Franken in 2015
Theatrical release poster
Franken entertaining troops at Ramstein Air Base in December 2000
Dan Aykroyd pictured in 2009. Paramount Pictures saw Aykroyd's success as tied to his partnership with the late John Belushi, and the studio did not want to cast him, but his previous work with director John Landis helped him to secure the role
Franken with Senator Paul Simon in 1991
The Curtis Institute of Music pictured in 2010. The building was used as the exterior of the Heritage Club where Winthorpe and Valentine first meet.
Franken playing Saddam Hussein while entertaining service members in Iraq (2005)
Winthorpe, Valentine, Ophelia, and Coleman retire with their gains to a tropical beach. The scene was shot on location in St Croix in the United States Virgin Islands.
Franken campaigning for the U.S. Senate in 2008
Jamie Lee Curtis pictured in 2018. She was dismissed as only a horror film star before her critically well-received breakthrough performance in Trading Places.
Franken at an election rally with Hillary Clinton in October 2008
Eddie Murphy pictured in 2010. His successes with 48 Hrs. and Trading Places elevated him to film superstardom.
Franken meeting with Vice President Joe Biden in May 2009
A drawing from the 1882 novel The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. Trading Places is seen as a modern retelling of that story and Twain's 1893 short story The Million Pound Bank Note.
Franken during the 111th Congress
Franken in 2017
Franken in July 2017 (second from the left)

They also had minor roles in All You Need Is Cash and the film Trading Places, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.

- Al Franken

The film has numerous cameos, including singer Bo Diddley as a pawnbroker; Curtis' sister Kelly Curtis as Penelope's friend Muffy; the Muppets puppeteers Frank Oz and Richard Hunt as, respectively, a police officer and Wilson, the Duke's broker on the trading floor; and Aykroyd's former Saturday Night Live colleagues, Tom Davis and Al Franken, as train baggage handlers.

- Trading Places
Franken in 2015

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Saturday Night Live

American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol.

American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol.

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The original 1975 cast, from left to right: Laraine Newman, John Belushi, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Garrett Morris, and Chevy Chase
Showrunner Lorne Michaels
Comcast Building (30 Rockefeller Plaza, or "30 Rock") from which the show is broadcast
SNLs main stage, during rehearsal, 2008
Lorne Michaels and the cast of Saturday Night Live at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards for Political Satire 2008
Sinéad O'Connor tears a picture of Pope John Paul II apart during a live SNL performance

Concerned the show would be canceled without him, Michaels suggested writers Al Franken, Tom Davis, and Jim Downey as his replacements.

Murphy's star exploded, and he quickly appeared in films such as 48 Hrs. and Trading Places, before leaving for his film career in early 1984.

Tom Davis (comedian)

American comedian, writer, and author.

American comedian, writer, and author.

He is best known for his comedy partnership with Al Franken, as half of the comedy duo "Franken & Davis" on Saturday Night Live.

The duo wrote the screenplay for and appeared in the film One More Saturday Night, and had brief appearances in Trading Places and The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash.