Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld talk Planet of the Apes

Eddie Murphy Claims ‘POTA’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Are the Same Story!

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That headline sounds so bizarre, but Eddie Murphy definitely makes a point, as you’ll see in the video above where he’s driving around with Jerry Seinfeld. Or you can read it in the transcript below.

EDDIE MURPHY: You like The Wizard of Oz?

JERRY SEINFELD: I love The Wizard of Oz.

EDDIE MURPHY: Planet of the Apes is The Wizard of Oz. Movie starts off, she wants to go over the rainbow, right? Charlton Heston is, like, “There’s got to be something better than man.” She gets hit on the head and goes asleep. He takes his shot and he goes asleep and they wake up in this strange place. She meets Munchkins, he meets monkeys. And at the end, you find out you were home all the time.

JERRY SEINFELD: My God, that’s great.

EDDIE MURPHY: It’s the same shit, you’ve been home al the time. And he’s, like, “God damn you all to hell!” That was the only thing you could say in movies back then.

JERRY SEINFELD: He was born to say lines like that.

EDDIE MURPHY: And when they revealed the Statue of Liberty, there was an audible sound from the audience.

JERRY SEINFELD: And then they gotta make eight more of them.

EDDIE MURPHY: They did Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes. And I was such an ape maniac that I remember they had “Go Ape For a Day!”. In Hempstead, Long Island they were gonna show all five movies back-to-back. I went by myself in the morning and I watched all those movies twice. And when I got outta the movies, it was dark and I went home. My mother gave me my last whippin’ because I went to some ape movie marathon.

JERRY SEINFELD: Apes with guns and horses and they’re in black leather with secrets: “The Forbidden Zone!”

EDDIE MURPHY: Have you ever heard about lunch on the Planet of the Apes?

JERRY SEINFELD: Oh, all the apes would go …

EDDIE MURPHY: The apes would go with the apes, the orangutans would hang with the orangutans and the gorillas would be with the gorillas.

JERRY SEINFELD: Yeah, that makes sense.


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