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.