John Ashton was absent from Beverly Hills Cop III. Not so in Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (Beverly Hills Cop IV). This week, he joined the Poddywood podcast to talk about returning to the fourth film in the long-running series.
“Honest to god it was as if we never left”, Ashton said of reuniting with his co-stars. “It was weird.. it was like we had just worked yesterday. It was great.”
“Most of the time when Judge and Eddie and I had scenes, [Jerry] would show up.”
Ashton, now 74, acknowledged that the third movie is widely considered to be the turd in the swimming pool and that there was pressure within this movie to correct it.
“I know the pressure that everybody felt – because of past performances on the third one, and the anticipation is so high – and I felt it.”
Ashton says it took so long for the movie to be put together because Eddie Murphy continuously and rightly rejected sub par scripts, until this one, which Ashton claims probably ‘tops the first movie’, impressed everyone. He also confirmed Taggart and Rosewood aren’t just cameos.
“We are an integral part of the movie, believe me.”
Ashton regrets that Hector Elizondo, who played Sgt. Jon Flint in Beverly Hills Cop III – stepping in for Ashton, who sat that one out – won’t be back because he won’t get to sell him to fuck off..
Said Ashton, “I have no qualms about Hector, but it would have been funny to have had a scene where I’m like “Hey, I’m back now. Fuck off.”