The woman who plays Angela Verocco, the untalented wannabe singer/dancer girlfriend of the villain is, in real life, the extremely talented Faith Prince, who was nominated for a Tony for her role in Broadway's "Guys & Dolls" revival. She also played Richard Kind's fiancee on Spin City.
The little boy in that saves johnny out of the closet and fights in the big fight scene in the end is none other than Ernie Reyes Jr. who stars in the future "Surf Ninjas" and the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Movie Series. His father Ernie Reyes Jr. is also one of the thugs and contributed to the martial arts choreagraphy.
One of Richie's friends was Carl Payne, aka 'cockroach', Theo's best friend also from the Cosby show. They show him as they're pulling Richie out of the trash can after Sho'Nuff stuff's him in there. Carl Payne is Cole from 'Martin", the Martin Lawrence show.
I was shocked when I watched one of the first Ultimate Fighting Championship videos and saw in one of the undercard matches (the ones that weren't shown in full on the video) that Taimak was the referee for one of the matches. I looked for his name in the credits and "Sho'Nuff" (pun intended!) Taimak was the referee. I think it's the tape for UFC 2.
The movie also features Mike Starr (also from New York - Queens) as the second thug, the big guy with curly hair. He went on to be a pretty big star himself by appearing in 'The Bodyguard 'with Whitney Houston and Jim Carey in 'Dumb and Dumber' as well as other feature films.
In 1997, Busta Rhymes parodied the character Sho-Nuff in his music video for "Dangerous". In the video, the music cuts off, and Busta proclaims, "Yo Leroy! Am I not the baddest . . ." and replicates the first on-screen speech of Sho-Nuff in this movie.
Years ago, in a legacy Insomniacmania interview with Taimak Guarriello, star of the 1985 hit 'The Last Dragon', it was revealed that there were attempts made to make a sequel to the comedy martial arts classic, reviving some of the old characters such as Julius Carry's Sho'Nuff and Ernie Reyes Jr as Tai.
Taimak was, at the time, penning the idea with the films' original director Michael Schultz, but we're not sure whether it was ever pitched to any studios or what happened.
It's a shame it obviously came to nothing as we would LOVE to see this film get made as I'm sure many others would, although with the sad death of Julius Carry, who played Sho'Nuff, even if it now did happen one day, it would be missing that perhaps vital ingredient...
Have you ever wondered how Vanity, a star born under Prince, who was signed to Warner Bros ended up in a Motown movie yet didn't even star in her "own" role in Purple Rain...?
The answer, allegedly, is Michael Jackson. The story goes that Vanity met Michael at a time when her relationship with Prince was waning and they had a relationship that was somehow kept secret.. And Vanity may have even left Prince for Michael.
It is rumored that Vanity was originally going to be the girl in the "Thriller" video and, there's more... It is whispered that Michael's song "The way you make me feel" was written for Vanity, as were maybe others.
And Michael was, of course, signed to Motown and was apparently instrumental in getting Vanity signed there.
Vanity was, at the time, closely involved with prince who, under the moniker 'The Starr co.' had produced her debut album (Vanity 6, 1982). She was to play the lead opposite him in Purple Rain, when she was offered her solo deal with Motown, who also wanted to launch her as a movie star. She gave up on being Prince's protogee to release her debut album 'Wild animal' (1984) on Motown and begin filming 'The Last Dragon'.