Interview: Terry Crews talks "Lottery Ticket," Kanye West and Sting
Wed, 18 Aug 2010 09:04:51
In Lottery Ticket, Terry Crews gives one his most hilarious performances yet as Jimmy the Driver.
From dancing shirtless in the mall to babysitting "Day Day's kids" to kinda-sorta throwing down, Crews nails every moment with perfect comedic timing and methodical execution. He makes Jimmy feel real but he also makes for some pricelessly funny antics that you have to see to believe. Jimmy the Driver causes big laughs as he watches over Bow Wow's Kevin Carson post winning the lotto.
Terry Crews sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about Lottery Ticket, what he'd listen to if he hit the jackpot, why Jimmy the Driver is real and what he's currently cranking on his iPod.
Watch the interview below! The film hits theaters Friday August 20, don't miss it!
Do you feel like this movie is more about realizing who your friends are than winning lottery?
Totally! Everybody knows when you get money, celebrity or whatever, it's really about who to kick out of your circle [Laughs]. Money reveals who you are. It doesn't change people. The real you just comes on out. You start to notice that people need to go.
Jimmy the Driver has such a cool part. How do you always end up dancing shirtless?
[Laughs] That's the thing! When I look at Jimmy, he really exists in the hood. It's all about bluster, and he's got to put this persona on, but he's really insecure. He's an insecure dude who, if you pay him, he'll be that guy for you. He's a bit of a fake. It was a pleasure though. We based him on real people we know. I was talking to Erik White, and I was like, "I know that guy. He's bad and he's supposed to be big, but he's weak inside."
The scene in restaurant where Jimmy has the waiter serving him is hilarious.
Now, he's caught up! He's been getting beaten down by Sweet Tea all day and told what to do. At that point, he can tell someone else what to do. It's one of those things that really comes back to haunt you in many ways.
What's the first song you would listen to if you won the lottery?
Oh man, "Power" by Kanye West [Laughs]. That's my song! I'd be like, "I got it!" That'd be my jam.
What else are you listening to right now?
I'm still on Janelle Monae and Rick Ross. I got this album that's all of Sting's greats but with a symphony. He's singing "Roxanne" with an orchestra. That Sting album is amazing.
Does Lottery Ticket remind you of any songs?
First of all, it reminds me of Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day!" Everything went right for him that day. It was basically like he hit the lottery. That's one of my favorite Cube songs of all time because you can almost play it in the car without beeping out something for the kids [Laughs]. You can almost get through the whole song without reaching for the volume button.
Do you feel like you're getting to flex multiple sides of your personality with these roles?
Totally! One of my biggest heroes is Christopher Walken. He can be a geisha in Balls of Fury and turn right around and do Man On Fire. Nobody thinks that's out of the ordinary either! He was also a professional dancer. He danced with Debbie Allen when he was younger, and nobody thinks there's anything strange about that. That's the kind of guy I want to be where I can go from a great movie like Lottery Ticket to an action movie like The Expendables to an indie movie like Middle Men and not have a problem. Everybody thinks, "Yeah, that's Terry."
The serious side of Lottery Ticket is natural too.
Exactly! The movies wraps all of these scenarios together and allows hilarity to ensue. It was really a good message. The truth is most lottery ticket winners end up as tremendous tragedies. That's just the way it is. There's a lot of responsibility that comes with that stuff and you have to know how to handle it.
Will you be seeing Lottery Ticket on August 20?
For more Terry Crews read our exclusive Expendables interview with him here.