Pinaxonline has gathered that Wesley Snipes auditioned for a role in the original 1988 film he tried out for the role of Darryl Jenks, the heir to the Soul Glow throne and the pompous boyfriend of Lisa McDowell, played by Shari Headley. But the part went to Eriq La Salle instead, and it’s something that crushed Snipes at the time.
The actor talked about the experience during a round table discussion with his fellow cast mates from the movie “Dolemite Is My Name,” which he co-stars in with Murphy.
“I auditioned for ‘Coming to America,’ and I remember being so sad,” Snipes recalled. “‘Cause I really wanted to be in the movie. I wanted to work with him, and I was really, like, contemplating what my purpose in life was after losing that to Eriq La Salle.”