“Serge” Beverley Hills Cop: Brainstain’s Favorite Characters

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Many great things happened in 1984, Orson Welles’ book “Nineteen Eighty-Four” finally met it’s setting and proved that it would only come true years later and also “Beverley Hills Cop” was released (buy here). The film starring Eddie Murphy as “Axel Foley” in his second break out role after his hilarious performance in “Trading Places” in 1983, features another one of ‘Brainstain’s Favorite Film Characters’, please now raise your cocktail glass and propose a toast to the genius of “Serge”, a true unsung hero of comedy.

Despite Eddie Murphy’s undoubted memorable moments in this film, which won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for “Favorite Motion Picture” and “Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture” and an ‘Academy Award’ for “Best Original Screenplay” in 1985, it is very difficult to ever forget the art salesman in the fancy Beverley Hills gallery, named “Serge”. Played by Bronson Pinchot, “Serge” is unknowingly working in a gallery owned by a notorious criminal named “Viktor”, when Axel Foley the Detroit undercover cop comes to investigate further, hilarity ensues. The comedic energy in their first scene together is electric and very tangible, as Eddie Murphy and Bronson Pinchot light up the silver screen and causes some serious laughter. It is moments like these, which helped to make “Beverley Hills Cop” the highest grossing film in 1984, earning a staggering $234 million at the domestic North American box office alone.

Axel Foley enters the modern art gallery and is at first struck by the incredibly camp surroundings of art, laughing to himself (Eddie Murphy laugh) when suddenly a man with a heavy English accent with twang from maybe the Middle East (nobody is quite sure) where he’s from, “Hey, how you all doing’ today?”, Axel turns around meeting Serge for the first time. “Hi” Axel replies. “I’m fine, my name is Serge and how can I help you?” he asks. “Yeah, I’m looking for Miss Jenny Summers?” says Axel. “Yeah, she’s very busy today. Maybe you give me your name?” Serge asks. “My name’s Axel Foley” he retorts. “What it’s pertaining?” he asks. “I didn’t understand what you said”. “Pertaining, what it’s meaning, regarding?” “Oh, what it’s regarding, I’m an old acquaintance of hers “says Axel. Serge calls his assistant over, “Donny…Run and tell Miss Summers that, uh, Mister Ached Foley is here to see her…” Segre demands. “No, “Axel” Foley. Axel” he says. Serge responds to confirm “Achnell? Achwell?” “Axel” says Foley. Serge then berates his assistant Donny on not buttoning his button shirt up, because his rug chest hair is visible for all to see. “Donny, cover this up, this is not the breast of a dog to scrub the customer. It’s not sexy, it’s animal” “No, it’s not sexy at all,” says Axel, whilst Donny walks off before Serge offers him any drink with a lemon twist.

The scene’s energy surges to the viewer and Pinchot’s performance is surely one of the main highlights of the film, balancing well off of Murphy’s natural comedic talents, then leading to the laugh out loud moment in the following interchange, whilst Axel takes in the art:

Serge

I see you look at this piece (peace).

Axel Foley

Yeah. I was wondering how much something like this went for?

Serge

One hundred and thirty thousand dollar.

Axel Foley

Get the fuck out of here!

Serge

No, I cannot! It’s serious! Because it’s very important piece (peace).

Axel Foley

Have you ever sold one of these?

Serge

Sell it yesterday to a collector.

Axel Foley

Get the fuck out of here!

Serge

No! I’m serious! I sell it myself!

 

At Brainstain, we’ve learned to appreciate these unique and wonderful moments of our favorite film characters’. On a second visit by Axel Foley to the art gallery, he brings LAPD Det. Billy Rosewood with him, “Yo, Serge, can you get my friend an espresso” asks Axel. “You want a bit of a leemon (sic) twist,” asks Serge. “Yeah, if it’s no bother?” asks Billy (Judge Reinhold) “No, don’t be stupid” Serge retorts. Clearly, Bronson Pinchot’s performance was one of the main highlights of the film, however, the character didn’t appear in Beverley Hills Cop II, much to the public’s disappointment. Only to return in Beverley Hills Cop III, where he stars as a gun salesman, exclaiming his passion for the survival boutique and how everything must conform to his philosophy and motto of “The three P’s. Which is protection, prestige and pretty. I mean, why you should look ugly if you’re trying to survive?” says Serge.

Unfortunately, Beverley Hills Cop II and III could not reciprocate the same critical acclaim as the original film, as is usually the case. However, Serge becomes immortal as one of the most memorable characters in any action comedy and for that we would like to personally thank both the screenwriter, and also Bronson Pinchot for his performance as “Serge”. Brush up on the movie magic by watching Serge and Axel Foley’s famous art gallery scene here. Happy Monday to everyone and remember to laugh, at least once a day. Serge definitely brings the heat in this film, “The heat is on. It’s on the street!” (Buy Soundtrack here)

 

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