Aunni's Exclusive Interview
with Steve Harvey & Michael Ealy
Think Like A Man
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In Theaters April 20th 2012
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Everybody and their mama will find solutions to their
drama in this 1st etching of Steve Harvey’s Think Like A Man movie. It’s
silly, it’s hilarious, it’s funny – and all you have to do is watch and listen
to learn a bit more about the truth; according to Harvey’s book that is. Claiming
to reveal the mindset of men and to empower women based upon the best-selling
book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man:
What Men Really Think about Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment, Harvey
and Rainforest Films have brought the drama of four couples, desperately
seeking love - whether they know it or not - to the silver screen. Headlining
this ensemble comedy drama is Washington, DC’s own Golden Globe nominee &
NAACP Image Award nominee, Michael Ealy.
Playing the role of Dominic, Ealy, who also earned the
Best Supporting Actor Award from the African-American Film Critics Association,
passionately finds his life’s execution as a chef through the inspiration of
love for Lauren (Taraji P. Henson), another Washington, DC native, and Academy
Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress.
Even though time is money, it will not be wasted as you’ll
spend most of your time laughing at characters who remind you of yourself and
somebody else (you wish you didn’t know); Think
Like a Man was directed by Tim Story and screenplay written by Keith
Merryman & David A. Newman. All the
while you’ll be viewing a lighthearted and funny educational empowerment moment
provided by none other than executive producer Harvey. This movie is one Black
comedy you won’t want to miss.
Other characters embroiled in this multiplicity of love
battles are played by none other than the following outstanding actors: Alex (Jerry
Ferrara) who won’t commit to Kristen (Gabrielle Union); Zeke (Romany Malco) who
wants to hit it and quit it with Mya (Meagan Good); and Michael (Terrence J.)
who won’t stop being a mama’s boy while dating Candace (Regina Hall). If these drama-filled pairs don’t keep you
laughing, Cedric (Kevin Hart) will, who brings comedic relief as he talks constantly
about obscene moments or about his divorcee’ Gail (Wendy Williams).
Comically interconnected and diversely opinionated, these
desperate couples are haphazardly ignited as the men band together in efforts to
trick the women into believing they are the fulfillment of the book’s objectives. Bringing more cozy commotion and comical fuss, are supporting actors Jenifer
Lewis, Gary Owen, La La Anthony, Morris Chestnut, and Chris Brown, as they
agitate this men vs. women game to a predictable win-win for both teams.
Curiously funny, all four couples suffer from indignation
to ego to smitten to love-bitten as they struggle to be free from their filthy
habits and inhibitions about relationships. Making plain the concepts we swear
we already know, Harvey, is shown in television talk show featurettes, as the
drama of 8 people and many others swells up to a mini-revolution and triumph.
Delightful surprises continue throughout the flick featuring Sherri Shepherd,
J. Anthony Brown, Omar Leyva, Tony Rock, Bruce Bruce, Luenell, Jamie Foster
Brown and a generous host of others giving decent cameo performances. And last
but not least, the camera keeps rolling as professional athletes such as Ron
Artest, Lisa Leslie, Darren Collison, Rashad Butler, Shannon Brown, and Matt
Brown show the leading men how really play ball and win.
It’s love, love, and more love in the air! Everyone loves
African-American comedy, and Harvey has said a sequel is sure to come.
Exclusive Interview with Steve Harvey & Michael Ealy
Aunni: Michael, do you think women should ‘think like a man’?
Ealy: I don’t think it’s about ‘thinking like a man.’ I don’t
think women need to change. When you hear ‘think like a man,’ it sounds like we’re
saying ‘stop being a woman.’ But why would I say that, I love women, I want you
to be you, I want you to be a woman. What
I think we do in the film is give insight as Steve did in his book into how men
think and how certain decisions are made. I don’t think a woman can think like a man, because
she’s not a man.
Aunni: Steve, you
said men cut deals, and women should learn how to cut a deal. Is this really
Harvey: The title of the book is Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.
I can’t tell you how to be a lady, but ‘think like a man’ in terms of
knowing how a man is coming at you, and then act accordingly. That’s really the
secret here. If you always act like a lady, you always have the edge. What I
give you is the tools to think like a man so that you can make some
Aunni: I love your work (Harvey), but I thought the end of your movie
was too predictable. I didn’t consider the end of your movie very real, because
everybody was happy. Did you?
Harvey: There are 4 happy couples in the world (in the movie).
There are happy people out there. There
is a way to get it (happiness). I thought it was very real in that some conclusions
were made on both sides: both of the people wanted the same thing.
Aunni: What made you choose Dominic (Ealy) to be the
main male character of the movie. Does he represent the corrected person in you?
Harvey: He (Dominic)
represents a lot of men who are dreamers, who sometimes doctored the resume a
bit to get the original girl, we’ve all had it. He’s (Ealy) the perfect guy for
Aunni: How do you expect all women to relate to this movie? What
is this movie really about?
Harvey: As together as
you (women) are, you can relate to one of those women on that screen at one point
in time in your life. Every woman is
Meagan Good. Every woman meets the
Romany Malco who just wants to hit it and move on. Every woman tries to
determine if her goods are going to be passed out now or if she’s going to make
him work for it a little bit. And every guy has to have that moment that Romany
Malco has, when he walked away from the door and says that Good is crazy. To
lose her is what this movie is about. Every
single living man will eventually arrive at all the points of all of them (male
characters). Kevin Hart took his ass
back home. Michael Ealy gave this woman a second chance that played him for
Morris Chestnut. Romany Malco discovered
he really wanted to be loved and Meagan Good was the chick that was worth
giving up being a player for. Terrence J.
gave up being a Mama’s boy because there was a woman with this little boy who
made him feel more like a man than being a man with his Mama. Now who do you know that ain’t one of them? And
every woman has had a guy that’s non-committal. So everybody was in the movie,
Aunni: With that being said, are you (SH) trying to heal a
nation of women, what are you trying to do?
Harvey: I just tried to empower women. I wrote the book
intended for my daughters. This is a father (saying) what I would say to my
daughters. I wouldn’t tell my daughters half-truths, I wanted them to know the
whole truth. I don’t want my daughters half-hurt by some dude by not knowing. I
gave all that I could to empower my daughters. I had no idea, that 3 million
women later, would buy the book.
Aunni: Does the movie really fulfill the purpose of why you
wrote the book?
Harvey: Yes. The book had a very positive ending in all
cases. I try to share with women that they are far more powerful; to stop
giving away your power, that you (women) control the relationship. Here’s the
deal: a man can’t hold your hand unless you let him. We can’t get a kiss you
unless you open your mouth. We can’t lay you down to bed unless you pull back
the covers. See, you (women) control all
Aunni: You are really speaking to women that have been used
Harvey: No, I’m talking to women that are trying to get it
right. I’m talking to women who are in relationships. This is ain’t about used
and abused, this is just about understanding the mindset of men. See, men aren’t
bad guys. If you just understood the rules we play by, it would aid you
greatly. But you (women) keep thinking that
we’re doing it (relationships) by the same rules you are doing it by, and we’re
Aunni: If movie goers did not read your book, will that affect
their understanding of the movie?
Harvey: You need to get the book, so that you can see what
the deal is. I’m not saying that you need the book, but you will see the
translation from the book to the movie. The book was purely meant to empower.
Aunni: Michael, I have such respect for your work because
of your sincerity, your genuineness, the heart and the release of emotion you
are putting forth on screen. Do you see yourself winning an Oscar through the opportunity
that you may do work similar to what Denzel Washington has already been doing?
Ealy: I think if that’s what you feel about my work, we’ll
see what the future holds. I stopped working for awards years ago. That will
send you into a dark depression.
Aunni: Even in the movie Takers, you (Ealy) were so serious.
What drove your passion?
Ealy: The stakes were high (for character Jake Attica), I lost
everything, I made some bad decisions.
Aunni: I see your career track (Ealy) as an opportunity to
enlighten, similar to Denzel Washington’s path.
What is the depth of you? How far does this go?
Ealy: Time will tell. This was probably the 1
leading man role that I have taken on since I started 10 years ago. I feel like
this is just a first step. We’ll see how it goes. When Denzel was coming up, the
business itself was different, an antiquated model. We don’t have that business model anymore. They
aren’t just throwing money out there like that. I have to be Michael Ealy, and we
must see where that takes me. I’m going to be me. But I appreciate the connection, because I
have followed his (Washington’s) work religiously. I’m a huge fan. That’s a hot
compliment, I appreciate that.
Harvey: He’s (Ealy) the real deal.
Aunni: You (Harvey) appear to be a transformed man. I think that is so awesome! Who are you
Harvey: Thank you. 10 years ago this conversation would have been totally
different. I’m better now. I needed that transformation. I was hurting. I really have a scope of my life and what I
am. For me, (hosting TBN’s Praise the Lord) was like an anvil, a refrigerator
off my back. Every appearance they (TBN) ever asked me to do has been comedic, nobody
ever asked me about my soul. Donnie
McClurkin actually asked me some stuff that nobody has ever asked me before.
Aunni: Are you still hosting TBN's Praise the Lord?
Harvey: Every now and then. I had to stop because people were labeling me as a minister, and that's not a good label for me.
Aunni: Let me tell you what others quote you to be: “a multifaceted
comedic performer at the very top of his game ... with gravitas and relatability.”
Is that alright?
Harvey: Watch out now! Talk to me, I love it!
Aunni: Is this the last we’ll see from you on the silver
screen about Act Like a Lady, Think Like
Harvey: We are going to do a sequel.
Aunni: Will you work with Rainforest Films again?
Harvey: Nah, it’s just me and God, (laughing). I’m just
messing around, I would like to!
Aunni: Thanks Michael and Steve, I’m so glad to meet you
guys, it has been a pleasure.
Harvey: Thank you.
Ealy: Thank you.
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