Carl Payne Talks Playing L.A. Reid In The TLC Biopic And Struggling To Get Work After “Martin”

October 18, 2013  |  

There is tons of controversy surrounding VH1’s highly anticipated biopic, CrazyS*xyCool: The TLC Story. Much of that controversy has to do with people who are unhappy with the way they have been portrayed in the film. A great example is Perri “Pebbles” Reid, the ex-wife of mega producer L.A. Reid and former manager of TLC. Earlier this week she took to her Twitter account and threatened to take legal action against the group’s remaining members, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins. There hasn’t been much said about how L.A. Reid feels about his role in the film as of yet. But the actor who was cast to play L.A., Carl Payne, says he’s not too concerned with the controversy that surrounds this role.

“At the end of the day, if somebody feels some sort of way about it, then maybe that’s a good thing. I must have done something right,” Carl told Sister 2 Sister.

There has also been a lot of back and forth between the ladies and Pebbles regarding accusations that Pebbles mismanaged the group’s money. Carl says that he wouldn’t be surprised if the accusations were true, since these things happen all of the time in Hollywood.

“None of that surprised me at all. It’s like par for the course. I’ve heard and seen it happen a million times.”

He also shared why he chose to watch old interviews of L.A. to pick up his mannerisms, as opposed to sitting down and meeting with him personally.

“My contract was to read the script and do it well. That’s it…on to the next job.”

The 44-year-old actor went on to discuss life after Martin and why many producers didn’t want to take a chance on him after he played such a silly role on the sitcom.

“They didn’t even really want me in the room.”

Thankfully, some folks eventually decided to give him a chance to prove himself.

“It got easier because there were some people brave enough to give me an opportunity and they weren’t disappointed. “You just want your shot. It’s one thing if you get stopped before you get to the door, but at least let me in there.”

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