Saturday, November 27, 2021

Terry Crews says ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Cancellation was ‘Heartbreaking’

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*Terry Crews joined Buzzfeed’s AM to DM to talk Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s big move to NBC, Deadpool 2 and how his life has changed since his sharing his #MeToo story.

Watch the full interview HERE with highlights below.

On Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s cancellation:
“We were totally expecting to go right back season 6 on Fox. We had no clue…I was mourning. There were tears. We were just like, ‘if I never see you again, I love you.’ I love this cast. It was the most heartbreaking, sad thing because we love each other. This is my second family.”

What support of Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans means to him:
“You start to wonder, maybe we weren’t that good. But then all of a sudden the internet was like ‘HELL NO!’ Mark Hamill, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sean Astin…everybody on the internet was flipping. It was the #1 trending topic all over… We heard maybe Hulu or Netflix would pick us up. We got hope. Then Hulu passed. Then Netflix passed…I literally wake up in the middle of the night 30 hours later — we got picked up by NBC! It was the most unreal feeling. It’s still raw.”

On playing Sergeant Terry Jeffords:
“They steal from my life and put it into the character. I’ve never played a character more like me. They’re mimicking my life. It’s something that’s very close to me and who I am. The only thing I’m not is a police officer…I might have to join the force after this.”

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Adam Venit (left) is accused of groping Terry Crews at a party last year
Adam Venit (left) and Terry Crews

How life has changed since his #MeToo story:
“The reason I even came forward in the first place was because people were really dogging out all of the women that came forward. This whole toxic masculinity thing is real…I just wanted these women to know that they weren’t alone. Imagine the courage that it takes to say that this happened to you and have no one believe you.. I added my voice, then all of a sudden everything changed for me. I was #MeToo also…Since then, thousands and thousands of men have to come me and said ‘this happened to me, too.’”

Advice to men in the #MeToo era:
“One thing I tell men all the time, ‘never ever speak for women.’ What we need to do as men is to check other men… As a man, if you see something like that, you’ve got to say “this is not right.’ Hold people accountable.”

Playing a superhero in Deadpool 2:
“It feels damn good! When I grew up, there were very few black superheros to look up to….The big thing is that when I was a kid, there were very racist superhero characters…To see what’s happening now, to see Black Panther we did this movie before the whole Black Panther phenomenon. Ryan Coogler called me up and said ‘I need you to be a part of what we’re doing here.’…It’s absolutely phenomenal what he’s done to the genre…Ryan kills it.”

AM to DM airs live every day on BuzzFeed News via Twitter and live.twitter.com/AM2DM at 10am EST. Follow along @AM2DM using #AM2DM!

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