** Murphy, who had [[StarMakingRole risen to fame]] on the back of the original ''Cop'' and its [[Film/BeverlyHillsCopII 1987 sequel]], among other hits, was averse to creating a third film in the series, claiming that he didn't like ''Cop II'''s over-reliance of similar gags and character motivations to that of the first in various talk show appearances. He claimed that if he were to get involved in a third film, it would be because Paramount Pictures footed a giant paycheck for him... and that's exactly what happened when they forked over $15 million for him to reprise the role of CowboyCop Axel Foley.
** Like its predecessors, the film was fraught with problems deciding on a plot or script. Many ideas were batted around, including one where Axel would journey to London, England to arrest a pair of criminal brothers after his colleague Jeffrey is killed trying to arrest them, and teaming up with a British detective (envisioned to be played by either Creator/SeanConnery or Creator/JohnCleese) to find the culprit. Another unused script idea had Foley, Rosewood, and Taggart going to London to rescue Captain Bogomil (Ronny Cox), who was being held hostage by terrorists during a International Police Convention. However, numerous problems, such as scripting issues and the budget, caused pre-production to drag out to the point that John Ashton and Cox had to drop out, due to obligations to other pending film projects. Cox would later claim in 2012 that the script was the big reason why he refused to return for the film, and his character simply isn't [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse mentioned or referenced in the finished film]].
** Murphy showed up on-set looking downbeat and not giving the kind of trademark energy he used to, with various reasons given as to why that was the case. Interviews with Landis and cast member Bronson Pinchot (reprising his role of Serge) lay the blame with Murphy being depressed over a string of underperforming films or outright flops (including ''Film/TheDistinguishedGentleman'' and ''Film/HarlemNights'', causing him to act morose throughout the shoot. For his part, Murphy claims that he wanted to play Axel Foley as an older and wiser detective who didn't use as much of his trademark snark or BavarianFireDrill tendencies. Whatever the case may be, his performance was singled out for criticism by reviewers after the fact.
** Murphy showed up on-set looking downbeat and not giving the kind of trademark energy he used to, with various reasons given as to why that was the case. Interviews with Landis and
** Director Creator/JohnLandis has claimed that Eddie did everything he could to subvert any possible humor in the film by deliberately not being funny.
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