It’s gotta be fun to be Katt Williams on set. The versatile comedian has a penchant for showing up in comedies for a scene or two and just letting loose. There’s a freedom to his performances – the rest of the film, plot, and characters all fall to the wayside as Williams (often with less than ten-minutes of screen-time) takes the reigns.
Case in point – Father Figures, wherein for the first hour or so – the film is ostensibly about twin brother Kyle and Peter (Owen Wilson & Ed Helms) searching for their real father – that is until they pick up an unnamed hitchhiker (Katt Williams). The energy of the film shifts the second Williams pops up – and then Father Figures becomes a madcap free-for-all, complete with Williams tied up in the back-seat & ultimately a train crash. Williams’ hitchhiker isn’t even give a name, yet still the comedian imbues the character with a surprising level of sweetness, proof just how much Williams can do with any amount of material.
In the following interview with Katt Williams, he reveals the mysterious hitchhiker’s real name, his criteria for picking up hitchhikers and why he hates dramas. For the full interview, watch above.
- Has Katt Williams ever picked up a hitchhiker?
- Did he ever come up with a name for the hitchhiker character he plays in Father Figures?
- Has Williams’ family ever lied to him? [Just as in the film Father’s Figures]
- Does he ever think about taking on more dramatic roles?
Here’s the official synopsis for Father Figures:
Owen Wilson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Zoolander 2”) and Ed Helms (“The Hangover” films, “We’re the Millers”) star in the Alcon Entertainment comedy “Father Figures,” marking the directorial debut of veteran cinematographer Lawrence Sher (“The Hangover” films).
Wilson and Helms are Kyle and Peter Reynolds, brothers whose eccentric mother raised them to believe their father had died when they were young. When they discover this to be a lie, they set out together to find their real father, and end up learning more about their mother than they probably ever wanted to know.
The film also stars J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), comedian Katt Williams, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-actor Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames (the “Mission Impossible” films), Harry Shearer (“The Simpsons”), and Oscar nominee June Squibb (“Nebraska”), with Oscar winner Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”), and Oscar nominee Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as the twins’ mother.
Sher directed from a screenplay by Justin Malen (“Office Christmas Party”). The film was produced by Academy Award nominee Ivan Reitman (“Up in the Air”), Ali Bell (“Draft Day”), and Academy Award nominees Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove (“The Blindside”). Serving as executive producers were Tom Pollock, Scott Parish, Chris Cowles, Chris Fenton, and Timothy M. Bourne.
Sher’s behind-the-scenes team included director of photography John Lindley (“St. Vincent”), production designer Stephen H. Carter (art director, “Birdman”), editor Dana E. Glauberman (“Draft Day”), and two-time Oscar nominated costume designer Julie Weiss (“Frida,” “Twelve Monkeys”). The music was composed by Rob Simonsen (“Foxcatcher”).