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15 Little-Known Facts About The Nutty Professor

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, Jada Pinkett, Eddie Murphy, 1996, (c)Universal Pictures/courtesy Everett Collec

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Laugh your way through Eddie Murphy’s 1996 Academy Award-winning (see, you’re learning things already!) comedy with these 15 little-known facts.

1. The film is based on the 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy of the same name.

The Jekyll and Hyde-like storylines are mostly the same in both films, as is the name of the protagonist’s alter ego (Buddy Love). However, while Eddie Murphy’s Sherman Klump wants to lose weight, Jerry Lewis’ character wants to bulk up to become a jock.


2. The weight loss storyline was inspired by daytime television.

Murphy allegedly came up with the weight loss theme of the movie while watching a daytime chat show’s segment on the topic.


3. Lewis served as executive producer on the 1996 version of The Nutty Professor.

He also executive produced its sequel, 2000’s The Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps, and would go on to produce and star in a computer-animated sequel to his original film—also called The Nutty Professor—in 2008.


4. But it turns out Lewis isn’t really a fan of Murphy’s version.

He’s quoted as saying, “I have such respect for Eddie, but I should not have done it. What I did was perfect the first time around, and all you’re going to do is diminish that perfection by letting someone else do it.”


5. Lewis allegedly turned down a cameo in the movie.

His reason: He thought the script had too many fart jokes.


6. The Nutty Professor was also produced by business mogul and Def Jam Recordings co-founder Russell Simmons.

Simmons loved Lewis’ version and always wanted to do an updated version. In fact, Lewis’ version inspired Simmons’ comedy series Def Comedy Jam, which is referenced in the remake.


7. Director Tom Shayac wasn’t Murphy’s original choice…

Murphy and the producers wanted famed director John Landis to direct The Nutty Professor. Landis had worked previously with Murphy on the films Trading Places, Coming to America, and Beverly Hills Cop III.


8. … but he seemed to have the magic touch.

The Nutty Professor was the second in a string of four consecutive comedies directed by Shadyac to gross more than $100 million worldwide. The other films were Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, and Patch Adams.

9. Eddie Murphy plays a total of seven characters in the film.

He plays every member of the Klump family except for Ernie Klump Jr., the nephew who is played by actor Jamal Mixon, as well as the Richard Simmons lookalike, Lance Perkins.


10. There’s a story behind Dave Chappelle’s character’s name.

The rude comic played by Chappelle is named Reggie Warrington after director Reginald Hudlin and his brother Warrington. Eddie Murphy allegedly had a falling out with the brothers after appearing in 1992’s Boomerang, which Reginald directed and Warrington produced.


11. Jada Pinkett Smith chose The Nutty Professor over Independence Day.

Pinkett Smith, who plays Carla Purty, wasn’t able to star in Independence Day with her then-boyfriend (and now-husband) Will Smith because she had already accepted her role in The Nutty Professor.


12. A lot of work went into those crazy dinner scenes.

To make the Klump family dinner table scenes work seamlessly, Murphy performed each role one at a time. While filming each new character, he would use an earpiece that played audio of himself as the Klump family members he’d already shot. He repeated this process for days until the entire scene was complete with each family member’s dialogue.


13. Grandma Klump is based on the pioneering comedian Moms Mabley.


14. The suit and practical effects that Eddie Murphy had to wear were created by Academy Award-winning effects designer Rick Baker.

Baker made an entire body cast of Murphy in order to create the lightweight, hand-carved eurothane foam and spandex suit that would make the actor appear 450 lbs. Other parts of the suit were filled with cellulose and water to make it move believably. It took three hours to apply the makeup each day for the entire 70-day shoot. Baker and his team would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Makeup for The Nutty Professor.


15. Eddie Murphy was allegedly paid $12 million to star in The Nutty Professor.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…