On Wednesday night at the “Barbershop: The Next Cut” premiere, Ice Cube reflected on the Barbershop franchise about twelve years after “Barbershop 2: Back In Business” was released.
He said that with this installment, as a opposed to the other two, they address the issue of gang violence in Chicago far more seriously along with the usual barbershop banter that we all know and love.”We wanted to deal with real situation on the South Side of Chicago,” said Cube while introducing the film. Common, who plays a barber in the film, spoke on the state of his hometown and the seriousness of the gang violence, “I’m from the South Side of Chicago, a this movie is really relevant to what’s going on.”
Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, the screenwriters for the film, said it was crucial that they find a way to bring awareness to the current crisis in Chicago but still keeping the jokes. “This had to be a little darker than the other two,” said Barris. Director Malcolm Lee said that the actors provided with with massive amounts of comedy that they actually had to cut lots of material out.
The film also features some familiar faces, Ice Cube and Cedric The Entertainer, of course, but Jazsmin Lewis, Sean Patrick Lewis and Eve, who have been in all three films. “Barbershop: The Next Cut” hits theaters April 15th.
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