11 Beverly Hills Cop Fun Facts: Axel Foley Turns 30!

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It was 30 years ago this week that Axel Foley left the mean streets of Detroit for the surprisingly meaner streets of Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills Cop.

Eddie Murphy officially became a blockbuster star with the film. Did you know that he wasn’t originally the one who was supposed to headline?

The A-lister whose movie it was dropped out two weeks before filming started and, believe you me, it would have been a very different movie.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest comedies of all time, we found 11 fun facts about the Murphy break-out hit that you probably didn’t know.

Those Beverly Hills Cop quotes are iconic, but not everyone on the set appreciated Murphy’s penchant for improv.

Check out our 11 fun facts about Beverly Hills Cop and then watch Beverly Hills Cop online and view it in an entirely new (and informed!) light.

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Beverly Hills Cop Quotes

Jenny Summers: [about Axel] What are you gonna do to him?
Victor Maitland: I think you should be more worried about what we're going to do with you.
Axel Foley: Yeah, Jenny, don't worry about me. We got cocaine and coffee here. We're gonna get wired and have a big party.

Don't you think I realize what's going on here, miss? Who do you think I am, huh? Don't you think I know that if I was some hotshot from out of town that pulled inside here and you guys made a reservation mistake, I'd be the first one to get a room and I'd be upstairs relaxing right now. But I'm not some hotshot from out of town, I'm a small reporter from "Rolling Stone" magazine that's in town to do an exclusive interview with Michael Jackson that's gonna be picked up by every major magazine in the country. I was gonna call the article "Michael Jackson Is Sitting On Top of the World," but now I think I might as well just call it "Michael Jackson Can Sit On Top of the World Just As Long As He Doesn't Sit in the Beverly Palm Hotel 'Cause There's No Niggers Allowed in There!"

Axel Foley