"Dolemite Is My Name" (available now on Netflix) stars Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore, a comic-musician-entertainer who gained stardom in the mid-1970s when he brought a character he'd been crafting on the night club circuit for years, Dolemite, to the big screen.
Moore's Dolemite alter ego is brash, knows kung-fu (debatable), and has one of the foulest mouths in movie history.
Though the movie, "Dolemite," may be one of the worst-produced feature films ever made, Moore's performance made it a classic from the blaxploitation era. And Moore's profanity-laced insults and rhyming speech in the middle of the movie, called "Signifying Monkey," has gone on to gain popularity with stand-ups, rappers, and other entertainers.
"Dolemite Is My Name" delves into Moore's underdog story and spotlights the lengths he had to go to get his character on the big screen. That included living in a dilapidated hotel that doubled as a shooting location, and spending every dollar he had to make it (made for $100,000, it went on to earn $12 million).
And Brewer insisted that most of the events in "Dolemite Is My Name" really happened.
"The reality is we didn't have enough room in the movie to put it all in," Brewer told Business Insider.
During our interview, Brewer gave us two examples of things that really happened on the set of "Dolemite" that he couldn't fit into his movie:
The “Waterman” who lived at Dunbar Hotel
In "Dolemite Is My Name," we watch as Rudy Ray Moore (played by Eddie Murphy) takes the closed-up Dunbar Hotel in Los Angeles and uses it as the nerve center for "Dolemite." It's a production office, wardrobe space, string of sets, and place for Moore to live. And to power the building, he stole the electricity from the building next door.
But Brewer said Moore wasn't the only one living at the Dunbar.
"There was one story about this guy, this Mexican guy, that he let live for free there," Brewer said. "He was known as The Waterman. His job was when they were filming he was bringing water to the cast and crew. But there was no running water at the hotel, so he had to go somewhere, get water, bring it back, put it in cups and give it to the cast and crew. Because of that he got to stay in one of the rooms for free."