On Wednesday night at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, some of the biggest names in music, including Snoop Dogg and Keri Hilson, came out to support T.I., Chris Brown and the rest of the cast of “Takers” at the film’s world premiere.
Co-stars Idris Elba, Hayden Christensen and Michael Ealy lined the red carpet. Along with Paul Walker — who was absent because of filming for the next installment of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise in Puerto Rico — the trio play members of a team of bank robbers that includes Brown and Tip. In the film, the crew sets out to rob tens of millions of dollars from an armored truck. The action flick is filled with flying bullets, chases and explosions, but the King of the South said he couldn’t really take part in the more physical aspects of filming.
“To be candid, they wasn’t allowing me to do many stunts myself,” T.I., who was married over the weekend, said on the red carpet. “Due to the circumstance of my personal [troubles], I witnessed a lot of them [instead]: the explosions, the shoot-outs, the chase scene with Chris. They’re outstanding.”
During filming in early 2009, Tip was in the midst of a legal saga stemming from a federal gun case. “Takers” has been in the vault for quite some time, but neither the action nor the story feels dated, and on August 27 the rest of the world will get to see the stars try to pull off an elaborate heist.
“We worked hard,” Tip told MTV News. “I think all of this is just a result of the hard work that was put into the project. Everybody gave 150 percent. Nobody laid back, nobody took off — everybody went hard. This is the result of that.”
After the film, you know it’s the afterparty.
The stars headed to L.A.’s Boulevard3, where Tip took the stage with Keri Hilson for a performance of “Got Your Back.” Not to be outdone, Chris Brown performed as well. C. Breezy focused on dancing and, midway through his set, hyped the crowd to the sounds of a few other artists’ hit records like “Shots,” “Teach Me How to Dougie” and DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win.” He told anyone over the age of 30 to party like they were 17, before shifting to reggae (he threw in some hip-hop moves). Later, Chris revived some ’90s R&B, singing a bit of R. Kelly’s “Bump N’ Grind” and Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.” Brown also rocked a handful of songs such as “Deuces” with guest/mixtape partner Tyga.