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'Skyline's Donald Faison Talks Love For His Girlfriend and Why Eddie Murphy is Still A Comedy King

After nearly a decade on NBC's hit comedy series Scrubs and star turning roles in films like Clueless, Waiting To Exhale and Remember The Titans, Donald Faison is back on the big screen. This time he's battling alien life forms out to destroy Los Angeles in the new indie sci fi flick, Skyline. VIBE spoke with Faison about how he had to work hard suppress the funny in his latest film. Plus, the divorced father of three opened up about his love for Jessica Simpson BFF,  girlfriend Cacee Cobb and he shared his thoughts on why old school Eddie Murphy was, is and will always be the 'King Of Comedy.' —Ronke Idowu Reeves

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VIBE: What was the craziest thing you encountered shooting a film like Skyline?

The funniest and craziest thing about shooting Skyline was not being able to be funny and crazy. For the first time in my career I couldn’t use something that I’ve relied on to sell myself. I couldn’t use my humor and that was different and difficult for me at some points. There were times in the script where a joke would have been so great to ease the tension. But the director didn’t want the tension to be eased; there was no room for it. I would say things like, ‘this could be a great joke here.’ And they were like it’s the end of the world Donald, would you really make a joke at the end of the world?’ And I was like, ‘that is true; you don’t necessarily want your audience to start laughing, not at those moments [laughs.]

 

Guys usually love action movies because it gives them the opportunity to do stunts, did you do any of yours?

I did all my own stunts, yeah. Not one person did a stunt for me in this movie. It’s always great to do stunts. I grew up playing basketball and baseball, I like to think I’m am athletic person. Later, when I did Remember The Titans they taught me to play football.  I don’t necessarily want to fall and hit my head on the floor or my spine on the floor or anything like that. But if it’s something I can do I want to do it. Some of the stunts are very difficult and I have no business doing them, but most of it’s pretty much running and jumping. And you can twist your ankle running on a treadmill. So if it’s dangerous for me to run period, then I’m doing the stunt. Also there’s CG effects in it too, so hanging from a building isn’t necessarily you hanging from a building. It’s you hanging on a fake ledge that they built with floor underneath you and you’re actually standing up, or lying down.

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Set in New York City’s ‘90s time period, the characters will explore life-altering changes in their careers and health. For Blanca, the status of her HIV-positive diagnosis will take precedence as the House of Evangelista begins to navigate a newfound arena of prominence in the ballroom scene.

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Kanye West To David Letterman: Liberals Are Bullying Donald Trump Supporters

Ahead of David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction return to Netflix (May 31), details about the veteran interviewer’s upcoming conversation with Kanye West has hit the Internet. According to The Daily Beast, the pair discuss mental health, Drake fallout, and his views on Donald Trump.

In 2018, West used various platforms from TMZ to his personal Twitter account to express his controversial and political standing as it relates to his support of Trump. While he caught flack for it, West told Letterman that everyone should have the right to stand tall in their beliefs.

“This is like my thing with Trump—we don’t have to feel the same way, but we have the right to feel what we feel,” he said. The father-of-four also admitted that he’s “never voted in my life,” and that those who cast a ballot for Trump were “treated like enemies of America because that’s what they felt.” He added that “Liberals bully people who are Trump supporters!”

The Daily Beast also reported on West’s address of mental health. Here, he pinpointed how the masses interpreted his statements, inadvertently referring to his viral interview on TMZ. “When you’re bipolar, you have the potential to ramp up and it can take you to a point where you start acting erratic, as TMZ would put it,” he said. West continued to unpack his views on mental health, saying, “If you guys want these crazy ideas and these crazy stages and this crazy music and this crazy way of thinking, there’s a chance it might come from a crazy person."

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Netflix's 'The Black Godfather' Follows The Story Of Legend Clarence Avant

Netflix is gearing up to release a documentary that dives into the history of a music legend. The forthcoming film, entitled, The Black Godfather, will tackle the legendary career and legacy of music industry executive, Clarence Avant.

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"There’s the power that needs the spotlight, but there’s also the power behind the scenes," Barack Obama says in the trailer.

Diddy also noted Avant's influence. "He became that mentor for us all, he became that godfather," he said.

Clarence Avant is a music executive, entrepreneur, and film producer. He is usually referred to as the "Godfather of Black Music" and was known to defy widespread racism in the 1960s and influence all aspects of the music industry.

The Black Godfather documentary will hit Netflix on June 7. Watch the trailer in the video above.

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