Will Packer's grind never stops. With an extensive résumé that includes both television and movie production to working with Hollywood's elite, the super producer holds the recipe for success. While hitting up Power 105's The Breakfast Club, Packer started off by dishing on an upcoming television project that is set to air on NBC.
"People Are Talking — It goes there. It's a funny show," he said. "It's [about] this really neurotic Jewish white dude. His best friend is Black. His wife is mixed... the Black dude does stand-up and the white dude's a professor and all they talk about is race and sex and politics — stuff that everybody else considers awkward conversation."
While he is venturing into the television circuit with this project, his movie grind won't be suffering as he has a slew of guaranteed blockbuster hits lined up like Ride Along 2 and the highly anticipated biopic Straight Outta Compton.
"Biopics are challenging, I will tell you that, because it's a true life story," he said of the latter. "But if there is ever a biopic [where] the timing was right and the story needed to be told, it is this one."
The FAMU graduate even shared a tidbit about the filming process of the NWA biopic, which filmed at the same time as the Ice Cube-featured Ride Along 2. The iconic rapper, whose son is set to play him in Straight Outta Compton, was on acting duty and daddy duty while on set, checking in remotely to make sure that his boy was doing him justice.
"I was like, 'Yo, Cube, how are you doing this?''" he said. "This must be nerve wracking. This is your movie, your life, and then your son is playing you in the movie. You want him to do good [sic], you want the movie to be good, you're trying to act in this other big action movie. Like, how are you doing it?'"
Another acting heavy-hitter that Packer spoke highly of is former 106 & Park host Terrence Jenkins. Packer shared a hilarious yet inspirational story on how the E! correspondent got his big acting break in Think Like a Man, all due to his unmatched drive, determination and a little white lie.
"Terrence was on 106 and I was doing a table read... We had basically most of the cast out in L.A. and I said, 'Yo, T, I have a couple roles that haven't been cast yet. We're doing a table read in L.A.," he said. "If you can make it and just read this role alongside the actors... I had Kevin Hart, I had Taraji [P. Henson], I had Michael Ealy, and he was a newcomer. So, he came in just for the table read and he took off work... He lied and said he was sick, flew to L.A... got in the room with the actors and killed it."
Packer also traveled down memory lane, reminding listeners of his first film, Troís, starring Being Mary Jane's Gary Dourdan and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore. When asked if he would cast the notoriously messy reality star in any of his movies today, the producer said he would not be against it, but he prefers not to work with reality stars for a commendable reason.
"If it was the right role," he said. "I don't work with a lot of reality stars just because there's so many actors that are out there and getting in the game. A lot of people in the industry view that as what you do — your talent. And they say, 'You know what? We'd rather have somebody that would separate themselves.'"
Elsewhere in the interview, Will Packer reveals his current plans on remaking ROOTS, his personal motivations, and recognizing Kevin Hart's stardom before Hollywood took notice. Watch the interview in its entirety below:
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