Ken Jeong is in the new film Pain & Gain for a few scenes, but his role as Johnny Wu, a cheesy self-help guru, is a constant presence. In a recent interview with ReadExpress, he said he studied tapes, looked on YouTube for Tony Robbins while preparing for the role.
“There are good motivational speakers and bad ones, and I wanted to play a bad one. And I wanted to say stupid, empty things with authenticity. How do you yell empty catchphrases with such gravitas? That was the goal,” he said.
Read more of the Q&A here.