In this movie here, the director John Schultz, he demanded that we stick to the dialogue so that it could carry the story because it wasnt a slapstick movie. It was about our relationships. You know what I mean? It was about me and Ralphs relationship, Ralph and Alices relationship, me and Trixies relationship. So in those type of movies, you cant ad-lib a lot because youve got to stick to a story.
The story was about Ralph having this big dream of being an entrepreneur, so there were certain scenes that we were able to ad-lib in and certain scenes [you] cant say nothing that you would like to say. He would print four of what was on the paper and then say, Okay, you can do one of yours, but I knew it was never going to make it. Its on the gag reel. If you want to see what I really wanted to say, look on the bonus footage.
They didnt let me ad-lib. [Im] not on the defensive though. It kind of hurt me when I wasnt able to do that because thats what Im used to doing, but what it did for me was it kept me in a frame and it gave me another dimension of comedy. I learned something from it. I learned that you dont have to be all over the place, that you can be subtle and you can say what you say. The words that you put together can be just as hilarious as falling all over the place or doing something physical.
Mike Epps on His Relationship with Cedric the Entertainer: I used to see Cedric, we come from the same comedy group, from Def Comedy Jam and Comic View and stuff like that. I used to see him just out and about but were both from the Midwest. Hes from Missouri and Im from Indiana, so we both kind of like have the same kind of outlook on characters and everyday living a little bit. Hes just cool, man. Cedric, man, its like if Im working with you, like Im sitting here now talking to you, I want to get along with you. Thats how I am. I feel like if I get along with you, the work will be splendid.
Mike Epps on The Honeymooners TV Series and the Original Ed Norton: Im not old enough to know The Honeymooners. I cant say that. I was born in 1971, so it was 25 years old by the time I was born. But I can vaguely remember my grandmother playing it in the house. You know, how youre running in the house, you see black and white television showsI didnt know if it was I Love Lucy or Andy Griffith; I knew it was one of those black and white sitcoms, you know what I mean? So when they told me that I was looked at for the role, I went and bought some lost episodes, 100 episodes. I just started skimming through it and watching it.
In no kind of way was I trying to imitate him. I didnt want to do an impression of Ed. I wanted to do my version of it. But at the same time give him some of Nortons little antics, to pay homage to him. I think it would have been total disrespect for me to do an imitation of him. So I just made sure I [said things like] Hey Ralphie Boy!, make smart little comments like him, tried to have a little of that timing, you know?
Mike Epps on Working with Regina Hall: Regina was so cool. I worked with Regina previously in another movie, Malibus Most Wanted. She was in that movie and I did a cameo in it. Regina is real funny. Shes from Washington DC. I know people from Washington DC, and shes got that kind of humor. That kind of east coast, cute little shes not going to do too much, shes going to play her part.
The girls were hilarious. The girls put the spice on it. They were funny and confident, and Im glad they got along. That always helps a movie, when the people are really getting along. If they dont get along, man, youll see that right through the film. Therell be something about it. She was funny.