Coming 2 America represents the realization of a dream. Fans have waited over 30 years for a sequel to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 comedy and, now, Murphy, director Craig Brewer and the original cast are delivering the heavily anticipated follow-up. Of course, fans aren’t the only ones who are ecstatic about the film’s release. Some of the film’s new stars, who grew up with (or even auditioned for) the original movie, are excited to be continuing the franchise. This includes Tracy Morgan, who recently revealed his touching, personal connection to the first film.
Like many of us, Tracy Morgan grew up a big fan of Eddie Murphy, who he views as one of his comedy idols. This was one of the things that appealed to him the most when he was given the opportunity to join Coming 2 America. However, his love for the franchise also stems from the fact that the first movie came into his life during a difficult time:
Tracy Morgan has been very candid about his relationship with his late father, Jimmy Morgan Sr., who was in and out of Morgan’s life when he was young. Morgan Sr. died of AIDS at the age of 39, something that remains on Morgan’s mind. Despite their up and down relationship, Morgan loved his father and credits him for being the one who taught the comedian “how to tell a story.”
Although his father was not able to see Coming to America, Tracy Morgan told Complex that he believes his dad would have loved it, especially since he was a fan of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. So getting to star alongside the comedic duo in the new movie was especially significant for Morgan:
Tracy Morgan has done quite a bit during his illustrious career, but getting to work with Eddie Murphy is something that he’d wanted to do for a while. Thankfully for him (and us), the two comedy legends will now finally get to share the screen together.
Coming 2 America will debut on Amazon Prime Video on March 5, 2021.
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