Mike Epps is Uncle Buck
Based on the hit movie of the same name, Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a charismatic hustler who has gotten by on his charm for years. But when his brother, Will (James Lesure), and sister-in-law, Alexis (Nia Long), move to town and need help with their kids, he steps up to become their nanny, and their lives will never be the same. Will and Alexis are wary of Buck’s questionable parenting skills, but his unique perspective and street smarts provide some unconventional solutions to raising their three rambunctious kids, who typically make a hobby out of terrorizing their nannies.
A few notes from our lunch with Mike Epps last week:
You left Survivor’s Remorse for Uncle Buck?
I loved being on Survivor’s Remorse. It gave me the opportunity to show people I can do television well.
How did this project come to you?
Will Packer came to me and said I have a TV show I’d like to present to you called, “Uncle Buck”. I read the script and I loved it.
What’s the Twist with this show that sets it apart from the rest?
I always look at it in a timeframe. The original Uncle Buck, believe it or not was a film that I think 70 perent of the kids today haven’t seen. For the other percentage of people who have seen it, it’s a homecoming for them. I’m looking to present something new to the Millennials, where they’re like, ‘Man this is really cool!’.
Do you hang out with the cast off set?
Nia Long and I have been cool for a while. The kids are off the hook. They are advanced and smart. The little bitty girl is like a grown woman. She walked up to me and said, “You need to stop smoking cigarettes”. She was serious too. I found myself hiding. I had to tell myself she’s just a little girl [laughs]. The kids are really the scene stealers.
You mentioned having a little bit of fear around the premiere of Uncle Buck?
You know it’s network television. I come from a really urban edgy-world form doing “Friday” movies. I’ve watched a lot of comics over the years get the opportunity to do television and it just took away their mojo and swagg. I’m trying to fit in the frame and still do my thing. You know? I don’t know if Middle America is going to except meeting “Dae Dae” for the first time. I also don’t want those who are my fans say to themselves, “Mike wouldn’t say it like that”.
UNCLE BUCK – Premieres Tuesday, June 14 at 9:00 & 9:30PM on ABC