Terry Crews is nothing if not persistent. He’s been throwing his hat into the Luke Cage ring for a while now. There was a lot of speculation about a Luke Cage movie when Marvel was just setting up its Cinematic Universe. Now that Marvel has committed to a Luke Cage series on Netflix, many of those same actors that expressed a desire to wrap chains around their waist and knock criminal heads as one of Marvel’s greatest black superheros are vying for attention from the Marvel casting crew.In a recent press interview for The Expendables 3 with IGN, Crews was asked about the Luke Cage role had a lot to say.
When asked about the Netflix series:
I would love to do Luke Cage, I heard they finally green-lit that whole thing and I would love to do something like that.
When asked about his favorite superhero and comic book Crews said:
I have so many. I have to go back to Luke Cage just because he was our Superman. There were no African-American superheroes out there. He was the first. He was the man. He was the one. The only example we could look at.
I remember then seeing Falcon and a couple of others. Even in the D.C. Universe there was Cyborg. But Luke Cage was the original one where you said ‘This is me. This is my guy. This is the character.’ So he’s the equivalent to Superman for me. But I have plenty. Second to Luke Cage would probably be The Hulk. The Hulk was amazing.
If you have read any comments from the past times that Crews has expressed his desire for the role the main worry fans have is that Crews is mainly known for his comedic acting. He’s great at playing the big guy that brings the laughs. That makes people worry that he won’t be able to bring the hard knocks to the character. I would point to his role in Everyone Hates Chris. There were more than one moment when he really brought the dramatic side to the front of that role.
Who could forget that epic moment when Crews performed the first Nip Sync with Jimmy Fallon?
For everyone that says that they fear Crews comedic side, just look at what made Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy so fantastic, the injection of comedy at specific points of each movie. Once you take the funny stuff out of Marvel’s movies you might as well just have Christopher Nolan make every superhero movie. Comedy is intrinsic to Marvel movies. Why not get a guy that has proven comedic and dramatic talents like Crews?
Can Crews fit the Luke Cage into his already busy Brooklyn 911 shooting schedule? Most likely he could. Brooklyn 911 shoots in California while the Luke Cage series will shoot in New York, so he would have to do some traveling, but it’s not impossible to work out.
I’d be happy to see Crews play Luke Cage, but only after Idris Elba has turned it down.