Video:Bow Wow and the Lottery Ticket Cast Interviewswith Rebecca Murray
Bow Wow stars as the winner of a $370 million lottery in the comedy 'Lottery Ticket' from Warner Bros Pictures. At the film's premiere, Bow Wow joined his co-stars - including Jason Weaver, Leslie Jones, and Gbenga Akinnagbe - to chat up the film.See Transcript
Transcript:Bow Wow and the Lottery Ticket Cast InterviewsRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at the World Premiere of Warner Bros Pictures' Lottery Ticket.
Bow Wow - 'Kevin' in Lottery TicketI've got to know what life was like on the set because you're surrounded by so many funny people.
Bow Wow: "Life on the set was fun. It was a lot of fun, just being around Cube and being around Mike [Epps] and Charlie Murphy and Miss Loretta Devine. I just had a lot of fun, and I was just glad to be a part of it, you know? Just working with Erik White the director and Cube Vision, it was a lot of fun and I was just happy to be a part of the whole process."
You're the star of it. Is there a little extra weight on your shoulders having to carry that load?
Bow Wow: "No. I didn't even feel the load. I just had fun. I didn't get into filmmaking for money or for numbers, I got into it because it was something I just loved to do. I love the craft. I respect the craft of acting and it's something I want to do for the rest of my live, so my job has been done. I acted, I did what I felt was necessary so now it's time for us to show up and hopefully we'll have a hit movie on our hands - I hope."
Gbenga Akkinagbe - 'Lorenzo' in Lottery TicketI can't believe you're walking the carpet with that. You're actually going to suffer the whole carpet?
Gbenga Akkinagbe: "It doesn't hurt that bad. It aches every once and a while."
You had surgery?
Gbenga Akkinagbe: "Yeah I did to correct flat feet. I had very flat feet and it was causing me pain. So they cut off my heel and moved it over a few millimeters, and then took a cadaver bone and soaked it in marrow from my hip and then put it in my foot. And all that created a slight arch, so now I have an arch in my foot and it'll be better than it's ever been before."
Yeah, but the timing sucks.
Gbenga Akkinagbe: "It does but I've been fortunate. I'm still here at the premiere of my movie. I'm going to start again on The Good Wife, and I've been writing again on my downtime, so I can't complain. I'm fortunate that I can have this done."
So how much fun was it being on the set?
Gbenga Akkinagbe: "This was great. This was a lot of fun. This is my first comedy in features, and I had a really fun director, really fun cast. I just let loose."
We don't know you for being funny.
Gbenga Akkinagbe: "I know. I did a series - Barbershop the series - in '05, but that was the last time I was funny on TV. So here I am again."
Is it kind of refreshing to be able to just have fun on the set and be funny?
Gbenga Akkinagbe: "Yes. I love my dramatic world but it's good to just go out there and do things that will make people laugh."
This movie is about a guy who wins the lottery. If you won $370 million, what would you do with it?
Gbenga Akkinagbe: "I would start a number of green businesses and I would try to figure out - with my money try and figure out how to get money out of politics."
Leslie Jones - 'Tasha' in Lottery TicketLeslie Jones: "I play Tasha, one of the stoop crew. I forgot what Jason [Weaver's] name was in the stoop crew. That's a shame. But it's hilarious. We're like the people in there that talk about people, give the funny lines and stuff. I think we were the best part of the movie."
Did Erik let you totally go off the script?
Leslie Jones: "Erik let us have so much fun because that was the purpose of the stoop crew was to bring fun to the movie, to bring excitement, bring some realness, just bring all together craziness. That's what we did. We had so much fun."
Jason Weaver - 'Ray-Ray' in Lottery TicketJason Weaver: "I mean it's great to be on the set, to be able to work with Leslie Jones who you just interviewed, to work with Naturi [Naughton], to work with Bow Wow, Mike Epps. I mean you've got to stay on your toes but we had a really good time. We shot in Atlanta which is where I live so it was cool."
I worry when there's that many people in a film that we don't get to see much of you guys. But we do get to see you?
Jason Weaver: "Yeah, absolutely. We're actually kind of a major part of it. We're the stoop crew so we're like the guys who kind of serve as protection for Bow Wow as he's going the projects trying to hold it down so he doesn't get robbed. So we do that for him, so we have some really funny moments in the film."
And Erik said that he let you guys just go. You didn't have to go by the script. What was that like?
Jason Weaver: "That was great because a lot of directors at different times they want to keep you in a certain space. But I think he found out, you know, in casting when he put us all together that we had great chemistry already. So he trusted in us a lot and I think it really paid off because I think we did a fabulous job. I know we're kind of tooting our own horn, but I think we really did our thing."
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