I’ll admit it: director Luke Greenfield’s Let’s Be Cops just wasn’t on my radar. While I’m a fan of Greenfield’s The Girl Next Door, I wasn’t sure what to expect with his new comedy starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson. However, after watching the great-looking red band trailer at CinemaCon, I think we might have an early contender for box office surprise of the summer. If you haven’t heard of the film, Let’s Be Cops stars Johnson and Wayans Jr. as two friends who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms and a car purchased on eBay, but in the midst of all their fun they run into trouble with a dangerous Russian mobster. The film also stars Nina Dobrev, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy, and Keegan-Michael Key and it opens August 13th.
Shortly after presenting the trailer at CinemaCon, I landed an exclusive video interview with Johnson and Wayans Jr. They talked about how the project came together, how much was improvised, the test screenings, how it’s a hard R-rated comedy with nudity (they say it’s like the 80s movies where it’s a big comedy, then it turns and the action happens), deleted scenes, working with Greenfield, the promotional tour for the film, and more. In addition, Wayans Jr. talked about his upcoming standup tour and Johnson discussed about his small role in Jurassic World and how he’s about to start filming director Joe Swanberg’s next film Digging for Fire, which starts filming soon and will also star Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Brie Larson. Hit the jump to watch.