We caught up with the men and women from Think Like a Man Too to talk about how their characters have graduated from trying to find love in the first film and are now heading to Las Vegas to celebrate the wedding of Regina Hall’s Candace and Terrence Jenkins’ Michael.
And you know what that also means… bachelor and bachelorette parties! So, what happened in Vegas, did not stay in Vegas... we got the scoop!
Hall, Jenkins, as well as Kevin Hart (who can be seen in those new Wedding Ringer photos), Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, La La Anthony, Meagan Good, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara and Romany Marco all gave us the goods on the sequel and we present it as 11 things that we learned about Think Like a Man Too.
They dish getting fit for stripping (wait, what?), performing a video for BBD’s Poison, Hart's Risky Business dance and what they did in Vegas when the cameras weren’t rolling!
Click through and discover the 11 most fascinating things about this fun comedy, and to get caught up, watch Think Like a Man online and prepare for the sequel to hit theaters June 20.
"I'll be the first to say, I got a good look at my body in Think Like a Man and I said, 'Eww.' So coming into part two, we all wanted to come in looking different, looking better," Hart said. "You always want to up the ante."
"The cast is so special. We all know and admire each other. I knew the second one would be better because of the cast and how we worked together," Taraji P. Henson said.
Gabrielle Union concurred. "I think we figured out how to give you all the characters you love some new surprises," she added. "And, we give you a couple new characters and new places to go."
Hart's character gets the biggest suite in the casino and celebrates by dancing. It's hilarious! "That was literally on the spot -- it was all improv," Hart proudly said. "We knew that we wanted to get the entrance, a la Tom Cruise in Risky Business, where I just slide into frame. Other than that, that was Tim (Story, director) just saying, 'I'm going to just let it go. Be a kid in a candy store, have fun. This is a new environment for you -- enjoy yourself like no one else is around.'"
Romany Malco, who's back as Zeke, saw it differently. "Tell the truth, Kevin," he said as he turned to his co-star. "What really happened is that we hired the world's greatest choreographer, Kevin couldnât do ANY of the moves, and thatâs what you got."
Henson treasured the fact that they didnât go their separate ways after each day's shooting. "We didnât go home. I stayed either in Reginaâs (Hall) room or La Laâs (Anthony) room. If we were in L.A., we wouldnât do that."
Husbands did cause Henson to move around, though!. "La La got kind of quiet once 'Melo (her husband, New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony) was done with his season. I was like, 'Melo, really? You're taking my friend. Now I have nowhere to go!' I was like, 'When is he leaving?'"
"That made us bond, made us closer." Hall added.
We asked, âIf the male strip club scene didnât end in a fight, who would have won the contest?" âTerrence would have had an edge,â Michael Ealy said.
Hart agreed. âIâd give it to Terrence. I think Terrence wouldâve been the one to give it the most effort. I think Terrence wouldâve given it 110.â
Terrence admitted one thing. âI definitely wouldâve had the most baby oil!â
As they had to appear in skimpy outfits set to strip, the guys did their best to work out, constantly. Jerry Ferrara said that Malco would not be denied. âHeâs the MacGyver of the workouts. Give him an apple and a rubber band and heâll come up with a workout,â Ferrara said.
Hart was game for any workout during filming as the strip club scene wasnât in the original script that meant getting ready quickly. âBeing half-naked in the stripper scene, we had to be nice on a femaleâs eyes. So on set, we had nothing but gym material -- push up bars, ab rollers!â Hart said. âThe biggest fear of an actor, especially a man, is having a shirt-off scene and watching that movie with a live audience and hearing women go, âEww.ââ
The girls get down to a music video, mid movie, to BBDâs Poison. It is awesome. And the guys are not happy. âThereâs still jealousy from the guys,â Hart said.
âOn the page it wasnât written like that,â Jenkins added. âIt just said, âThe ladies dance to Poison.' They did a music video!!"
While the gang gathers in Vegas for a wedding, it didnât faze newly engaged Union. Besides, itâs not her who is obsessing about wedding details, itâs her fiance Dwyane Wade.
âHeâs worried about centerpieces and the kind of wine weâre having,â Union said and laughed.
The ladies get Reginaâs character a blow-up doll named Idris (Elba) for her bachelorette party. Unionâs blow-up doll name would surprise. âReally, my fantasy guy, for so long, was Maxwell Caulfield in Grease 2. [Singing] Cool rider! Cool, cool, cool, cool rider! Grease was great!â
âI wanted to know where these relationships went,â Union said. âScreenwriters said they made it a point to not only focus on the plot, but also on the relationships between the characters. They explained that after the first film so many women that they knew came up to them and identified with every one of [the characters].â