3/28/2012, 8:44 a.m.
How much fun was it making this movie?
It was a lot of fun and a lot of work. We had to hit the notes and hit the points, but we did plenty of ad-libbing in the midst of it, once we had the script down. There was also a lot of crazy, high-speed stuff that I wasn’t used to, but that was fun, too. It was like riding a roller coaster.
What’s the difference between doing standup comedy and acting in movies? How does each challenge you as an entertainer and how does each play to your strengths?
I believe they parallel each other as far as the strengths. The difference is that when I’m onstage doing standup, no one yells, “Cut!” or tells me what to do. I’m DeRay, and I use my own words.
With acting, you’re portraying a character with someone else’s words. Still, you definitely want to inject a little of yourself into every role, the way that Samuel L. Jackson does. Following the script is one thing, but the unique way in which you deliver your lines is what makes them your own.
Are you currently writing any projects that you hope to bring to the screen?
Yeah, we’ve actually been working on three or four for a few years. It takes a while for a movie to get on its feet. That’s when believing in yourself really matters, when people start giving you money to fund a project. But I definitely have a lot of ideas and original thoughts I’d like to see up on the big screen.
Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?
Yeah, “How are you doing?” [Chuckles]
Is there something about you that no interview ever addresses.
I’d like the world to know that I would do what I do for no money. If I could trade my comedy for food, I’d walk into a grocery store and give them 15 minutes for $100 worth of groceries.
My passion is beyond the financial. I don’t think people are aware of that about me. I’m not a flashy guy, and I want people to know that whatever they do is just as important as my craft.
Are you ever afraid?
Yep, I’m terrified of failure.
Are you happy?
Half the time. When I’m with my daughter, I’m elated. That’s what makes my work pay off, knowing that she’s here, and she’s healthy, and that regardless of how I’m received by anybody else, I’m funny to her.
What is your favorite dish to cook?
Hmm… I love soup, and my homemade chicken noodle soup is my favorite.
What excites you?
This is going to sound weird, but I’m excited by quiet. When it’s quiet, I get a rush because I start wondering what’s about to happen, like in a horror film.
Have you ever made a horror film?
Yes, “The Fog,” and I apologize for it. [Laughs]
Were you the first to die? In most horror flicks, the black guy dies first.