LOS ANGELES – Cedric the Entertainer (search) never watched "The Honeymooners (search)" while growing up, so to prepare for his role as Ralph Kramden in the movie version of the classic TV show, he did his homework by watching all the old episodes on DVD.
"The Honeymooners" movie is an update of the show that aired for only one season (1955-56, on CBS) but still stands as one of TV's most beloved series. It chronicled the weekly travails of Ralph, the loudmouthed New York City bus driver, his long-suffering wife Alice and their neighbors, Ed and Trixie.
In the new movie, co-starring Mike Epps, Gabrielle Union and Regina Hall, Ralph (still a bus driver) concocts a series of get-rich-quick schemes with his friends.
Cedric, 41, says he picked up some of the mannerisms of the old show's creator and star, Jackie Gleason (search), while adding some of his own.
"He had such a distinct voice and attitude about playing Ralph, and so I thought it was important to try to develop a combination of those two things that the true purist could recognize, and at the same kind of do my own thing," Cedric told reporters recently.
The comedian says that, like Ralph Kramden, he "just can't sit still."
"That's why I do not just movies, but I still do standup, and I'm creating TV shows and I'm buying property. Now I'm trying to get into auto racing."
"The Honeymooners," rated PG-13, opens Friday.