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Trivia: Beverly Hills Cop

  • Actor Allusion: Alan Young admitted his “Uncle" Dave Thornton character is loosely based on Scrooge McDuck and David Filby.
  • 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Old Shame:
    • Eddie Murphy has spoken negatively about Beverly Hills Cop III since its first release.
    • Director John Landis has claimed that Eddie did everything he could to subvert any possible humor in the film by deliberately not being funny.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Tony Scott wanted Hans Zimmer to score the second film but the studio insisted on a name composer and Harold Faltermeyer returned. Zimmer would go on to do a number of films for Scott and producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer.
    • According to The Other Wiki, rejected screenplay ideas for III would have found Axel in London, teamed up with either Sean Connery or John Cleese.