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10 Fun Facts About Coming to America

Believe it or not, the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America was released 30 years ago today. Murphy plays an African prince who wants to find a bride who will love him for more than his fabulous wealth, so he travels to New York in a fish-out-of-water story. Along the way, he meets a cast of wacky characters played by stars and by actors who eventually became stars, plus quite a few played by Murphy himself. Let's learn some more about the film.   

7. IT WAS CUBA GOODING JR.’S FIRST FILM.

According to IMDb, his character is known as “Boy Getting Haircut” in the famous barbershop scene.

8. JAMES EARL JONES AND MADGE SINCLAIR, THE KING AND QUEEN OF ZAMUNDA, ALSO VOICED THE KING AND QUEEN IN THE LION KING.

The duo must’ve truly impressed Disney, because the on-screen couple landed the coveted gig of voicing Mufasa and Sarabi, respectively, in the 1994 animated masterpiece.

I remember that well, when I recognized the voices in The Lion King. Mufasa and Sarabi even looked like the King and Queen of Zamunda. Read more trivia about Coming to America and enjoy a couple of clips at Mental Floss. 


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