The Barbershop franchise may not have superheroes — but it certainly has staying power. With the third film, Barbershop: The Next Cut, hitting theaters on Friday (April 15), People’s Choice sat down with the all-star cast — including Barbershop vets like Ice Cube, Cedric The Entertainer and Anthony Anderson and new faces like Nicki Minaj, Deon Cole and Common — to get their take on the success of the series so far and what’s coming up next.
“I knew that when we were working on the original Barbershop, we had something special just by all of us coming together and just fun we had on set,” Anderson told People’s Choice during the film’s press junket. “We could only hope the audience would respond to that. And here we are 14 years later, 3 films deep into a franchise.”
Ice Cube, who is the franchise's mainstay star since 2002 and one the producers, attributed the success of the films to the reliability of the characters.
"We were just hoping people could understand a little slice of life, a little piece of our culture," explained Ice Cube. "And here we are years later and it looks like we got something pretty good. People love these characters and hopefully they'll love this movie."
But looking to the future, is there more room for the story of the 'shop past three films?
"I would definitely be apart of Barbershop 4 if it was something they would go for," explained Common, who's making his first appearance in the franchise with this film. "It still has to have value to it. It's still just like quality material because ultimately, what made me what to be a part of it was this was a quality script."
Echoing his sentiments, Anderson continued to say that the film is important because "it means something. It's speaking to people, it's something we feel passionate about."
Continuing the shop talk conversation, Barbershop: The Next Cut hits theaters this Friday, April 15.