Terry Crews lets wacky dad out to play in 'Are We There Yet?'
"For years I tried to get away from the whole 'TV dad' thing," Crews says. "I was like, 'I want to be an action star, I want to be this and that.' The path that opens up in front of you is usually the one that you should take. After 'Everybody Hates Chris,' everybody was like, 'He's a TV dad. This is it.' And then to be presented with the whole reality show thing, I said, 'You know, this is cool.' "
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"It's definitely a spinoff in that here the characters have changed, but in essence it's everything the movie had and I think a little bit more," Crews explains. "You get to delve into who the characters are and what happens to each and every one of them after (the movie)."
If Crews seems a natural as a TV dad, it's because the father of five has had plenty of practice in real life.
"There's been very few situations that I haven't seen. Over the last 23 years, I've seen everything that kids can do. And yet they still surprise me," he says. "You have to be a family person to do a family show. You have to like kids if you're going to be around them. I love family. It's just a good thing. The tone that I set is the tone that the show is going to have. I know that we have a good time because I know that I am."
Crews also loves showing off his wackier side in "Are We There Yet?"
"I was the solid guy in 'Everybody Hates Chris,' but when you look at (Nick), it's good to play a character that plays in the now and is not so serious in a lot of ways. He's not so concerned with money and that kind of thing. He's kind of almost like a big kid. He's one of the kids in the family. It's a real big departure from Julius, but a lot more of who I am," Crews says. "I'm a goofy, crazy guy. People see my character, so it's kind of like I get to be who I am."