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'Trading Places' Was Originally Written for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor and 4 Other Facts About the Movie

Business Insider has a great oral history of Trading Places today, and it's filled with awesome tidbits about the classic film. Tidbits such as:

1. The movie was originally written for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor

LANDIS: The script was developed for Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. And when I was sent the script, Richard Pryor, unfortunately, had his accident where he burnt himself rather badly, and they sent it to me and said, 'What do you think?

The Lost Roles of Animal House

Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring what might have been in TV and film comedy, taking a different comedian, writer, or work each week and examining the casting possibilities and career moves that almost came to be. This week: the nixed casting possibilities for the 1978 movie Animal House.

It's difficult to put into perspective how huge a pop cultural event the release of National Lampoon's Animal House was in the summer of 1978. While there was a big hubbub made over The Hangover two years ago when it became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time; when inflation is factored in, that film pales in comparison [...]

A 'Crocodile Dundee' Crossover and Two Other Rejected Ideas for 'Beverly Hills Cop III'

The original Beverly Hills Cop movie was one of the most successful movies ever at the time of its release, and it had the potential to give birth to a franchise that was equally as popular and long-lasting. Unfortunately, the second movie didn't fare as well with audiences or critics and the third film, released in 1994, a whopping seven years after the previous installment, was near-disaster. Despite this, the version of Beverly Hills Cop III we got, in which Eddie Murphy's Axel Foley busts up a counterfeit ring at a Southern California theme park, was far superior to a lot of the ideas that were thrown around by [...]

The ¡Three Amigos!, Together Again

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the comedy western ¡Three Amigos! (or just because they could and it was a great idea), Empire brought together Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Martin Short and their director John Landis for a reunion interview, and apply a liberal coating of lip balm. Wherever there is injustice, you will find them, standing near the craft services table.

The Lost Roles of Three Amigos

This week marks the 25th anniversary of Three Amigos, one of the best-regarded comedies of the 1980's and one that brought together a half-dozen of the greatest comedic minds going at the time. Three Amigos starred Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, and Martin Short, was written by Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels, and Randy Newman (who also composed the music and did the voice of the Singing Bush), and was directed by John Landis, who even hired a pre-SNL Phil Hartman and Jon Lovitz for supporting roles. Few comedies can boast a team that is so remarkable and that made such a significant mark on comedy, both separately and together. The [...]

John Landis Returns to the Big Screen with Burke and Hare

John Landis, the director of The Blues Brothers, Coming to America and An American Werewolf in London, is back with his first movie in a decade with Burke and Hare, a period comedy that looks like a non-musical version of Sweeney Todd. Starring Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Tim Curry and Isla Fisher, it's about a couple of old-timey British chaps who get into the cadaver-selling business, with wacky and madcap results. I'm not completely sold on it after seeing the trailer, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.