3-Minute Interview:Martin Lawrence

The actor’s latest movie, which opened Friday, is “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins.” He plays a self-help TV talk show host in Hollywood who isn’t shown star treatment when he goes back to Georgia for his parents’ 50th anniversary.

“Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins” is equally balanced with family drama, sibling rivalry and comedy. Was that your intent when making the film? Yes, that was something that I wanted to portray with this great ensemble cast. I love the heart that this movie has. It reminds us that we need to stay close to what started us, which is family.

Now that you’re a big-time celebrity, does your family treat you anything like the character Roscoe? Oh yeah. I’m still Martin when I go home, but “just Martin” with a lot more money now.

How do you go about deciding what movies you’re going to do? Oh, the paycheck. The paycheck usually helps me know. If the script is good — but the paycheck helps though, I tell you.

Do you have any aspirations to do drama? If the right script came along, I would love to try it. But if I ever get the opportunity, I don’t even think it’ll be about the money. It’ll be about something that I feel that I could honestly bring to show you that side.

Any chance we’ll see you in other concert films? What’s up next for you? I want to do one more concert film. I love coming on stage and seeing that audience and getting that rush. “Runteldat” and “You So Crazy” were very special to me. … And next up for me are the movies “College Road Trip” and “Wild Hogs II.”

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