While it would have been nothing short of iconic if Coming 2 America went to the silver screen, not even that fact stopped it from being a great movie.
The follow-up to the original 1988 comedy was recently released last week, once again starring Eddie Murphy who reprises his role as the lead character, Prince Akeem Joffer.
True to form, the movie is set in the fictional country that we know as Zamunda, with the royal family residing in the family mansion.
And now in the interest of full disclosure, it’s now been revealed where exactly the mansion of the royal family is located. And also who actually owns the place – that person being none other than producer and rapper, Rick Ross.
As per Consequence of Sound, Ross’ home is a cool 45,000 square-foot mansion in Fayetteville, Georgia, surrounded by 235 acres. There mansion has a total of 12 bedrooms, a dining room which can seat up to 100 people. And last but not least, has a gold ceiling trim which runs right throughout the entire place.
Following the movie’s release, Variety sat down with Ross, where they found out just how keen he was to have the sequel filmed at his very own digs. According to the publication, Coming to America is without a doubt one of Ross’ all-time favourite movies, and the rapper was “chuffed to see Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall walking through his estate.”
The movie’s production designer, Jefferson Sage, says that the problem they had was being able to find a house that “had the scale of the possibilities for a very lavish palace” while also ensuring that they honoured the original film by maintaining a similar colour scheme.
The film’s set designers used five key spaces in total to set the scene of the Zamundan palace. Sage added, “That entrance foyer with the big two-story interior and double-winding staircase was perfect. Off of that, there were two beautiful big rooms with giant windows and 18-foot ceilings.”
Ross said, “They changed the wallpaper in the dining room so I asked them to keep it up there. 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.”