[CONCRETE LOOP EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH KATT WILLIAMS - LISTEN ABOVE]
Comedian and actor Katt Williams has been in the entertainment game for awhile now, but most recently his name has been plastered across press outlets for his reportedly bizarre behavior and various run-ins with the law.
Concrete Loop’s Angel Laws had a chance to chat with the 39 year-old about his new role in ‘Scary Movie 5,’ as well as all the negative press he has been receiving as of late. Katt also opens up about what motivates him, the music he loves and what’s next for his career. Take a listen to the interview above or read it below.
CL: You haven’t been in a mainstream movie in a few years. So, how was it working on the set of “Scary Movie 5”?
Katt Williams: It was kind of surreal. Generally, in a comedy, you feel like you’re carrying the movie or least that’s how I would feel. This was one of those situations where it was the direct opposite; It’s already an amazingly successful franchise. And I had already seen the other ones, so I knew what they were about. So, once I saw the list of people, it was just about me being able to bring my “A” game.
CL: How do you feel about the state of the comedy world, especially the black comedy world?
Katt Williams: I feel just like you feel. [*LAUGHS*]
CL: [*LAUGHS*]. How do you think I feel? You’ve been in that world, you’ve been on the inside, and you know how it really is. So, I feel your perspective, on comedy, would be strong?
Katt Williams: It probably should be, but it’s really not in this particular case. I generally get up every morning trying to figure out why ‘Katt Williams’ is allowing all of this to happen. But now that he’s back, I’m excited to see what that’s going to bring to the comedy landscape. Comedy is never out, sometimes down, but never out.
CL: We had the Eddie Murphy(s), the Chris Tuckers(s), the Dave Chappelle(s), and then we had you. So, I feel comedy fell off after you disappeared and I’m happy to see you back.
Katt Williams: Well, thank you! I’m glad to finally be starting the road to being back. The issue is, when you say those names it doesn’t take very long to say them. We got to understand that each of those persons was holding it down for like ten years. So now, if something cheap happens it’s on purpose, or for a reason. I’m excited to be in the same conversation as those people, and I’m positive that my story has a better ending.
CL: Do you have any quotes that help motivate you, or listen to any music that helps you?
Katt Williams: That’s crazy; it’s all of those things. I’m a “quote” fan, I like all those quotes; I buy quote books. But it’s one thing to read the quotes, and it’s another thing to get chance to see them play out in your real life. They tell you that “all press is good press”, until you get bad press and then they forget that they said that. When they tell us in the quote “You can’t please everybody”, you could understand that. But once you go through it for real then you understand the wisdom in it. So, I like all the quotes and I’m still a big bible fan. And music is always the only way I can really communicate, privately.
CL: Do you feel the negative press you get is warranted?
Katt Williams: I can’t vilify the press, because this is what we’re doing right now. It doesn’t make me uncomfortable that they would view me in a negative light, and I understand that negative sells more than positive. If they really wanted to hurt me they wouldn’t talk about me at all. The fact that they are talking about me is all that I care about anyway. I could care less about what they say. When they say genius, I don’t believe genius. So when they say crazy, I can’t believe that either. Until they start calling me tall, I don’t believe anything they say. [*LAUGH*]
CL: [*LAUGH*]. What music are you currently listening to?
Katt Williams: I’m on something new now. I’m on old-fashion listening to the radio again. I’m trying to map my landscaping, so I’m enjoying listening to the radio right now. I’m a big Drake fan, because I like the truth in the music. I’ve been a fan of K dot, since K dot was K dot. Shouts out to Kendrick Lamar. The thing about music is there may be one million artists, but if you’re looking for geniuses, you’re only going to find ten of them throughout each point in life.
CL: Do you read any of the online blogs?
Katt Williams: Well, part of my new therapy for the last few years has been not to not be on the Internet at all. So that I don’t do anything crazy like watching people’s comment and blowing up answering them. I’ve now come back and I’m reading a lot of the stuff and Satan ain’t that amazing. He’s only has the same stuff, its amazing that its keeps working. I’m amazed that somehow they’re able to do what they do. At the end of the day they lose anyway.
CL: What’s next for you? Can we expect a new comedy tour, any other movies?
Katt Williams: Yeah, yeah I’m all about overkill. As long as “Scary Movie 5” comes out number one, that green lights the rest of everything. I can at least add myself into the comedy fray for the betterment of comedy as a whole; not taking anything away from anyone that is in it now.
Check out Katt Williams in ‘Scary Movie 5′ in theaters on Friday, April 12, 2013.