Eddie Murphy returns as Prince Akeem Joffer in “Coming 2 America” (now on Prime Video), bringing the comedy back to the fictional Zamunda , The latter is the home of the royal family and its future heirs.
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Production designer Jefferson Sage said: “Our biggest question is, where can we find a house on the scale of such a luxurious palace?”
Sage and his team searched multiple locations and then designated it as the Ross Manor, which will become the remains of the lush palace.
This 45,000-square-foot mansion in Fayetteville, Georgia covers 235 acres and was formerly owned by boxer Evander Holyfield. It has 12 bedrooms and a restaurant with a capacity of 100 people, and its size director Craig Brewer and Sage have been looking for it.
Sage said: “The entrance foyer with a large two-story interior and double winding staircase is perfect.” “From there, there were two beautiful large rooms with large windows and 18-foot ceilings. We used five This key space later became Zamunda.”
These spaces were converted into the main scenes of the movie, including the king’s bedroom and dining room. The main bedroom in the palace is Rose’s own. The rapper said that “Come to America” in 1988 may be his favorite movie of all time, and he was very happy to see Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall walking through his estate.
“They changed the wallpaper in the dining room, so I asked them to put it there,” Rose said with a smile. “They also created huge tables for dining places that can accommodate 50 to 60 people, and left them for me as a gift. It’s so humorous.”
The decorator Douglas A. Mowat is commendable for improving Rose’s real room. In order to transform the master bedroom, he adopted the existing color-warm white-but introduced blue and silver to “make the room pop and give it a larger size”. Mowat took the lead by adding silver leaves to the canopy above the bed.
Sage made sure to commemorate the original film by keeping a similar color palette, “but we made some changes,” he said. “We use original equipment as the backbone and think they will be refurbished and upgraded regularly.”
Elsewhere, Sage built the banquet hall and throne room on the external sound field, but the architecture of the mansion became the basis of the design. Sage added: “We did this to make it always feel like the same building.”
The interior of the Rose Building is white, and the entire room is decorated with golden ceilings. Therefore, when it comes to these exterior arrangements, the sage is embellished with golden leaves. “We spent so much gold that it took us at least two months to buy out the country’s gold supply,” he explained.
He relied on visual effects to enhance the outline of the film. In one sequence, the bell rang from the clock tower. Although the actual bell was small, Brewer and the sage inserted the lens into the endless vistas of the Zamundan palace and residence. Sage said: “That was the moment when we sold the fantasy of this place, to show where they lived and to show the fairy-tale qualities.”
Sage likes to create the iconic My-T-Sharp barber shop for the sequence. He looked up all the information in the original record written by Richard Macdonald. He studied and studied the pictures on the wall, and carefully studied the signature photos of baseball stars and boxers. The sage added: “We tried our best to find as many things as we could, and we almost got everything. The feeling of going back to that scene was a combination with the original and putting the two films together.”
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