Indiana native Mike Epps is one of the funniest entertainers around.
Dividing his time between stand-up and film, the scene-stealing
comedian has dominated the screen in everything from Next Friday
to Friday After Next to The Honeymooners to All About the Benjamins. And Mike has made just as many memorable appearances
in support roles in such flicks as Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins,
Soul Men, Hancock, Roll Bounce, Something New, Talk to Me,
Malibu's Most Wanted and Resident Evil 1
he talks about his new movie, Next Day Air, an ensemble comedy
co-starring Donald Faison, Mos Def, Lauren London, Wood Harris
and Debbie Allen.
ME: Well, it was an edgy script which was much, much
different from what people normally see me doing. So, I had to
sink my teeth into that. You know what I mean? I had to, because
I felt like I had been boxed in, anyway. You feel me?
KW: Yeah, you felt like you were getting typecast. What film
does Next Day Air remind you of?
ME: Pulp Fiction. It's a dramedy, so people get to laugh and
they get to see action. It's a very entertaining, fun-filled
KW: How was it working with such a talented cast?
ME: It was great working with a set of real actors, man. Of
course, I respect all of them’ Mos Def, Wood Harris, and the
KW: You also had Donald Faison, Debbie Allen, Lauren London and
ME: Yeah, it was a nice gumbo, a nice mix.
KW: What did you think of Benny Boom as a director?
ME: I think Benny Boom is going to be in this business a
long time. He was really, really great at bringing all the
different cast members together and then shooting the movie that
KW: What would you say is the message of the movie?
ME: The message is, ’don't never try to rob Peter to pay
KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish
ME: Yeah, I want you to ask me, ’How does it feel to be a
black man coming from the ghetto, with no education, no support,
making it all the way to Hollywood, and you're still in the
ghetto in your mind?’
KW: Okay, so tell me how does it feel to be a black man from the
ghetto with no education or support who has made it in
yet is still in the ghetto, mentally?
ME: It is very, very hard to make the adjustment. I've got
so many attachments from my past that I damn near can't enjoy
all the great things that are going on in my life because of all
of that stuff. It seems like the same thing that got me here is
the same thing that worries the [expletive] out of it. It's
very, very weird man.
ME: Yes I am, I do have fears. One of my biggest fears is
killing somebody out hear for [expletive]-ing with me. I mean
literally, for real, because there's a thin line when you're a
comedian and you want people to take you seriously. I get a lot
of people trying to take advantage of me because of my kindness.
So, I'm either real nice to you, or I want to cut your head off.
There's no in between with me. I've got to find a happy medium,
but I haven't found it yet.
KW: The bookworm
question: What was the last book you read? Last time, you said,
The 48 Laws of Power.
ME: The Secret.
KW: The Rudy Lewis question: Who's at the top of your hero list?
KW: What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?
ME: The biggest obstacle I've had to overcome is loving
myself 100%. And that's still a battle. I love myself, but
sometimes you can be your own worst enemy. And I think I've been
my worst enemy in life, because others haven't been able to do
anything to me unless I allowed them to do it.
ME: I'm listening to John Legend, of course, Young Jeezy,
Estelle and Gucci Mane.
KW: The Teri Emerson question: When was the last time you had a
good belly laugh?
ME: It's been a while. I laughed hard when those Somali
pirates hijacked that ship in the Gulf of
Aden. I think they thought it was the Tom Joyner
Cruise, and got mad when they got on board and there wasn't no
music or dancing. [Laughs]
KW: The Laz Alonso question: Is there anything your fans can do
to help you?
ME: By being [expletive]-ing considerate!
KW: The ’Realtor to the Stars' Jimmy Bayan question: Where in
do you live?
ME: I Ain't gonna say that.
KW: How do you want to be remembered?
ME: The same way as I answered you last time. I want to be
remembered as a funny, loving guy.
KW: Thanks again, and best of luck with the movie, Mike.
ME: I appreciate it too, man. Thanks for interviewing me