The upcoming Netflix film “Dolemite is My Name” has been scoring raves for Eddie Murphy’s performance along with being a welcome return to R-rated territory in which he was a king in the 1980s.
In the past few decades though, Murphy has been focusing entirely on family-friendly fare with PG and PG-13 films. Speaking to CinemaBlend this week, Murphy discussed why he strayed away from R-rated comedies, why ‘Dolemite’ had to be rated R, and in a crushing admission confirms the ratings status of his current project:
“I think what happened was, there was a period when Hollywood was on some PG-13… that’s how you reached most audiences, and there was, maybe, a 15-year period where that’s all everybody was doing. So I got caught up in that s–t. But no, doing [‘Dolemite’], we went, ‘This movie has to be rated R because of the way Rudy Ray Moore was.’ But I’m doing ‘Coming to America,’ and that’s PG-13.”
The original “Coming to America” film was rated R with some of its best gags being its naughty humor and coarse language which will sadly be restricted for the long-awaited sequel it seems. No clue if the same will apply to the upcoming “Beverly Hills Cop 4” either.
“Coming to America 2” is currently filming ahead of a 2021 release.