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EURweb spoke with Ealy about this role, why he decided to take it, the “Think Like a Man Sequel” and more…
On what the film is about:
I think the film is about hope, redemption and second chances. And there’s a big part of the film that’s about my character’s daily passion, which is to try and influence the children in his neighborhood in the most positive way possible and let them know that they are supported despite not having both of their parents or, one of their parents. You know, it’s important to him it’s a passion of his.
On why he chose to do this role:
I literally read the script and it wasn’t until I got to the end that I knew that Papa Joe Bradford was a real man. And that, I found extraordinarily intriguing and admirable, and wanted to meet him immediately. And so I signed on to do the movie and within a day of being in Nashville I was able to sit down with him and just kick back. Really, I mean it was weird, you know we just started talkin’ and we clicked and I think I made a friend for life. I really did cause he is, he’s an extraordinary man … extraordinary.
On the best compliment he got from playing the role:
The best compliment I received was from his actual wife, Denise – and that is, I mean the woman that inspired him to do the things that he did and she tells you ‘you nailed it, I saw Joe, a couple times I saw Joe.’
On if he wants to move past the ‘sex symbol’ image:
The sex symbol thing to me … Ok here’s what happened, I think people fell in love with ‘Dominic’ you know? I genuinely feel like people fell in love with Dominic, like 10 years ago people fell in love with Ricky (from “Barbershop”). And that’s just, that’s ok – you know, that’s not all of me up there… I will do whatever speaks to me and if there’s a role that you know, requires me to be romantic – if I really want to do it I’m gonna do it.
On if he’ll reprise his role as Dominic in Think Like A Man:
Yes, it is real and yes I will sign on to be Dominic.
On if he was surprised by the success of “Think Like A Man”:
Yes, yes. You know you get surprised … at this point in my career I’ve done enough movies to not take anything for granted. And I’ve been in movies with big stars, I’ve been in movies with you know ensemble casts and you just, you never know what’s gonna really take off, you just don’t.
Watch Michael Ealy like you’ve never seen him before when Unconditional hits theaters tomorrow, September 21.