Kenya Barris Gives Behind The Scenes Look At Coming 2 America: Including A Scrapped Dave Chappelle Role

Kenya Barris Gives Behind The Scenes Look At Coming 2 America: Including A Scrapped Dave Chappelle Role

Kenya Barris, famed writer, and producer, revealed interesting behind-the-scene details about the production of his 2021 film Coming 2 America. The information came as a part of Charlamagne Tha God’s talk show on Comedy Central, Hell of a Week. During the interview, Barris, famed for his hit ABC sitcom black-ish, revealed several things he wished played out differently for the film. As expected from any screenwriter, he lamented the amount of time given. He desired more time. He expounded how more time would have made things smoother for the film director, Craig Brewer. Kenya Barris also wanted to have the director work closely with the editors. Directors and editors occasionally can become distant, resulting in a less coherent product. Something Barris is aware of.
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Kenya Barris Explains How He Would Change The Film
Barris also addressed the filming location. The movie’s scenes were shot primarily at rapper Rick Ross’ at his estate in Atlanta. A fact Charlamagne jokingly pointed out. Barris revealed his regret that the movie was unable to be shot on location somewhere in Africa. Something that felt more authentic but trickier and more costly to film production.
Dave Chappelle’s Cut Role
However, the most intriguing regret of Barris is the cut content of the film. The writer explained the original intent to have famed comedian and actor Dave Chappelle play a role. He confirmed the existence of a character cut out of the final product, which was written for Chapelle. He also claimed Chappelle liked the part and wanted to play it, but that did not come to fruition for various scheduling reasons.
Certainly, Chappelle’s addition to the film would have been to its advantage. While primarily known for his stand-up and television roles, Chappelle’s film pursuits showcase his natural talent for comedic roles on the silver screen. Most notably, the cult classic 2000 comedy Screwed, in which he starred alongside the late Norm Macdonald.
Eddie Murphy’s Contribution
Barris leaves the interview on a positive note. Although the many elements of the film he wished could have gone a different direction, he does not seem to regret the movie. He claims this sort of production chaos is commonplace. Something that he experienced as a veteran screenwriter. He also praised the inspired performance of Eddie Murphy. He states at one point that Murphy can put a movie on his back and carry it, something that rings true to many. Barris’ interview gives the layman an exciting sneak peek into how movies and films find their way to audiences.
Be On The Watch For More
Charlamagne and his panel discussed other cultural topics during his show. These ranged from the infidelity and season-long suspension of Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, the new Jeffery Dahmer biopic from Netflix, and Barris’ new collaboration with Kid Cudi. Those wishing to keep up-to-date on cultural and entertainment topics can watch Comedy Central’s Hell of A Week with Charlamagne Tha God Thursday nights at 11:30/10:30 PM on Comedy Central.
Written by Ryan Fields

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