Zamunda is a lot closer than you think. According to production designer Jefferson Sage, who spearheaded the design for “Coming 2 America“, the sequel to the classic ’80s Eddie Murphy-led comedy, was “where do we find a house that had the scale of the possibilities for a very lavish palace?”
To create a feeling of lineage, the studio’s art department painted Eddie Murphy’s likeness for the palace’s extensive art collection.
Sage spoke to Variety on March 5 about how he and his crew set the scene for the fictional African kingdom of Zamunda, where Murphy’s Prince Akeem Joffer called home, and used Rick Ross’s real-life home to do it.
The “Coming 2 America” crew didn’t have to leave the U.S. to set up the land of Zamunda, and actually shot most of the Zamunda-based scenes in and around Atlanta, Georgia. This included both interior and exterior shots of the Zamundan palace
Rapper Rick Ross, who is a big fan of the original 1988 “Coming to America”, lent the cast and crew the keys to his 45,000 square-foot home in Fayetteville, Georgia. The home, which has 12 bedrooms and a dining room large enough to host 100 guests, was already opulent enough to play home to Prince Akeem, and the production team only had to make minimal changes to get the look they wanted.
Rapper Rick Ross’s Atlanta estate doubled as the royal palace in Zamunda. Shown here is one of the numerous bedroom suites.
“That entrance foyer with the big two-story interior and double-winding staircase was perfect,” Sage told Variety. “Off of that, there were two beautiful big rooms with giant windows and 18-foot ceilings. We used five key spaces that we turned into Zamunda.”
When external sets were needed for scenes that took place in the ballroom and throne room, Sage took inspiration from Ross’s mansion and recreated the home’s architectural details and color schemes on the sound stages.
Prince Akeem’s lavish bedroom in the film is actually Ross’s personal bedroom. And Ross was totally fine with the minor makeover the crew gave his home. “They changed the wallpaper in the dining room so I asked them to keep it up there,” Ross said. “They also created that huge dining room table for a dining scene that seats 50-60 people, and they left that for me as a gift. It’s humungous.”
“Coming 2 America” is currently available to stream on Prime Video.
Anybody supporting Buhari govt deserves hell – Davido
Popular Nigerian singer, Davido has joined many Nigerians in criticizing the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government over the rising insecurity issues in the country.
Davido on his Twitter page described things happening in the country as evil and disgusting.
The ‘If’ crooner said anyone supporting this present administration deserves to go to hell fire.
According to him, the entertainment industry saved Nigeria.
His tweet read: “God how did it get to this man! Any body supporting this government suppose go hell fire Walai. It’s not even ridiculous no more it is disgusting and evil!
“Country don choke oh, he don reach even them sef wan run
“Entertainment saved Nigeria!” (sic).
For the past few days, there have been criticisms from Nigerians over the spate of kidnapping, killings and unrest across the country.
While some quarters called for Buhari to resign others demanded that he wipe out bandits and those responsible for kidnapping and killings.
Big Brother Naija Announces Date For Season 6 Audition
A post on its Verified Twitter page said that auditioning for the show would commence from 3rd to 16th of May 2021.
Those interested in participating in the reality show are expected to log on to AfricaMagic.tv/bbaudtion, upload a 2 minute video introducing themselves, telling Big Brother why they should Be in in the house this season.
It added that audition is free and open to persons who are 21-year old and above with a valid identity document
The organizers also said those who partook in their ex early access audition shouldn’t audition again.
The Rock, WWE Legend, Acquires Multi-Million Dollar Mansion
Popular Hollywood actor and wrestler, Dwayne Johnson, popularly known as The Rock, has acquired a mansion in California’s North Beverly Park.
His new mansion is not only worth a whopping sum of $27.8m, it sits tucked away in the mountains surrounded with his neighbours Sofia Vergara, Denzel Washigton, Eddie Murphy and Rod Stetwart.
He purchased it from the actor and comedian Paul Reiser. The house formerly owned by Alex Van, was built in 1993.
Paul and The Rock reportedly closed their off-market deal last week on the property, which includes the main house and the guest house.
The building features a number of amazing sectors which includes; a main mansion , and a detached 2,500 square foot guest house, and occupying more than 3.
A gym, a full sized tennis court, a baseball diamond, a movie theatre, a music studio, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an elevator, and many beautiful olive trees.
The mansion is by no means Dwayne’s only lavish mansion. Earlier in January, he sold his estate in Georgia for $9.7 million.
The actor surely has eyes for beautiful things.
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