Cedric the Entertainer is no stranger to playing a man of the cloth.
He played a reverend in 2000’s “Big Momma’s House” and 2001’s “Kingdom Come,” Father Doug Williams in both “A Haunted House” and “A Haunted House 2,” and a “man of God” in “Man of the House.”
On the small screen, Cedric portrayed Reverand Boyce Ballentine on both “Hot in Cleveland” and “The Soul Man.”
But the upcoming drama “First Reformed,” written and directed by Paul Schrader (“Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “American Gigolo”) and starring Ethan Hawke, marks Cedric Kyles’ first time portraying such a character.
No, Kyles is not the name of an up-and-coming actor; it’s Cedric’s full name, which he chose to go by to indicate that his character, Pastor Jeffers, won’t be like the singing, dancing Ballentine, for example.
In advance of his appearance at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel on Thursday, Cedric spoke with The Spokesman-Review about how he bounces between drama and comedy and the role Kim Jong Un has in his standup material.
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