By: Donna Freydkin
When Cedric the Entertainer sits down for a haircut, he likens the experience to therapy.
"You divulge a lot of information. Next thing you know, you be revealing ideas you never told anyone else. I feel like you could do dogs with tuxedoes. A whole classy line of dog clothes. Dogs need to dress up," he says.
His "Barbershop: The Next Cut" costar Common shakes his head.
"That's the thing with your barber. He's going to give you the truth. He'll hear that dog with tuxedo idea and he'll be like, 'No, bro,'" says Common.
The two dish out plenty of truths in "Barbershop," opening Friday and co-starring Ice Cube, Eve, Tyga, Margot Bingham and J.B. Smoove. It's the third installment of the "Barbershop" movie series.
This time, it's a coed establishment, with riffs galore. But all jokes aside, the movie deals with topical issues, like gang violence in Chicago, and how a community can come together to fight it.
In real life, says Cedric, he totally spends ample time under the ministrations of his go-to hair guys.
"I got a barbershop in St. Louis, Unique Kutz. It's really typical of the barbershop in the movie. The owner is one of those guys who used to be in the streets and now he's a businessman. It's full of energy. In Los Angeles, I take my son a barbershop that has an old-school renaissance feel to it. It's a cool spot to be in," he says.
Common takes his haircut mobile. "He cuts me at my house now. But when I do go to him, it's at this place in Brooklyn called Legends, which I love. I've been going there since I first moved to New York. In LA, my barber will come cut me. He will hook it up."
But for him, the same intimacy and familiarity that the salon represents comes in the form of his close friends. "My barbershop experience now is, when my homies all come into town and we sit down and watch the game. That's the time I get to talk about anything. When I get to the barbershop, it's the same energy as in the movie, that freedom and authenticity," he says.
The movie is headlined by Ice Cube, who was just inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with his band N.W.A. And he closed out his interview here with an impromptu performance of "It Was a Good Day."
@icecube gave the folks a lil something after the @aol.build interview and I'll agree "today was a good day". Thank you @therealeve @common and good brother👌🏾 @cedtheentertainer for joining us! #aolbuild #nwa #barbershop #nyc #chicago #cast #actor #actress #film
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