Stars Light up The Wallis for “Axel F” Premier

Detective Axel Foley has made his mark on Beverly Hills yet again. After gathering at Beverly Gardens Park on June 25 to honor the “Beverly Hills Cop” franchise’s impact on the city, the entire City Council joined the stars and producers of “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for a premiere party and screening of the new release. 

“The ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ movie franchise has highlighted the city of Beverly Hills as its backdrop since the release of its first movie in 1984. In order to commend the positive impact Detective Axel Foley has had throughout the years, the Beverly Hills City Council has proclaimed June 20, 2024 as a day honoring his behalf,” Mayor Lester Friedman said.  

In honor of Foley’s roots, the premier party was a decidedly Detroit-inflected affair. Guests schmoozed over Detroit-style  pizzas and hot dogs, and Detroit rapper Big Sean performed his biggest hits to a hyped-up crowd, speaking in between songs about what it means for a kid from Detroit to make it big in Beverly Hills.   

According to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, “Axel F” was the first movie in the franchise to be filmed on location, and it was also the first time a helicopter landed in Beverly Hills in the city’s history. 

“Everything we do is still aimed at authenticity,” Sarandos told the Courier. “Beverly Hills is a character in the movie.” 

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