En Vogue Talks About Their Cameo Set In ‘Coming 2 America’
Written by BET on March 9, 2021
The extremely anticipated sequel to 1988’s Coming to America made an enormous splash final Friday (March 5) as a brand new technology of followers had been launched to the royal household of Zamunda. Coming 2 America, now streaming now on Amazon Prime, welcomed veterans like Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Corridor again in addition to cameos from lots of our favourite comedians and a efficiency by the legendary singing group En Vogue.
From their debut album Born to Sing in 1990, En Vogue has given us nothing however sophistication, intercourse enchantment, and regality. Their presence in Coming 2 America continues that legacy as they sing a particular rendition of their platinum promoting hit “Whatta Man” with Salt-N-Pepa.
BET.com talked to En Vogue members Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, and Rhona Bennett about their time on set, their favourite scenes from the unique and what they’ve in retailer this 12 months for followers ready patiently for brand new music.
BET.com: Earlier than we get into your function within the new film let’s return to the primary Coming to America, which debuted in 1988, two years earlier than En Vogue’s first album. Do you bear in mind what you considered it on the time and a few of your favourite scenes?
Cindy Herron: Wow! That was earlier than we even knew we had been gonna be a singing group. That was when Terry was in school and I used to be nonetheless residing in San Francisco, chasing my dream of appearing and performing regionally. When this movie got here out, it was every part. Considered one of my favourite scenes is when Samuel L Jackson is available in to rob the place and Eddie Murphy has to kick his butt with a mop deal with and Shari Headley’s boyfriend (Eriq La Salle) with the Jheri curl.
Terry Ellis: I am gonna say the Sexual Chocolate moments palms down and the barber store. The barbershop scene once you noticed Eddie Murphy enjoying all these characters simply went to an entire different stage. You knew this man isn’t just a comic, he’s an unimaginable, unimaginable expertise.
Rhona Bennett: I undoubtedly echo lots of what Terry and Cindy stated. I really like the barbershop scenes. That was pre-Nutty Professor, earlier than we knew he was gifted in that approach. I really like the Soul Glo factor once they left the Jheri curl juice on the sofa and naturally Sexual Chocolate Randy Watson is my favourite.
BET.com: How did this even come about and what was it like performing with Salt-N-Pepa once more on your mega hit tune?
Cindy Herron: Our supervisor acquired a name about us presumably doing a cameo look. We had been instructed it might be a tune that we’d do with Salt-N-Pepa that will be a rendition of “Whatta Man,” however it might be referred to as “Whatta King.”
Terry Ellis: Earlier than the pandemic, there have been moments that we did reveals with them. A few years in the past, they’d a Las Vegas residency and so they invited us to come back in and carry out for that, so we have been chit-chatting alongside the best way. We love them! I can not bear in mind the final time we truly carried out collectively, however after we did Coming 2 America, it was a lot enjoyable. It was like reshooting the video another time, besides we had been dressed in additional regal clothes and surrounded by all these extremely gifted actors. We had been wearing Ruth Carter‘s garments and it was simply fabulous.
BET.com: On the set, we see everyone chopping up. There are all these extremely humorous individuals round you. How did you three maintain it collectively? How did you pull off this wonderful efficiency?
Cindy Herron: We had been simply centered on making an attempt to be our best possible as a result of we knew we needed to be. We labored with the choreographer on set, and we discovered every part that we would have liked to do proper there.
Terry Ellis: At first was positioned within the movie and edited, it was an entire tune, like a full-length tune. We simply all tried to be our best possible and the power was actually nice. It felt, you understand, like a type of woman energy moments once more as a result of Salt-N- Pepa, they at all times convey it. The power was actually wonderful.
BET.com: I do know it is a pandemic proper now, however when can we get new music out of your women?
Cindy Herron: We will re-release an album very quickly referred to as Soul Flower. It was an album that was launched in 2004, however it dropped earlier than lots of social media and we launched it on our personal label. We’re additionally taking a look at doing a little new music that we hope to launch later this 12 months.
Terry Ellis: And there could also be two or three new songs on the re-release of Soul Flower as nicely.
Watch En Vogue and Salt-N-Pepa in Coming 2 America streaming now on Amazon Prime.