Max Greenfield on his love for Jason Ritter

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“About Alex” Trailer Featuring Max Greenfield

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Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Hot Guy/Cold Drink: Bathhouse Bourbon and Big Ideas with Jake Johnson

You might not know it from his body of work, but New Girl star Jake Johnson (whose buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops is out next Friday), is kind of the brains of the operation. But when I suggest that he might want to take credit for some of his booze-fueled moments of genius—they range from a successful improv duo, to a hit Comedy Central TV series, to an underground tennis association (to which complete strangers are pledging allegiance)—he only laughs. So not taking the bait. He’s more of a behind-the-scenes type, anyway: Johnson will make his screenwriting debut with next year’s Anna Kendrick-Orlando Bloom starrer,Digging for Fire. And though he loves a good, old-fashioned bender (there’s a science to how he builds his ideal buzz), today is more about sitting at the wood bar at Little Dom’s in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz, where Don Draper himself slugged martinis on Mad Men, wearing house slippers, and sipping lavender-scented bourbon out of a coupe glass. Hey, just because he doesn’t need his name up in lights doesn’t mean he’s not a storyteller.

So, Jake, as a big fan of New Girl, I firmly believe that Nick and Jess should be together. Where do you stand on that?

Honestly, I know it’s not the right answer in an interview, but whatever [showrunner] Liz [Meriwether] wants to do, I’m really happy with. So if they’re together, great! But if they’re not, as an actor on a TV show, you really don’t have any creative input besides how we play our characters, and how we play our moments. In terms of story stuff, the writers don’t call us, they don’t e-mail us; we show up to the table read, and try to execute the plan.

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Damon Wayans Jr., and Jake Johnson on filming in ATL, gun-toting babies, and improvisation

It’s rare to find stars of a buddy flick who are actually good friends in real life. Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson, whose on-set chemistry in Fox’s “New Girl” is undeniable, bring their comedic partnership to Let’s Be Cops. Filmed in Atlanta, Let’s Be Cops shows the actors in their best-improvised form: hilarious, outrageous, and absolutely relatable. Wayans Jr. and Johnson spoke to Creative Loafing about their favorite experiences filming in the city, what it’s like to have a large Samoan man’s testicles in your face, and revelations that the food in Atlanta is, in fact, much better than that in L.A.

So, do you like the movie?

Jake Johnson: We do, yeah. We’ve been able to see it with some audiences, which is fun, because it feels like a movie — you don’t wanna watch this movie alone on your computer. It’s a big movie, and it has big set pieces, like when that guy’s balls are in [Damon's] face.

Damon Wayans Jr.: They were not on my face. They were near.

JJ: Yeah, but you were pushing your face closer.

DWJ: No, you and Rob Riggle grabbed him by his ankles and dragged him closer.

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Hollywood Chicago Interviews Jake and Damon

When the assignment was to find a comedy team to take on impersonating police officers, funny men Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. – of the TV series “New Girl” – fit the uniforms perfectly for the new film, “Let’s Be Cops.” Add in the always hilarious Rob Riggle, and let the games begin.

Riggle is a well known comic character presence on “The Daily Show” and films like “The Hangover,” “21 Jump Street,” “Big Miracle” and the upcoming “Dumb and Dumber To.” Riggle is also famous for having served in the Marines and Marine Reserves for a total of 23 years – retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel – and began his comedy career after his first military stint.

Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson are practically a comedy duo. They portray pals Coach and Nick on Zooey Deschanel’s sitcom “New Girl,” and are best-friends-turned-fake-policemen in “Let’s Be Cops.” Wayans comes from the comedy family of his father Damon, and his uncles Keenan, Shawn and Marlon – The Wayans Brothers – and also was on ABC-TV’s “Happy Endings” sitcom. Jake Johnson is doing more film work, having appeared in the independent favorites “Safety Not Guaranteed” and “Drinking Buddies,” and has a role in the 2015 film “Jurassic World.”

HollywoodChicago.com interviewed all three co-stars of “Let’s Be Cops,” and found out about a prank that Jim Carrey liked to play on the Wayans family.

HollywoodChicago.com: Damon, what attracted you to ‘Let’s Be Cops,’ and how did you know you could make the character of Chang work?

Damon Wayans Jr.: Initially, what attracted me to the film was the premise. It’s like a twist on a pretty familiar genre, the cop comedy, and the twist is they’re not really cops. I liked that they got into a lot of trouble because of that, and I liked the action at the end. When I heard that Jake’s name was floated around as the co-star, I called him and said I’d do it if he did it. They helped my decision.

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Jake Johnson Reveals He ‘Spent A Lot Of Years As A Sex Machine’

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Get a First Look at Jessica Biel’s Guest Spot

Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. just can’t seem to get away from each other!

In addition to sharing the small screen on New Girl, the duo star in the new buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops. So it only makes sense that for the film’s big premiere, they were joined by several of their co-stars, including Lamorne Morris, who got to play red carpet reporter for an evening and grill his cast mates.

In the exclusive video below, however, Hannah Simone turns the tables on Morris when the focus turns to season premiere guest star Jessica Biel. “I will say this: Justin Timberlake is a very lucky man,” Morris says.

Want to get a first look at Biel’s appearance? Check out the exclusive video HERE for that and more interviews with the cast.

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Jake and Damon at Hot 107.9 Philly

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Damon, Jake and Rob Riggle Promote “Let’s Be Cops” in Chicago

If you enjoy “laughing out loud” then “Let’s Be Cops” is for you, comedian/actor Damon Wayans Jr. said.

The well-known Wayans brother, who has appeared in “The Underground,” a Showtime television series, co-stars with Jake Johnson and Rob Riggle. Wayans and Johnson have shared the screen together before in a pilot for “New Girl,” a popular television series. Wayans also played in “The Other Guys” with Riggle. Now you can see the trio together, Aug. 13, in this new comedy about two best friends who pretend to be cops for the pretty women, power and perks.

What starts off as a fun time, quickly turns into a dangerous situation when the two get tangled into drama with a mob and a dirty detective. Riggle plays the good cop who is convinced that the duo are legit. It isn’t until later that he finds out the truth.

Johnson said that he and Wayans both got the scripts and decided to audition together since there were rumors that the director liked both actors for the roles.

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