seemed pretty eager to give it a shot.

My own theory is that this son (played by Jermaine Fowler), who has been living in Queens with his mother (Leslie Jones), isn't actually the offspring of Akeem. Instead, I wouldn't be surprised if the child ended up belonging to Semmi, who was very keen on sleeping with as many women as possible in America. Perhaps that son will return to Zamunda with Semmi and the end features some kind of hint that he'll fall for Akeem's daughter, played by KiKi Layne, making him her king, but eventually leaving the ruling of the country to the queen for the first time. After all, it worked for Aladdin earlier this year.

Either way, we're glad to hear from Deadline that Shari Headley will be back for the sequel, and she'll be joined by John Amos as her father Cleo McDowell. And we're very much interested in seeing the state of the McDowell's empire after all these years too.

Coming 2 America arrives in theaters on December 18, 2020.

Источник: https://www.slashfilm.com/568378/coming-2-america-finally-confirms-the-return-of-shari-headley-as-lisa-mcdowell/

Whatever Happened To The Actor Who Plays Capital one venture credit card sign in In Coming To America?

The character of Lisa McDowell was a central figure in Eddie Murphy's '80s cult classic, Coming to America. In the film, Prince Akeem (portrayed by Murphy) set his sights on Lisa, played by Shari Headley, after leaving his native Zamunda and arriving shari headley coming to america 2 Queens, New York in hopes of finding a woman to become his wife and queen, via IMDb

Hailing from Queens herself, Headley had already received praise for her beauty prior to starring in the 1988 film. In 1984, Headley won a modeling contract after competing in the Ford Models' Supermodel of The World Contest, according to the bio on her official website. Prior to playing Lisa McDowell, Headley appeared in a few episodes of The Cosby Show, as well as Miami Vice. But her role in Coming to America helped her career take off. "I don't think in terms of competition and stardom," she told the LA Times in 1988."It hasn't hit me yet. Coldwell banker bain edmonds gotten a few offers already, but I'm not eager to commit to anything yet. My main concern is not to get locked into one specific character."

Following the film's success at the box office, Headley went on to secure roles in TV series and made-for-TV movies. In 2019, it was revealed that Headley would be returning to reprise her role as Lisa McDowell in the long-awaited Coming 2 America sequel, via Deadline, and fans are undoubtedly curious about what she's been up to since. What she's been doing between the films?

Источник: https://www.nickiswift.com/339868/whatever-happened-to-the-actor-who-plays-lisa-in-coming-to-america/

How the Hairstylists of Coming 2 America Achieved the Film’s Looks

Arsenio Hall and Eddie Murphy. Photo by Quantrell D. Colbert. Photos courtesy of Amazon Studios and © 2020 Paramount Pictures.

Thirty years later, Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are back with the long-awaited sequel to Coming to America (1988) aptly titled, Coming 2 America. The film follows Prince Akeem (Murphy) as he discovers that he has a long-lost son (Jermaine Fowler) in Queens, NY. As Akeem and Semmi (Hall) return to America to find him, chaos, laughs, and slapstick callbacks to the original film ensue. The sequel brings back all the characters you know and love, from James Earl Jones and Vanessa Bell Calloway to new additions like Leslie Jones and Morgan Freeman. To help us break down the film’s versatile hairstyles, the hair department heads Carla Farmer and Stacey Morris, who also worked on Dolemite Is My Name, talk us through the process of styling a sequel for the ages.

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Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem / Clarence / Saul / Randy Watson


MORRIS: “Eddie’s look as a king is pretty basic. It’s just clean and neat. He needs to look royal and like a gentleman, so that’s that look there. But we had a flashback in the movie to the eighties, so I had to replicate what his real hair actually looked like back in the first Coming to America. So that was actually a wig that my wig maker Justin made for me. I had to cut it and get it back into the shape that matches the first movie. Then you have all his characters and the prosthetic makeup was done by Mike Marino and his whole team. I helped with some of the styling, in particular—the barbershop scenes [Clarence and Saul] and Randy Watson. That’s pretty much it when it comes to Eddie, as far as the hair.” 

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Arsenio Hall as Semmi / Morris / Reverend Brown / Baba


MORRIS: “So we had the flashback to the eighties, and I had to recreate that flat top that he used to wear. So obviously that was a wig that Justin made for me and then I cut and styled it. He also had his main character in the movie and I decided that I wanted him to have a look that was royal, mature, but still current-day. So to bring it up to date, I did give him a side part and the hair was a little bit loose and textured. It wasn’t just completely natural hair, that was that wig. Then the new character that he had [Baba] was Mike Marino. He created that dread look on the farmer.” 

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Kiki Layne as Meeka

FARMER: “I got most of my inspiration from the Afro-punk movement, which is an artistic underground music, art, hair, and makeup subculture that I really love. I wanted to bring more attention to it, but we had to kind of make it more adjusted for a film. For Kiki, we used faux locs. This woman out of England sent those to us and I had them put in and I created all the styles. I felt like Kiki was the new generation of royals. That generation is embracing their natural hair and natural hairstyles, as opposed to the generation of the past, who was more influenced by European hairstyles. So that’s where we got that idea from. With the jewels and everything, I upgraded them because she is a royal. So we used a lot of gold and fake diamonds. I followed suit with all the girls.” 

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Shari Headley as Lisa

Shari Headley and Eddie Murphy.

FARMER: “For Lisa, I had a different vision for her, but Craig [Brewer], the director was like, “No, I see her this way.” Although she lives in Zamunda, she is still Lisa. So he was absolutely right. I did not use European textured hair on her. I use an Afro-texture that was blow-dried out because I felt that although she is from the U.S., she has been influenced in that way where she’s comfortable with her natural texture. In the first film, she had that same blown-out texture. It wasn’t silky straight. It was just a collaboration. At first, Shari didn’t really want to wear any wigs. I was like, “Look, Ruth Carter [the costume designer] is doing these amazing 1st financial federal credit union routing number and you don’t want your own natural hair to not be big enough for what Ruth is putting on your body. So she agreed and I think it was a great choice.” 

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Jermaine Fowler as Lavelle Junson

MORRIS: “Initially, he was going to have one look. And then while we were actually shooting, [the director] Craig [Brewer] wanted to see a change from when we first see him in New York and then comes to the palace. He wanted to see an arc in his hair. You know, hair tells a story too. And so Carla came up with what we were going to do to give him a change. It wasn’t like we could comb out his dreads. We didn’t have time. So just on the fly, I dug through my boxes of all the hair that I had brought. It was a top piece. Our barber Victor stepped up to the plate and said, “We’ll put this on and then I’ll build the rest.” So he had to build the rest of that wig every day.” 

FARMER: “Jermaine took the longest. He probably sat in the trailer the longest when it came to hair.” 

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Leslie Jones as Mary Junson

Leslie Jones and Jermaine Fowler.

FARMER: “Well, Leslie brought in her own people: her hair, makeup, and wardrobe dresser. So they created those styles. I kind of suggested certain things and they could take it or leave it. But the last look Leslie was in with those braids, that was a wig that I made beforehand. I was just hoping that someone would wear it, and Leslie wore it in the last scene.” 

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Wesley Snipes as General Izzi

MORRIS: “I knew that not only his costume, but Wesley’s character and what he would bring, would be so different and unique and specific. I wanted him to be in some hair that he could really play with and be fun in. I had a little more leeway with him because he was from Nextdoria as opposed to Zamunda. He didn’t have to be so refined and have such a European influence. So I could make him a little edgier and use my imagination because this movie is a fantasy. It’s not real, shari headley coming to america 2 I did derive his look from a Rwandan style called Amasunzu, which originated from the Tutsi tribe in Africa. They would do these elaborate looks where they incorporated and stiffened the hair with mud and whatever else they used that was indigenous of that land. I recreated that type of look and came up with my own style.” 

Источник: https://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/how-the-hairstylists-of-coming-2-america-achieved-the-films-looks

'Coming 2 America' review: Lazy, charmless sequel to Eddie Murphy's classic comedy

PLOT An African king discovers that his long-ago sojourn to America produced a son.

CAST Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler

RATED PG-13 (some crass talk)

LENGTH 1:48

WHERE Amazon Prime Video

BOTTOM LINE A lazy and charmless sequel to one of Murphy’s best movies.

You never know what you’ll get with an Eddie Murphy movie. Will he be the firework comedic talent of "Beverly Hills Cop," the surprisingly Serious Actor who wowed critics in "Dreamgirls" or the lowbrow clown of "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps?"

All three Murphys showed up in 1988’s "Coming to America," which may explain why the movie remains one of his strongest. The story of the African Prince Akeem, who flees an arranged marriage to find true love in New York City, "Coming to America" turned Murphy into a genuine romantic lead, allowing him moments of screwball charm and vulnerability but also indulging his love of ridiculous costumes; Roosevelt native Murphy also played a greasy soul-singer, Randy Watson, and an old kvetch named Saul, among others. Under John Landis’ direction, "Coming to America" became a major hit and one of the first mainstream Black romantic comedies.

Sadly, "Coming 2 America" is another one of shari headley coming to america 2 sequels that shari headley coming to america 2 sour your memory of a beloved original. Murphy returns as Akeem, now King of Zamunda, with three daughters by Lisa, his queen from Queens (Shari Headley). Akeem regrets that he has no male heir — that is, until he discovers the existence of his American son, Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler), the product of a stoned evening with sex worker Mary Junson (an underused Leslie Jones). Lavelle is a street-smart kid — never mind that he's technically 32 — who must adapt to the strange ways of Zamunda.

Screenwriter Kenya Barris (original writers David Sheffield and Barry W. Blaustein are also credited), is reusing the father-son premise from his lackluster "Shaft" (2019), and the results here are even worse. "Coming 2 America" feels like a mass of weak material thrown randomly at the screen by director Craig Brewer (Murphy’s "Dolemite Is My Name"). Depending on the moment, Lavelle is either a cocky hip-hopper, a bright young go-getter or an at-risk youth. Like his father, he has been promised to a bride, the daughter of the mad General Izzi (a welcome Wesley Snipes, literally cavorting in the role), but he’ll find love elsewhere, with the royal hairdresser, Merimbe (Nomzamo Mbatha). Meanwhile, Akeem’s firstborn daughter, Meeka (KiKi Layne), is understandably enraged that a man will now take her place on the throne. None of it jibes or jells in any way.

Much of the original film’s tenderness came from Akeem’s respect for women; he wanted a soul mate, not a helpmate. Here, Akeem backslides into chauvinism as a plot device, but the film unconsciously shari headley coming to america 2 with him. Barris’ screenplay introduces several strong women, including Akeem’s middle daughter, Omma, a martial-arts warrior who wears STEM-signifying glasses. (She’s played by Murphy’s real daughter Bella.) Once these females telegraph their gender parity, however, they politely disappear. Meanwhile, Lavelle’s mom is mostly a walking "ho" joke and Queen Lisa barely exists. As for Merimbe, I’m not sure anyone ever addresses her by name; she’s just Lavelle’s girlfriend.

It’s nice to see much of the original cast again, from the likable Arsenio Hall as Semmi, Akeem’s loyal friend, to the deadpan Paul Bates as Oha, the singing royal servant. As for Murphy, fair warning: You know which one you’re getting.

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THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'Coming to America' 32 years later

Eddie Murphy in Coming to America
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  • "Coming To America" premiered in 1988.
  • It was an instant classic, launching the careers of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.
  • Thirty-two years later, its sequel, "Coming 2 America," is shari headley coming to america 2 Amazon Prime Video today.
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"Coming To America," released in 1988, introduced a generation to the idealistic Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy), who hailed from the mythical African nation of Zamunda, in search of a bride he was actually in love with.

Refusing to wed the bride his parents had pre-selected for him, Prince Akeem traveled to Queens, New York with his best friend Semmi (Arsenio Hall) to find the woman who could love him with or without a crown.

But it turns out their fairy tale ending came with a plot twist: The sequel to the comedy classic, aptly titled "Coming 2 America," reveals that the prince has a son he was unaware of from his youthful exploits living in the United States.

Written by the original movie's team of Murphy, Barry W. Blaustein, and David Sheffield with the help of "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris, "Coming 2 America" promises another lighthearted adventure as Akeem and Semmi return to the states to meet the unlikely heir to the throne.

They're joined by several original cast members, including Shari Headley, James Earl Jones, John Amos and Vanessa Bell Calloway, along with some new additions to the kingdom, such as Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Wesley Snipes and Teyana Taylor.

Watch the trailer for "Coming 2 America" and then scroll down below to see how far the royal family has come since the 80s.

 

Prince Akeem weds Lisa at the end of "Coming to America."

Shari Headley and Eddie Murphy in "Coming to America."
Paramount Pictures

In the original 1988 film, the romantic comedy ends with Prince Akeem returning home to wed the person chosen by his parents. When he gets to the altar, he realizes, along with audience, that his parents actually chose Lisa with whom he fell in love with back in Queens.

It looks like the two lived happily ever after. Or did they?

Eddie Murphy and Shari Headley in "Coming 2 America."
Amazon Prime Video

Stills from "Coming 2 America" appear to indicate that Lisa has made herself quite at home in Zamunda and in the crown. 

We can't help but wonder if her little sister and her father (James Amos) ever came to visit her? And whatever happen to her then-boyfriend Darryl Jenks (Eriq La Salle), whom she dumped because she was falling in love with her "little goat herder?"

Clarence cuts hair in his barbershop, aptly called, My T Sharp.

A still from "Coming to America"
shari headley coming to america 2 Paramount Pictures

In the original version, Murphy tests out his characters, which he'd continue to do throughout his entire career, by embodying Clarence, the owner of a Queens barbershop. Hall is also one of the barbers, Morris.

Clarence's shop looks like it's still open.

Eddie Murphy in "Coming 2 America."
Amazon Prime Video

Thankfully, recessions and the pandemic didn't affect Clarence's barbershop, which is still full of customers. Even Saul, the Jewish barbershop customer, is still sitting in his chair. 

We just wonder if a haircut is still $8.

When Prince Akeem and Semmi first arrive in Queens, it looked nothing like Zamunda.

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in "Coming to America."
shari headley coming to america 2 Paramount Pictures

Prince Akeem and Semmi received a harsh New York welcome when their luggage was stolen upon their arrival in Queens.

Prince Akeem and Semmi return to their block, wearing similar outfits.

A still from "Coming 2 America"
Amazon Prime Video

The pair return with equally fantastic taste in outerwear, but a few more street smarts we hope.

King Jaffe Joffer, Akeem's father, only wanted the best bride for his son in the original film.

James Earl Jones
Paramount Pictures

Actor James Earl Jones played one convincing royal papa in the original film, who encouraged his son to "sow his royal oats" before marrying his bride. Looks like he could be to blame for the sequel's plot.

The King of Zamunda wants his line of succession to be in tact before his death.

James Earl Jones in "Coming 2 America."
Amazon Prime Video

By the looks of the trailer, it doesn't seem like King Jaffe Joffer has long to live. He appears to be in bed when talking to Prince Akeem, demanding that he find his long-lost son in New York City since the crown can only be passed down to a son. The king is determined to see his grandson step into the line of succession.

Garcelle Beauvais (right) plays a flower thrower in the original.

Garcelle Beauvais in Coming to America
Paramount Pictures

Although we never learn her name in the film, Garcelle Beauvais' flower thrower was one of the many women at Prince Akeem's disposal when he took off to find true love.

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