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New book reveals all the drama behind classic comedy movies

Sylvester Stallone was on the phone with Eddie Murphy, and the “Rocky” superstar was angry enough to demolish a side of beef. “You f–ked my wife!” he screamed at Murphy. “Down, brother!” Murphy replied. “I didn’t f–k your wife!” But despite Murphy’s protests, as Nick de Semlyen writes in his new book about film comedies — “Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the ’80s Changed Hollywood Forever” (Crown Archetype, out May 28) — the damage had been done. Hollywood A-listers Stallone and Murphy had been great friends, even writing a pitch together for a third “Godfather” film that would have co-starred them with Al Pacino. But after Murphy hired Stallone’s then-wife, Brigitte Nielsen, t ...