Kevin Bacon’s Dream Collaboration with Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F

Kevin Bacon recently shared his excitement about working with Eddie Murphy in “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F,” describing it as a “bucket list” moment that he’s been waiting to fulfill for decades.

Bacon and Murphy, both iconic figures from the ’80s, finally crossed paths for the first time in this sequel. Reflecting on the experience, Bacon expressed his admiration for Murphy, calling him one of the greatest movie stars ever. “It’s been a dream to work with him. Despite being in the industry at the same time, our paths never crossed until now. I don’t even recall meeting him before this project,” Bacon said. In the film, Bacon portrays Captain Cade Grant, a police captain in the Beverly Hills Police Department, adding another notable role to his diverse acting career.

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Working alongside Murphy, Bacon was impressed by his co-star’s exceptional improvisation skills. “Eddie is incredibly relaxed and present on set. He improvises effortlessly without forcing humor, yet he’s always hilarious. There were moments when just a look from him almost made me break character,” Bacon recalled. He also noted Murphy’s attentiveness to his fellow actors, often picking up on subtle cues and incorporating them into his performance. “It was an incredible experience working with him. He really listens and responds in the moment,” Bacon added.

Bacon’s enthusiasm for the project extends beyond his collaboration with Murphy. He appreciates the rich history of the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise and the opportunity to be part of its legacy. “The original ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ films were a huge part of my youth. To be part of this new chapter is both exciting and humbling,” Bacon said. The film’s nostalgic value is not lost on him, and he feels honored to contribute to a series that has left such a lasting impact on pop culture.

The plot of “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” follows Detective Axel Foley, played by Murphy, as he returns to Beverly Hills. After his daughter Jane’s life is threatened, Foley teams up with a new partner, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and old friends Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Taggart (John Ashton) to unravel a conspiracy. The film also sees the return of other original cast members, including Paul Reiser as Detective Jeffrey Friedman and Bronson Pinchot as Serge.

Beyond the thrill of working with Murphy, Bacon praised the film’s ensemble cast and the dynamic energy they brought to the set. “Everyone was so dedicated and passionate about bringing their characters to life. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Judge Reinhold, and the rest of the cast were fantastic to work with. There was a real sense of camaraderie and mutual respect,” Bacon shared. He particularly enjoyed the mix of old and new faces, which he believes adds a fresh yet familiar feel to the movie.

“Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” is now streaming on Netflix, inviting both longtime fans and newcomers to enjoy the action-packed sequel. Fans can read Chris Bumbray’s review and catch interviews with Eddie Murphy, Kevin Bacon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Judge Reinhold, and more. The film’s release has generated significant buzz, and Bacon is eager to hear what audiences think. “I can’t wait for people to see it. It’s been a long time coming, and I think fans of the original will be really pleased with what we’ve done,” Bacon concluded.

The film has not only allowed Bacon to tick off a major item from his professional bucket list but also to engage in a project that bridges generations of moviegoers. With its blend of nostalgia and new energy, “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” promises to be a memorable addition to the beloved franchise.

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