Eddie Murphy Was Almost In A Star Trek Movie

Before He Came To America

Before The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Eddie Murphy could have ventured into Space: The Final Frontier.

During an interview with the HollyWood reporter celebrating the 30th anniversary of one pivotal Star Trek film, the script writers revealed a juicy tidbit. 

In 1986 during writing of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,original screenwriter’s Steve Meerson and Peter Krikes wrote a part for Eddie Murphy (a huge star trek fan) in one of the 10 drafts of the script.

He was meant to play an astrophysicist at the University Of California: Berkley. The part eventually fell through, however, due to a changing of the guard. 

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“At the beginning of the process, it was actually a lot of fun. As the process progressed, it became less fun, because it became more political. And I don’t say that with any bitterness. It’s just the way things work in all businesses,” says Meerson.

“We began to feel like at a certain point that this was going to be taken away from us, which in fact, it was.”

Imagine that being an integral part of Eddie Murphy’s legacy. It could have changed the course of Murphy film history. Would the awesome Coming To America have happened?

Maybe it was for the best. 

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Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.