Trivia / Beverly Hills Cop

  • AFIS 100 Years 100 Laughs: #63
  • Cast the Expert: The role of Detroit police inspector Douglas Todd was played by Real Life Detroit police detective Gilbert Hill.
  • Executive Meddling: When the script for Beverly Hills Cop was in development the character of Jenny was supposed to be the Love Interest. After Eddie Murphy was finally cast in the part, Paramount got nervous and decided to make Jenny Axel's platonic childhood friend.
  • The Red Stapler: Axel's T-shirt, which became an instant best seller.
  • Throw It In: There's a moment where Maitland has Axel and Jenny cornered and is deciding what to do with them when he stop in his tracks and makes a face. In reality, the actor was reacting to something Eddie Murphy ad-libbed but was removed in editing. They kept in his reaction because it made Maitland seem even more sinister and unhinged.
    • There are a spectacular number of ad-libs in this movie in general, most of them from Murphy.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The first film is very much a product of 1984 from the clothing to the music to the pop culture references.
  • What Could Have Been: Both Mickey Rourke and Sylvester Stallone were approached to play Axel Foley. When Stallone was attached to the film the character of Jenny was supposed to be his Love Interest. After Eddie Murphy got the part, Paramount made the somewhat cowardly decision to make Jenny Axel's platonic friend.
    • Amusingly, Stallone had a bunch of ideas about how the movie should go and was editing the script accordingly. When Murphy was brought on, Stallone gracefully backed out, taking the ideas with him to be used in Cobra.