Now that the Coming to America franchise has come back into the light, one celebrity has come forward about how sad he was that he was never casted in the original film back in 1988. That someone is Wesley Snipes.
During a special roundtable for Dolemite Is My Name hosted by Netflix Snipes admitted he was “sad” when he auditioned for the role of Darryl and didn’t get the role, which was ultimately portrayed by Eriq La Salle.
“I auditioned for ‘Coming to America’ and I remember being so sad,”
“I really wanted to be in the movie." I wanted to work with him and I was really contemplating what my purpose in life was after losing that to Eriq La Salle.”
Murphy confirmed the two just had too similar looks. Darryl was the antagonist to Murphy’s Prince Akeem and the two vied for the affections of Lisa McDowell (Shari Headley).
“Our look was too close,” Murphy confirmed. “And you actually look more African than me!” Snipes then joked that had he known that before, he would’ve felt much better about his place in this industry.
“I didn’t know none of that man. That would’ve healed me,”
Snipes said. “I was in the bathroom, ‘Why am I even doing this, man? I’m not gonna quit! They not gonna break me down, man!’"
Regardless, he’ll be getting another chance to live in the world of Zamunda as he’ll be portraying General Izzi, the villain butting heads with Prince Akeem in Coming 2 America. The cast is currently filming the sequel in Atlanta.
Check out the entire roundtable below:
Coming To America 2 is set to be released in theaters Dec. 18, 2020.
While Dolemite Is My Name is streaming now on Netflix!