The son of R&B singer Faith Evans and the now deceased Notorious B.I.G. (one of the most revered rappers in music history), will soon be seen in the drama/comedy, “Everything Must Go,” (Roadside Attractions) starring Will Ferrell.
The film is about a career salesman whose days of being on top are long gone. One day he not only loses his wife, due to his alcoholism, but also his prestigious job.
When he returns home after being dismissed from his job, he finds the locks have been changed to his house and all of his belongings on his front lawn.
Wallace Jr., who played his father as a child in the box office hit “Notorious,” plays a neighborhood kid who befriends Ferrell’s character, Nick Halsey, who decides to live on his front lawn and drink himself into a stupor until he can figure out his next move, which includes selling most of his possessions in a yard sale. The movie, set for release today, May 13, is based on a short story by Raymond Carver.
I recently caught up with the young Wallace, Will Ferrell and the writer/director, Dan Rush at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to discuss the movie.
DD: CJ, why did you want to do this movie?
CJ: This is an adult movie, but I can relate to the story. With his [Will Ferrell's] character, I felt I was a family member, a distant black family member that would give him guidance. When we had scenes together, everything just seem to work.
DD: Dan, why was CJ the right fit for this movie?
DR: We did a nationwide search. I’ve worked with a lot of kids on commercials. We found a couple of kids. Someone from our staff was watching “Notorious,” one night. We narrowed it down to three kids. One of them got sick.
CJ: I didn’t know that. Oh, cool. (laughter)
DR: CJ was so natural.
DD: Dan, CJ seems to have a handle on the movie.
DR: CJ’s character is the most mature person in the movie.
DD: Mr. Ferrell, there was a lot of chemistry between you and CJ. Did the two of you get together prior the filming?
WF: No, that’s a credit to how good CJ is. We didn’t have time together prior to filming.
DR: It’s what we saw in the auditioning. CJ was grounded. We had to make sure we had someone who could start at 10 because we didn’t have a lot of time.
DD: CJ what’s next for you?
CJ: I’m reading for other possible movies. I’m trying to get my grades up and make the baseball team. By the way, I don’t like decimals.
DD: What do you like about acting?
CJ: I like getting a chance to work with great men on a whole other level. Men like Will Ferrell.
DD: What don’t you like about acting?
CJ: There aren’t a lot of things I don’t like.
DD: Do you have any aspirations to follow in your mom (Faith Evans) and your father’s musical footsteps?
CJ: I just joke around with my brother. Nothing serious. I’m not looking to be a rapper.
“Everything Must Go” stars Will Ferrell Rebecca Hall, Michael Pena, Christopher CJ Wallace and Laura Dern.
Running time: 96 minutes; Rating: R for language and some sexual content.