It has been nearly forty years since Eddie Murphy first stepped into the role of Axel Foley for the original “Beverly Hills Cop,” an action film that became such a success it spawned two sequels and remains one of the most iconic roles of his career.
Martin Brest directed the film in which a Detroit detective travels to Beverly Hills, California to solve the murder of his best friend.
Murphy and several other original cast members return to their roles next year in “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley,” a fourth installment of the franchise and the first since the 1990s.
One key difference is age – Murphy is 62 years old, hardly the young twentysomething he was in the first two films. Speaking with People recently, the actor says getting back into the action sequences at his current age has proven difficult:
“It was a hard one. I did Axel Foley when I was in my 20s. I am not in my 20s anymore. It was an action movie. So it was a rough one. But we got through it.
It’s a really physical movie and I had to do some physical stuff…. I like to be on the couch, I don’t like to be jumping over and shooting and running, and I had to do some jumping and shooting and running.
As a result… at the end of the movie, I had a knee brace and my back is messed up. But the movie is gonna be special.”
Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser and Bronson Pinchot all return from prior entries, whilst Kevin Bacon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Taylour Paige join the fun for the first time in the new film, which is expected to hit Amazon Prime Video next year.