Nick Nolte didn’t like the 48 Hours movie script, but director Walter Hill told him not to worry and to go to New York to meet his future colleague Eddie Murphy.
Action, comedy and a right dose of not exactly velvety language, make of 48 ore one of the best action thriller movies of the 80s. The film is considered the origin of the flourishing genre of buddy-cop movie (a couple of policemen, personalities at the antipodes, a case to be solved with comedy implications), despite one of the two characters is not a policeman and there is a precedent, the film A strange pair of cops from 1974 with Alan Arkin e James Caan. With the specialist Walter Hill directing, it is now easy to see 48 ore as a foregone success, but put together a cop and a crook played by Nick Nolte e Eddie Murphy it was a real experiment. Successfull. And with a sequel made in 1990 entitled Still 48 hours.
It was 1982 and Hill there was a western and four thrillers, including The warriors of the night e Driver, the elusive. His raw and lively style was liked, but his desire for variations on the theme of the urban western led him to experiment with something more. The corpulent and rude Nick Nolte he had 12 years of career behind him and did not hesitate to tell him that the script of that film he had proposed “was terrible”. It was initially a story set in San Francisco with two white cops and a criminal to catch. “Are you sure you want to do this?” he insisted Nolte e Walter Hill told him to have faith, because he was rewriting the film, and also told him to fly from Los Angeles to New York to meet a certain Eddie Murphy.
Eddie Murphy in 1982 he was one of several comedians of the Saturday Night Live who had never acted in a movie. In the modified version of the script (originally a few years earlier it was meant for Clint Eastwood which he then did Escape from Alcatraz), Hill had made the search for the killer more captivating by putting it together a white cop and a black crook and for the latter part he had thought of Richard Pryor. The latter however was becoming too big a star for a co-star role, but when Hill saw Murphy on television at Saturday Night Live, he told the producers he wanted to bet on him. What struck him was the whirlwind chatter that this 21-year-old boy could boast, perfect for the character’s personality that contrasted with the roughness of the cop Nolte.
48 hours: Nick Nolte went to Eddie Murphy in New York, but ended up snorting for three days at a musician’s house
Nick Nolte he continued to be wary of the project and the idea of working with a rookie did not thrill him. This meant for him to work harder to make up for the acting shortcomings of Murphy. Walter HillTo make him change his mind, he made him pay the flight and hotel production to New York in order to meet his future colleague in person. “When I arrived in New York I saw a saxophonist on 48th Street and then I went up to him” recalls Nick Nolte, explaining that there was widespread abuse at the time “of a white powder, so I stayed three days in that guy’s apartment. “” At one point I said I had to go to Saturday Night Live to meet someone and he said to me, the black guy? “continues the actor, quoting the musician’s words. “That’s a crazy maniac,” the man informed him. Nolte he went back to Los Angeles and when he told Walter Hill that “Eddie Murphy was a crazy maniac”, the director replied “a crazy Eddie Murphy maniac? You didn’t meet him did you? This is the last time I make you pay for a trip”. When then Eddie Murphy flew to Los Angeles the two met and it became evident that the two could have excellent alchemy on screen. Nolte he later understood that the musician was referring to another member of the Saturday Night Live, the oldest Garrett Morris. Below is a clip of 48 ore which in recent days has been included among the news of Amazon Prime Video.