The 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop wasn't Eddie Murphy's first movie, but it was his first as a solo lead and it made him a superstar of the big screen as well as the small screen. What you might not know is that the movie was in development a long time before Murphy got involved, even though the finished product seemed to be tailor-made for him. Without Murphy, it would have been quite a different film.
8. Mickey Rourke was almost Axel Foley.
He was paid around $400,000 to play the part of Foley but then had to walk when too much back and forth caused his contract to expire.
7. Sylvester Stallone was almost Axel Foley.
This would have been a pure action flick with just barely a hint of comedy, which would have played to Stallone’s strengths at the time. Thankfully it didn’t go through.
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