Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall make surprising claim about 'Coming to America'

Coming 2 America” stars Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall were on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Monday to promote the long awaited sequel to the 1988 hit comedy “Coming to America.” But they also revealed that Paramount Pictures forced them to cast white comedian Louie Anderson as Maruice in the original film.

“I love Louie, but I think we were forced to put Louie in it,” said Hall. “We were forced to put in a white person.”

Murphy explained that the decision was studio driven, saying, “Paramount was like, because the whole cast was Black, it was in the 80's, they were like there has to be a white person in the movie. I was like, what? So who was the funniest white guy around? We knew Louie was cool, so that's how Louie got in the movie.”