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The greatest strategy for steering a roomful of comedy giants? Let them giggle with one another lengthy earlier than saying “Action.”
That’s the route the filmmaker Craig Brewer took for “Coming 2 America,” the sequel to the beloved 1988 hit starring Eddie Murphy.
Murphy reprises his function as Akeem, then a prince, now the king of Zamunda, who realizes he fathered a baby from a one-night stand on his earlier go to to the States.
This scene, narrated by Brewer, consists of comedic work in varied types from Arsenio Hall as Akeem’s pal and right-hand man, Semmi; Jermaine Fowler as his newfound son, Lavelle; Leslie Jones as Lavelle’s mom; and Tracy Morgan as Lavelle’s uncle. It’s a number of humor to wrangle.
“When I was younger, I used to think that being a director meant that you constantly have to go in and assert yourself,” Brewer stated. “But I’ve found, especially with comedic artists, is what they really want is a safe room. They want to feel like they’re free to try things.”
Brewer stated top-of-the-line issues he might do as a director, when he has Murphy, Hall, Jones and Morgan on set, is to not roll the digital camera instantly, however give them time and area to attach.
“You’ve got to let these four people tell old jokes about people they knew on the comedy circuit,” he stated. Or riffs that will typically embrace Murphy and Morgan re-enacting full scenes and dialogue from motion pictures they love.
“I would allow a good 10 to 15 minutes of just these guys coming into the room and laughing and joking and saying all this stuff. But then it was like, OK, now it’s time to get to work. And Eddie would nail it in two takes.”
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