Trivia / The Golden Child

  • The Cameo: Famed Hollywood stunt man, martial artist and professional wrestler "Judo" Gene Lobell has a cameo as the drunk biker who coughs in Eddie Murphy's face.
  • Crosscast Role: Although the character of The Golden Child is portrayed and treated as a boy throughout the movie, the part was played by actress Jasmine Reate (credited as "J.L. Reate").
  • Dueling Movies: By an amazing coincidence, this movie came out at about the same time as another action-comedy about Eastern mysticism, Big Trouble in Little China.
  • Mid-Development Genre Shift: Like Beverly Hills Cop, the film started as a serious action film and then became an Eddie Murphy comedy.
  • Old Shame: Eddie Murphy trashed this movie while promoting Coming to America, saying the original script was far better than the finished product (indeed, the novelization is closer to what was intended).
  • Recycled Set: In the dream, when Chandler meets Sardo, Fu and "The Fat dude" and Sardo carves the dagger on Chandler's arm, the set is the same used in the last few seasons of Webster
  • Those Two Actors: Victor Wong ("The Old Man") also plays Egg Shen in Big Trouble in Little China. His costar James Hong (David Lo Pan) is Dr. Hong. The two would appear together again in Paper Dragons.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In a brilliant example of Tropes Are Not Bad, Mel Gibson was considered for Jarrell. Face it: this movie has a rather cheesy and predictable plot, but it's being carried by Murphy's humor. Now imagine the movie without comedy but with Gibson.
    • John Carpenter was originally attached to direct, but opted to make the similar Big Trouble in Little China.
    • John Barry wrote a score for the film, but it was rejected in favor of Michel Colombier's synthesizer music. Two Barry compositions remain in the soundtrack, one of those being Ann Wilson's "Best Man in The World" (La-La Land released the complete work of both composers).
    • Alan Silvestri was originally set to provide the music score for the film but turned the project down.
    • Eddie Murphy wanted George Miller to direct.

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