Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
Martin says Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins is one of the funniest films he has ever made. "I love this film and the whole cast that I got to work with," he says. "Everybody delivered in their roles. It was just a lot of fun."
To research the part of a successful talk show host, Martin says he watched television shows—including Oprah. "I watched your show…just see how you interact with the audience," he says. "It worked for me. It helped."
Mo'Nique's experience acting alongside Martin, Cedric and fellow castmate James Earl Jones was so wonderful, she says if she never did another movie, it would be fine by her. "Just being in the company of such greatness, I can say, 'You know what? I've had my ride. I've had a great time, and thank you, God,'" Mo'Nique says.
Cedric says he has wanted to work with Martin again ever since they performed onstage live in Def Comedy Jam. "I had a small part in [Big Momma's House], and so we had this relationship," Cedric says. "He's one of the greatest."
When he read the script for Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Martin says it reminded him of his television show. "There's a lot of things in this movie that are like the Martin show, so to do it with this cast, it couldn't get [any] better," he says. "This is one of the best casts that I worked with."
In 1978, Oprah became the co-host of People Are Talking, a local talk show in Baltimore. "When you first came on, I had never seen a black woman on television that was a big black woman that looked like me," Mo'Nique says. "I'd never seen that before, and I said, 'I want to do that when I grow up.'"
Mo'Nique says her broadcasting school took a field trip to the set of People Are Talking, where she met Oprah for the first time. "When I put my hand inside of yours, I said, 'You know what? I want to be just like you when I grow up,'" Mo'Nique says. "And you grabbed my hand really tight, and you said, 'You've got to work really hard.' So from one sister to another, I held onto those words for life, and now it's an honor to be sitting here on your stage with you."
"Thank you," Oprah says. "That is so beautiful."
Mo'Nique says she once worked as a phone sex operator. "I was the person that worked inside the office, and I had to monitor the calls. I had to make sure the girls were saying the right things to the men," she says. "I learned some things, Miss Oprah!"
Before he became a famous comedian, Martin buffed floors in retail stores. "When you go into K-Marts and you see them shiny floors? I did that!" he says.
Cedric says he bagged groceries at a supermarket. "I was probably like top-10 bagger in the state. I was like Tom Cruise in Cocktail," Cedric jokes. "You put your heavy things on the bottom. I would have your milk next to the frozen peas so your milk would stay cool. People would appreciate that if you had to stop before you got home, you know. They didn't realize. I was good!"
Mo'Nique admits, though, that her and Sidney's definition of an open marriage does include sex with other people. "It's not a deal breaker. It's not something that will make us say, 'Oh, we've got to go to divorce court,' because we're very real people and we understand what's for us. It doesn't work for everybody," she says. "I've had to sneak and I've had to lie, and I don't want to do that any more. But my husband is so awesome and so fine and so—oh, girl. … No other man can compare."
For Martin, giving advice to Mo'Nique was like passing along a favor he had received from previous costars. "Eddie Murphy did it for me. Bruce Willis did it for me. All these people coming up used to tell me things and give me advice," he says. "If you're successful in this business but you don't share and pass it on to others, you're just stifled. You're just there, you know?"