Michael Ealy Talks 'Underworld 4,' Twitter and Starting His Own Family
1 year ago
The blue-eyed actor is set to play Detective Sebastian in the new 'Underworld'
Ealy: I did a few action sequences where I’m firing weapons. I did a little bit of wire work. I’m driving. It’s “Underworld 4.” I mean, there’s definitely going to be some action. That was part of the appeal for me. In addition to joining the sci-fi genre, it was very important for me to be able to do some action.
Loop 21: And you’re scared of heights I heard. So, was there any fear there in doing the wire sequences?
Ealy: I can see someone ratted me out. I’m terrified of heights. The wire work wasn’t very high. We did it all in a parking garage; my wire work was in a parking garage so I didn’t have to go stand on the edge of a building or anything like that. That’s where I get scared. The wire work was actually very fun. After the first take, I got out on the pad and said, ‘let’s do it again.’
Loop 21: Shooting in 3D is a different experience. How was it? Was it difficult to get used to?
Ealy: It doesn’t really change your performance much. Actually, the only difference I noticed, sometimes when you’re looking just off camera, you had to look a little bit further. The eyelines are a little bit awkward, but that’s just the nature of the camera. Other than that, the camera does all that work. You just have to act.
Loop 21: Tell me about “Think Like a Man.” Did you enjoy shooting?
Ealy: We wrapped in September. “Think Like a Man” was my first comedy since “Barbershop.” It was actually a warm-up for me because right now I’m in New Orleans shooting a series for USA so the timing doing a comedy on film was perfect for me. It gave me a chance to warm up, do more comedy, work with funny people...it was a blast. We really did have a blast. And of course I got to work with Taraji P.Henson so that was, you know, on my bucket list.
Loop 21: What have you learned most from working opposite Taraji?
Ealy: Taraji--her ability to focus, her knowledge of this business, her sense of humor--I think all of that was really really good to see. Both of us came into this movie as somewhat dramatic actors and it was nice to be silly, to be light, to have fun and to not be the dramatic moral compass of the film. You know what I mean? We both tended to just enjoy the ride for what it was and to have fun and laugh about how fun it is, or how silly it is to fall for someone. She and I both got off on that.