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GAL APPROVED! “Surviving Remorse” With Jessie T. Usher and Mike Epps!

By   |   August 21, 2015   |   Entertainment

WATCH. On this #GalApproved, TV contributor Angela Yvonne chats with Jessie T. Usher and comedian Mike Epps about the second season SurvivorΓÇÖs Remorse, which returns to Starz this Saturday!

Unfamiliar with the series? Jessie stars as Cam Calloway, a young basketball star who brings his family from the bottom to the top, and then deals with how they maneuver being the same with new money. It’s produced by none other than basketball great LeBron James (no doubt bringing in the personal perspective!). Read on for Jessie and Mike’s take on success and family matters, and Richard Pryor!

How do you deal with real-life survivorΓÇÖs remorse?

Jessie: I havenΓÇÖt deal with as much as Mike has being in the game as long as he has, but I have had a few questioning where I know them from and what side of the family they are part of (laughs). I bring it to my family and we figure it out.

Mike: Well, of lot of people feel like they should ask for things because of the position I am in. But I have a cut-off point to where I say what and who I am going to do things for and not. At the beginning I use to get mad because I couldnΓÇÖt believe that some people didnΓÇÖt have enough couth to not to ask for certain things, but now it is just part of the game and I donΓÇÖt really trip. My brother said to me if the shoe was on the other foot, you would do the same and I said it must be a twist of fate that the shoe wasnΓÇÖt on that foot!

In the first season, Cam is getting adjusted to having new money and wanting to help everyone in his past ΓÇ£come upΓÇ¥ does it change in the second season?

Jessie: Cam gets adjusted to being clearer about what is considered helping, especially with ReggieΓÇÖs (RonReaco Lee) help.

Mike, if you weren’t a comedian, what would you be doing?

Mike: I would work with kids. I grew up in a community center called The Hill Center. There was a guy named Mr. Hawkins and a woman named Ms. Holland, and they were the funniest people ever. They were morally supportive to the kids that were there and it didnΓÇÖt seem like a job. I couldnΓÇÖt be a construction worker.

I know that Richard Pryor is one of your comedic idols. What is one of the words or lines that are your favorite?

Mike: I am really nervous right now because I havenΓÇÖt had any cocaine since lunch! (laughs)

What is the news on the Richard Pryor autobiography movie?

Mike: We start filming in March and Lee Daniels will be directing it!

What can we look forward to from the both of you?

Mike: I’m preparing for my new show on ABC called Uncle Buck, and my new standup special is in October, I have different names for it but I like DonΓÇÖt Take It Personal.

Jessie: I am the lead in the movie Independence Day 2.

Tell me something you have learned?

Mike: Sometimes you have to walk in the door with nothing and take a little something with you. The only thing you can get from success is more success.

SurvivorΓÇÖs Remorse, season two, premieres Saturday, Aug. 22 at 9:30 pm on Starz.

photo credit: Starz


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