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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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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.

Quirks

Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

The Mirror

Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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