Eddie Murphy rose to fame as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980-1984, and rode the fame wave into the movie business at the same time.
His first film in 1982 was 48 Hrs. with Nick Nolte. It was a big success and Murphy was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut. Murphy kept his momentum with the 1983 film Trading Places which earned him another Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.
With two great films under his belt, and a flourishing comedy career, Murphy was ready for a solo leading role. He made the most of his opportunity.
Beverly Hills Cop
In BHC, Murphy plays Axel Foley, a street-smart cop from Detroit who takes a “vacation” to LA to investigate the murder of his best friend. Foley is clever, hip, quick-witted, and even manages to befriend the local police after some initial fruit-based friction.
The role of Axel Foley was initially offered to Mickey Rourke and then Sly Stallone before landing on Murphy. Stallone wanted to adapt the script into more of an action film and change Foley to Cabretti. Stallone’s ideas were to expensive for Paramount, causing him to drop out just weeks before filming was to start. Luckily for us, Eddie Murphy took the role and made this great movie.
The soundtrack was released in 1986 and won the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. This main theme was a break out hit for German-born composer Harold Faltermeyer. Harold got his start in professional music playing keyboards and arranging the soundtrack for the film Midnight Express.
This music was originally written for the banana in the tailpipe scene, but the electronic hip hop song was too good to use once.
Play this sequence with a steady beat to represent Foley’s relentless pursuit of his friends’ killers. Keep your articulations crisp and clear to represent the hard edged work of a big city cop, and have fun bouncing through these intervals that make this tune so memorable.
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