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The Diva's interview with

Cedric the Entertainer
One of the Stars of
The Honeymooners (2005)

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Copyright Kamal Larsuel , 2005


honeymooners

3BC:
You tired yet?

Cedric:
No, itís better than working for a living. It could all be worse. Itís all good. Thatís what The Honeymooners is all about. You have real people with real jobs and real small apartments. Real, meager lifestyles. Looking for the better dream. Thatís really what this movie is about. Itís still somewhat relevant today.

3BC:
The director said that you were the only person who could play somebody so gruff and mean and get laughs because basically youíre a very nice person.

Cedric:
Itís a honor that that the studio thought I could play Ralph. I looked at that as an honor. J.B. was such an ironic character. I figured Iíd go for it.

3BC:
If not Ralph Kramden?

Cedric:
This movie eventually came after mom wanted me to star in the remake of Back to School. Thatís on the back burner now because of Sony. I donít know who else right away. It was a big challenge. It was cool.

3BC:
Why do a remake of this?

Cedric:
It was such a great piece of TV nostalgia. It was very popular for many many years. To put that modern spin on it, I thought that was interesting. The fact that the studio went with an African American cast. Everybodyís got a little bit of Ralph Kramden in them. Were all dreaming of whatís going to make us rich. We all think that this one thing might blow it up for me. And Par wanted me for the lead so I said Iím just gona take that on. Iíve definitely dreamed up a few schemes in my day. I had a t-shirt company going. I tried to sell $ 3 sunglasses. Definitely. Iím always trying to invent stuff, get me a little racing team. Itís a fun world to get in then and raise the money.

3BC:
Was that a time you really treasured (when you danced at clubs)?

Cedric:
Definitely If you were consistently one of the good dancers, youíd get in free. I remember I always had moves. I became a host, an emcee in St. Louis at the infamous wiz nightclubs. It stayed open till 5 in the morning. A lot of celebrities would come through there. It was on the East side of St. Louis, right across the bridge. You had it all in there. They had a Friday night talent show. I started there. A lot of murder and intrigue.

3BC:
I would pay to see you as a dancer.

Cedric:
Oh yeah! I own some property there. My manager still resides there. Iím actually going to do a premiere there. (in St. Louis)

3BC:
Tell me about your Charity Foundation?

Cedric:
My entourage programÖ I take 16-20 kids to an enrichment trip, educate them. Iím actually going to do the next program here. We go national. We go to different places around the country. I definitely think it really helps. It makes a difference. It breaks them out of their regular neighborhood and their regular circle. It inspires them to motivate them so they can do other things.

3BC:
Did you ever see yourself as a comedian?

Cedric:
I was born to be an entertainer. I thought I was a singer. I would sing in talent shows, weíd doo-wop, whatever. I never looked at comedy as a true job. I went to college, graduated. Its funny: my friends convinced me to do this comedy competition. I won $ 500. Then I though, Iíve been singing 6 years and I havenít made $ 500 once.

3BC:
What was the funniest story on set?

Cedric:
It was crazy on set. The funniest was the day Mike came to the set with squash in his pants. He had a tool belt on and the squash in his pants and he was talking about how he got some other tools.

3BC:
You filmed in Ireland?

Cedric:
That was totally different. We had a good time over there. The thing about the magic of movie making you can never tell. Even in the opening scene when I drive the bus, Iím in Ireland. We had a good time over there. I drove the bus. It was scary. Itís got this air braking system. You gota make sure the air is all the way up. The air wasnít quite al the way up and I was like, you better stop this thing. It was an old school bus. They shipped it over on a boat.

3BC:
What are you working on now?

Cedric:
Iím starting The Cleaner in late July, early August. Itís with New Line. Itís with Lucy Liu and at the time, Liz Hurley is scheduled to b in it. Itís a fun, Comedic version of The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity. I think Iím a government cleaner guy but Iím really a janitor. Lucy Liu plays a government agent. Sheís doing all the ass kicking but when I look around Iím like we bad! But Iím a janitor. Its fun. We had a good time with it.

3BC:
You still doing stand up?

Cedric:
Yeah, 13 cities. Probably next year, mid summer- late summer. I love it. I love getting that immediate reaction and instant gratification from the audience. And itís your own commentary. Its what I feel like saying right now. It has nothing to do with what the studio wants.


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