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3. ‘Trading Places’ and ‘Coming to America’

Though Eddie Murphy doesn’t reprise his role as slick-talking Billy Ray Valentine, it’s clear that Coming to America takes place in the same New York in which Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd turned the tables on two racist billionaires, thanks to some fast movements with orange juice futures. The evidence can be found in a brief cutaway in Coming to America, when Murphy’s Prince Akeem gives some money to two old vagrants living in the park. The two old men are, of course, Randolph and Mortimer Duke who’ve lost everything thanks to their trickery in Trading Places.

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