*Comedian, film producer, writer and rapper Mike Epps is back on the big screen.
Epps spoke with EURweb’s Lee Bailey, about his new dramatic role.
EURweb’s Lee Bailey, sat down with the thespian to talk about the film and Whitaker’s firsthand experience with the mentally ill.
Lee Bailey: Is your character crazy?
Forest Whitaker: “I don’t think he is crazy. Think he is struggling with his own pain and issue. He has been trying to keep his life together. He lost his mom and he doesn’t understand why and as a result he’s taking medication; that doesn’t make you crazy.”
FW: “The movie is a lot about dealing with your past pains and having to deal with past issues and address them and look at them to see about moving forward and this character has all those things. He’s a very complicated character in a lot of ways with mental challenges. To play all these things while seeking the truth was an interesting ground to walk.”
LB: How did you prepare for this role? What was it like playing this kind of character?
FW: “I did research. One of the first jobs I had in college was at a half way house for the mentally disturbed. Personally and internally it wasn’t fun to play this kind of role. The experience with the cast was fun.”
In the film, a successful author and spiritual advisor (Anthony Mackie) takes on a troubled man (Whitaker) as a client, completely unaware that the man’s fixation on his mother’s death will soon put his life in jeopardy.
“Repentance” is the first major film production of CodeBlack Films since its merger with Lions Gate Entertainment.
Watch the multi-award winner talk about his new role here.
*Forest Whitaker follows up his appearance in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” with the psychological thriller “Repentance.”
The actor stars as a single father coping with the recent mysterious death of his mother. Suspecting that a well-known psychiatrist (Anthony Mackie) might have been involved in her death, he kidnaps the man and his family — relentlessly torturing them in hopes of uncovering the truth.
Mike Epps also stars.
*Comedian Mike Epps has been cast in the upcoming drama “Stealing Cars.”
Based on the true story, the story follows a confident but rebellious teenager (Emory Cohen) involved in a tragic car accident who finds brutality, then forgiveness and hope, in an unjust juvenile penal system.
The project spent 14 years in development before the current iteration came together with Cohen and Epps joining William H. Macy, his wife Felicity Huffman, John Leguizamo and Paul Sparks leading the ensemble.
Heather Lind, Al Calderon, Leopold Manswell, Jeff Lima, Grace Van Patten, Deema Aitken, Chance Kelly, David Holmes, Craig “muMs” Grant, Chris Caldovino, Volney Steffire, Chris Cenatiempo and Black Thought of The Roots also star.
Bradley Kaplan will direct.
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Nov. 18: Actor Mike Epps is 43. Rapper Fabolous is 36. Rapper Mike Jones is 33.
Nov. 18, 1980: Wally “Famous” Amos’s signature Panama hat and embroidered shirt are donated to the National Museum of American History’s Business Americana collection.
But in an interview with the Power 105.1 “Breakfast Club” he straight up said Marlon Wayans wasn’t good enough to play iconic comedian, Richard Pryor. He said casting shut the comedic actor down.
“He really needed to be shut down, he ain’t nowhere near a real [inaudible] to play something like that.” But then, Epps had the host bursting out laughing when he added, “You got to have real snortin’ coke experience to do stuff like that.”
As we already know, Epps is playing Richard Pryor in a supporting role in director Cynthia Mort’s Nina Simone project, Nina, which stars Zoe Saldana as Simone and David Oyelowo as her Paris-based manager Clifton Henderson.
For more 411 on the interview, check this clip out!