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THE MOVIE: Soul Plane

THE STARS:
Kevin Hart • Tom Arnold • Snoop Dogg • Mo’nique
DIRECTOR: Jessy Terrero

Along for the ride… THE CONCEPT:
In an updated, hip-hop, version of Airplane, Nashawn Wade (Hart) sues an airline, after going through a humiliating and horrific experience in the plane’s bathroom, and is awarded a $100 million settlement, which he uses to start his own airline. Employing an array of bizarre characters for the crew, including an aggressive security guard (Mo’nique) and drugged-out pilot (Snoop Dogg), the airline departs for its maiden voyage.

U.S. RELEASE: May 28 2004, Nationwide • Rated: R

THE COMMENTS:

JESSY TERRERO:
“I was looking for a script of Airplane meets Trading Places, and Soul Plane came along.”

KEVIN HUNT:
“I had a meeting with Jesse, who is a terrific guy. Basically, he explained to me the situation, ‘Look, this is my first feature film. This will be your first major starring role in the film. I’m willing to take a chance on you if you’re willing to take a chance on me.’ I said, ‘What do I have to lose?’”

MO’NIQUE (Jamiqua):
“I fly about 80 percent of the month, so I had to research this film whether I wanted to or not. I didn’t base the character on anyone, no one would be that bold or that crazy. She’s threatening. But after I read the script I had a different respect for the security guards, because they’re just doing their jobs.”

JESSY TERRERO:
“I think with the nature of this urban film, we were always walking a thin line not being PG-13. Just with the little bit of drug usage in the film it’s enough to get you an R rating. They gave me an R going into it, so I took it as far as I wanted to take it. I think kids are going to come and see this, and we actually pulled back a lot of stuff in the hopes that parents wouldn’t be afraid of taking their 15-year old sons to see it, or 15-year old daughters.”

SNOOP DOGG (Captain Mack):
“I told Jessy many times there was only one captain for his plane. When he called me to do this film, I said, ‘I’m your Captain Mack with the sack so lay your head back and enjoy the ride.’”

TERRERO:
“Snoop Dogg is known for his music and his rap skills, but he’s also got great comedic timing and a super sense of humor. Audiences will love him in this film.”

MO’NIQUE:
“There was a lot of adlibbing on this film, because we are comics. But it was also all in the script, because I respect the writers, so I made those my words and that’s what made it funny. They bring it what they do, and they trust us that we’re bringing it what we do.”

HUNT:
“I don’t like to fly. So when I do get on a plane, I just slip the cover over my head and go to sleep. I don’t like to talk, I don’t like to fly!”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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