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Sterling K. Brown is ready to make us laugh. We're used to the Emmy-winning This Is Us star bringing us all the drama in his six-year role as Randall Pearson, with the occasional unforgettable dad joke. But in his latest project—Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul.—Brown truly gets to show off his comedic chops.
Brown stars in the upcoming comedic satirical film as Pastor Lee-Curtis a former leader of a Southern Baptist megachurch who—along with his wife Trinitie (Regina Hall)—attempts to make a comeback after a scandal shut down their congregation. The movie is filmed in a mockumentary stye and executive produced by comedian and Oscar-winning director Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions.
“You know, they could do the super funny and they can also do the super dramatic and everything in between," director, writer, and producer Adamma Ebo told The Hollywood Reporter. "And that’s what we needed. There’s so much improv.”
Brown also spoke to THR about his comedic role, “It was exhausting. I mean, this was a fast shoot, but a full shoot, shooting six to nine pages almost every day," he said. "But I had a great scene partner [in Regina], and I love my directors and the production team. I felt supported in such a way that anything I wanted to do or try was right. There was freedom to play every day. Whenever you feel like you have freedom to play, that’s the best environment you could be in.”
As for Brown's collaboration with Hall, Daniel Kaluuya (whose production company, 59% Productions, also produced the film) couldn't help but praise the actors for their work.
“They give an incredible performance," Kaluuya said. "They’re so experienced, and they’ve got so much to give. There’s so much more of a side to them that you don’t really get to see. It’s amazing that this is a great platform for that.”
Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. officially hits theaters and streams on Peacock on Friday, September 2.
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