Chances are you’ve seen a few buddy cop movies in your lifetime. There’s usually a formula of a sharp-witted cop and a dumb cop who battle crime while roaming the streets. After a few car chases and exchanges of gunshots, they defeat the villain, save the beautiful girl and get promoted. So what sets the comedy “Let’s Be Cops” apart from the rest? The buddies in this “buddy cop” film are only pretending to be cops (don’t try this at home).
“Let’s Be Cops” is directed by Luke Greenfield (“The Animal,” “The Girl Next Door”) and stars the hilarious Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr., best known for their roles as Nick Miller and Coach in the hit FOX television series “New Girl.” The film follows best friends Ryan (Johnson) and Justin (Wayans Jr.), who are both facing difficult roadblocks in life. Ryan is a lazy ex-football player who is stuck in the past but dreams big, and Justin is a video game designer with an aspiration-crushing boss. After attending a costume party dressed as police officers, the two decide to impersonate real-life cops to reap the benefits. That is, until they get tangled up with a scary drug dealer played by Andrew Garcia.
The Triangle had the opportunity to sit down with Johnson, Wayans Jr., and screenwriter Nicholas Thomas at the rustic Bru Craft & Wurst to discuss their upcoming film.
The Triangle: How did you get involved in “Let’s Be Cops”?
Jake Johnson: I wasn’t going to do this movie until [Wayans] said yes. So for me, I loved the script, it was really cast-contingent. You know, I wouldn’t just sign on to play a character with whoever they chose for the other … but with Damon we knew each other. Knowing we were going to spend 10 weeks with each other in Atlanta, you have to, at least for me, like the other person.