Entertainment Movies Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall Reflect on the Importance of 'Coming to America' : It 'Became Part of the Culture' Coming 2 America is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video By Nigel Smith Nigel Smith Nigel Smith is Senior News Editor, Movies at PEOPLE. He is an Entertainment Editor and Writer with more than 10 years of experience in the online and print industries as a journalist, storyteller, proofreader and manager. In 2017 Smith joined the PEOPLE editorial team in New York as News Editor, Movies. He has written feature stories and reviews including interviews with Ryan Reynolds, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Hudson and Russell Crowe. Prior, he served as News Editor at the Wrap in Los Angeles, and Entertainment Editor at the Guardian, also in LA, where he covered the red carpet at major awards shows including the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Governors Awards, Grammy Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. He also attended and reported on major film festivals at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride, SXSW and Tribeca. Smith has appeared as an expert commentator on numerous morning and entertainment shows including Good Morning America, Today, NBC News, BBC News, Access Hollywood, NY1, PeopleTV and more. A native of Toronto, Canada, Smith graduated from Syracuse University in New York State with Master of Arts degree in Arts Journalism (Film). He is married and lives in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 5, 2021 11:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email With Coming 2 America finally streaming on Amazon Prime Video, its stars Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are looking back on why the 1988 original became such a classic. In a video, exclusive to PEOPLE, the pair, along with some of the franchise's stars, reflect on the comedy's enduring legacy. "Coming to America is a classic American film," says Murphy in the video. "Not like any of my other pictures, nothing became part of the culture like this movie. For Black folks, we don't have many movies like this. It's a modern fairytale." For more on Coming 2 America, listen below to the episode of PEOPLE Every Day! Adds Hall, "Everything worked, everything came together." Tracy Morgan, who stars in the sequel, says Coming to America "made me want to be in movies." Eddie Murphy's Prince Akeem Finds His Long Lost Son in New Coming 2 America Trailer Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Paramount Pictures The Coming to America sequel — titled Coming 2 America — will see Murphy reprise his role of Prince Akeem, and Hall as his best friend Semmi. The sequel film finds Akeem traveling back to America to find his long lost son, a Queens native named Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler). PEOPLE previously revealed an exclusive first look at James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer, in which the acting legend opened up about why he's so excited to return to the fan-favorite role. "Of the countless characters I've portrayed, King Jaffe Joffer remains one of the most enjoyable and iconic characters I've had the pleasure of playing," he said. "With his regal and commanding presence as the ruler of Zamunda, I reveled at bringing his presence to life for Coming to America in 1988. And now, over 30 years later, I am honored to reprise my role once again in the sequel, Coming 2 America." Coming 2 America is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.