Coming To America is my favorite comedy movie of all time. In the 80s, a young comedian named Eddie Murphy hit the scene and became a sensation as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. He then made his way into movies and took the world by storm. Long before the days of Shrek & The Nutty Professor, Eddie was creating R rated blockbusters like 48 Hours, Trading Places, and Beverly Hills Cop just to name a few. Among those was a movie that I and many of his long time fans consider to be an all time favorite, Coming To America. This movie is a timeless masterpiece that just clicked on all cylinders. With a great cast like Eddie, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, and Shari Headley to name a few, and the direction of John Landis (who also directed my 2nd favorite Murphy film Trading Places) you just couldn't go wrong as the story and acting were top notch and the laughs kept on coming. It was also the first movie Eddie made where he (and Arsenio) played as an abundance of different characters (the guys in the barber shop, Reverend Brown, Randy Watson, and Arsenio in the hilarious scene as the woman in the nightclub).
One of the things the movie is most well known for is the place where Eddie & Arsenio's characters, Prince Akeem and Semmi, worked at during the movie...the McDonald's copycat restaurant known as McDowell's, which was run by Cleo McDowell (played by John Amos) and where Akeem met his future wife, Lisa McDowell (played by Shari Headley).
This brings me to the shoes i'm about to show (P.S., I wanted to go to the actual location in Queens where the above McDowell's was stationed to do the sneaker photos but unfortunately that building, which later became a Wendy's restaurant, was torn down in the last year or two and the space is now closed off). The Actual shoe design is based off the plaid uniforms worn by Akeem and the McDowell's employees in the movie:
Here is the finished product:
This was one of the many custom themes that I had been sitting on for a while that I really wanted to do. These are a 1-of-1 theme that I wanted to do just for fun as a way to pay homage to one of favorite movies/favorite comedy of all time. Will there be more movie themes in the future? Time will tell.....
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