The Eddie Murphy film Beverly Hills Cop came out 30 years ago, and although its actual anniversary isn’t until December, the movie Beverly Hill Cop 3 reached its 20th anniversary this past week. There’s another in the works: Beverly Hills Cop 4 is slated for 2016. That’s a long wait between sequels! Anyway, it’s as good a time as any to look backh and learn some trivia about the Beverly Hill Cop movies.
2. Sly Stallone dropped out of the original film because of orange juice. Sylvester Stallone was originally in the Axel Foley role, but reportedly pulled some diva behavior and dropped out weeks before production was to begin over a dispute about the particular brand of orange juice in his trailer.
7. The first BHC held onto a box office record for 20 years. The movie was the highest grossing R-rated film between 1984 and 2004, when it was eventually dethroned by The Passion of the Christ. It’s national success can largely be attributed to the fact that it was the first R-rated film to have a release in more than 2,000 theaters across the United States.
17. It was supposed to be a potato, not a banana in the tailpipe. In BHC, Axel Foley was supposed to steal a potato from the kitchen to be placed in the car’s tailpipe, but scheduling conflicts arose and the kitchen scene was cut. Since a potato in the hotel lobby would be out of place, it was changed to Axel grabbing a banana off the buffet.