Mike Epps is already something of a comedy icon — just ask him — but he's somehow never had a starring role in his own film. That ends now with "Meet the Blacks," a comedy that spoofs "The Purge" as well as racial and socioeconomic tensions. But Epps isn't too worried about any potential litigation from those "Purge" folks.
Did you check with the people behind "The Purge" to make sure this is OK?
It's just a spoof, you know? We're not using anything from "The Purge." It's just a spoof, so I don't think we're going to have any issues with the filmmakers of "the Purge" being upset.
How was it getting Mike Tyson to play along?
You know, Mike Tyson is a team player. One thing about Mike Tyson: He loves film, he loves to be funny. It was cool. Mike is a friend of mine, so I think that had a lot to do with it as well. His name was Clown in the movie, so he loved it. He kept flipping his [wig] back like he was a woman and all kinds of s—. It is a new look for him.