Don’t go see Think Like A Man Too if you’re seeking a lovey-dovey sequel to the 2012 hit. This ensemble movie, out Friday, is more The Hangover than The Notebook. The gang from the first film — about men and women trying to figure each other out — is back together in Sin City for the wedding of mama’s boy Michael ( Terence J) to Candace ( Regina Hall). With Cedric ( Kevin Hart) as best man (just as he will be in real life at Dwyane Wade’s wedding to TLAMT costar Gabrielle Union), there is no way that hilarity can’t ensue.
We spoke to Michael Ealy, who reprises his role as dreamy chef Dominic, and reality star LaLa Anthony, who comes back, unbelievably, as the only singleton in the group, Sonia. The two spoke to us from the Mandarin-Oriental Miami Hotel.
You guys looked like you had a blast shooting.
LA: We really did. I think it comes across onscreen. We really enjoy being around each other. It didn’t feel like work, more like hanging out with friends. It was like a family reunion.
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ME: I feel like Too is a comedy first. It’s still a battle of the sexes like the first one, but it’s about the girls having the best possible night in Vegas and the guys having the best possible night in Vegas.
How did you feel about doing a followup to the first film?
ME: There’s always a lot of trepidation. If you’re doing a sequel it means the first one did really well. You kind of don’t want to mess with that. But with the script and the same cast, I thought, “Let’s take a crack at this. Let’s see what we can come up with.” That’s why we were a little nervous at the screening [at Regal South Beach]. We wanted people to love this one, so it was nice to see them laughing at the right spots.
You can’t shut down Vegas. What challenges did you face with the production?
LA: We had such weird hours. I don’t think anyone ever got one good night’s sleep. We’d be in our trailers at 1 o’clock in the morning to try to catch the pool without a lot of people there. It was nonstop, but that’s what Vegas is. You’d find yourself going to bed at 5 p.m., trying to take a nap for two hours.
Did either of you ever gamble?
ME: I don’t even know how, but I heard I can learn from LaLa.
LA: I do pretty well, but two months around [casinos] is a bad thing! For most people a weekend is enough. I had to really pace myself. I put myself on a budget just to break even.
Michael, you had of lot of scenes with Kevin Hart when he was just going haywire. How did you keep it together?
ME: I’m not afraid to be the straight man. Since we’re in Miami, I’ll say Kevin is the LeBron James of comedy, so you can’t be LeBron without someone else throwing the Alley Oop, if you will. Comedy is collaborative, and I want what’s best for the movie. I’ll just act like I’m in character and try my best not to laugh.
If there is a No. 3 where do you see these characters going?
ME: Someone is going to have a baby or we’ll all be stuck in some sort of Survivor-esque scenario.
LA: I have to get a man! It’s time for me to hook up!