THINK LIKE A MAN TOO
Then there's Cedric: hyper, confused, bold, well-meaning Cedric, once again
played by the irrepressible, one-of-a-kind Kevin Hart. For one thing, Cedric's
relationship issues with Gail continue. Packer, the producer, says, "Gail was
dragging all 4-foot-7-inches of Cedric through the food truck park at the end of
the last movie. They got back together, but it didn't quite work out so they are
having a trial separation, as advised by their marriage counselor. Cedric has
been allowed to come to Vegas, as, technically, "a free man." He's separated
from Gail so he is ready to have the time of his life."
Cedric is the best man of the wedding, and according to Kevin Hart, he sets
out to be "the best best man in the history of best men." With that goal in
mind, he spends way more money than he has on Caesars Palace's lavish, ultra
exclusive Constantine Villa-the multiroom mini-mansion that he has rented for
the weekend, and disastrous consequences for the posse ensues. Says Packer, "He
thinks that it is $4,000 a night. In typical Cedric fashion, he's thinking, 'I
got my gold card. I got Triple A. I got points here, points there. I got my
frequent flyer miles.' He thinks that all of that has given him this
unbelievable suite for $4,000 a night. The suite is $40,000 a night. So that's
$80,000 he's in debt." His efforts to recover the money results in a string of
events that threaten to derail the wedding. As Hart explains, "I'm trying to go
above and beyond to give Michael the best send-off that I can. But in doing
that, I get in a little over my head and don't realize how deep I'm in. Not only
am I in debt, but I'm causing other people financial stress."
Hart likens Cedric's motivations to those behind a bachelor party Hart once
threw for a friend. "I didn't really throw him a bachelor party, I threw myself
a bachelor party, but disguised it through him. In actuality, I want everybody
to go 'Man, Kev, you did it, this was crazy.' Cedric is that guy. He just wants
the guys to look at him and go, 'Man, Cedric you are amazing.' It's all coming
from a selfish place for him."
For the writers, returning to the character of Cedric was especially
rewarding. "When we wrote the first movie, we didn't know Kevin was going to
play Cedric," says co-screenwriter David Newman. "So to write toward him, and to
lean into that voice more, and put him in these situations, was really fun."
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