Mike Epps returns to headlines after throwing a few jabs at comedian Chris Rock according to theJasmineBrand.
During a promo stop for his 42-city “After Dark” tour on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,”Epps sent social media in a “#WTF” moment after his commentary about Rock’s stardom. He also opened up about his upcoming role as the late Richard Pryor and Oprah Winfrey playing Pryor’s grandmother in the film
Check out excerpts from his interview below:
On Twitter wars:
No more Twitter wars. I’ve been in a lot of Twitter wars. It’s just all fun man. I’m not on Twitter no more. I used to just be on Twitter. Now I’m working all the time. I don’t have time. When you see me having a Twitter war, that means I wasn’t working that much.
On projects outside of his tour:
I’ve been preparing right now to play the great Richard Pryor with Lee Daniels [film producer and director]. I’m growing my hair out… I think I was born to play the brother. Our lives are so parallel in so many ways.
On getting the role of Richard Pryor:
You know what, I think that’s why I got it ’cause, you know, been there myself. I think when you are a real artist, I think that you have, you know, most great artists had some kind of problem at some point in their life. I fight demons all the time. I just think that alcohol and drug addiction is hereditary sometimes, some of us we just can’t fight it, but I’ve been doing really, really good with myself.
On working with Oprah Winfrey who plays Pryor’s grandmother in the film:
When I was around her and she said, ‘You have a good day, Mike’ and…she patted me on the back of the back but it was a tough pat it was like – BOW! ‘You have a good day Mike’.
On Sheryl Underwood starring in the Richard Pryor movie:
They gon’ wait for the Wesley Snipes story to do Sheryl Underwood. I hope you ain’t hearing this Cheryl.
His thoughts on Fox’s “Empire”:
Aww man that show’s incredible. Oh yeah, I like it. I can’t believe it’s on regular TV. But hey man they let them do it so why can’t we do it.
On Chris Rock’s movie “Top Five”:
I don’t know how they call it “Top Five” and it wasn’t one good comedian in there. I don’t know why they keep giving Chris Rock movie opportunities. He’s not a movie star. He’s a good stand up and a good meerkat. These white people, they’re blind. They keep giving the wrong black guy opportunities.
Epps’ interview also included the significance of playing Pryor and his impact on comedy.
Checkout Part One of the interview below: