Posts Tagged ‘John Landis’

Coming to America

“When you think of garbage, think of Akeem!” Eddie Murphy was riding high through the 80s. John Landis, on the other hand, had had a string of flops, not to mention a very difficult Twilight Zone trial. Considering their success together with Trading Places, Murphy thought Landis could use a boost and brought him on…

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Trading Places

“When I was growing up, if we wanted a jacuzzi, we had to fart in the tub.” Eddie Murphy may have been a name on “Saturday Night Live” but he wasn’t a film star. Luckily, when John Landis wanted to cast him as Billy Ray Valentine in Trading Places, Murphy had just appeared in 48…

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¡Three Amigos!

“They called us scum-sucking pigs! Us!” It was the movie that had ‘hit’ written all over it. Three of the funniest actors starred together for the first time: Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. One of the top comedy directors – John Landis – was at the helm. But for whatever reason, ¡Three Amigos! did not…

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An American Werewolf in London

“You left my wife a widow and my children fatherless, and I understand I am to walk the Earth in limbo – one of the living dead – until the wolf’s bloodline is severed and the curse lifted. You must die, David Kessler.” John Landis made a big shift in his filmmaking when we went…

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