Michael Ealy: The show is influenced by those great ’80s buddy cop movies, whether it be “48 HRS.,” “Lethal Weapon,” even “Stir Crazy.” The whole point of the buddy cop comedy is they have to disagree. You have to fall in love with both characters. They’ve got to complement each other and at the same time be the only two guys who can push each other’s buttons.
Zap2it: How did you and Warren Kole develop your chemistry?
Michael Ealy: This might sound completely manufactured and phony, but we did not do anything to bolster chemistry. It was there. I read with a lot of guys for that character, and the chemistry between me and Warren, it’s just there. For the pilot, everybody was astounded that there was so much chemistry between us. Even I was when I saw it. I was like, “Wow. Yeah.”
Zap2it: Does the black-white dynamic come much into play?
Michael Ealy: No. It’s not a big deal. That’s kind of appropriate for 2012. Things have progressed, and ultimately at the end of the day, whether one is black and one is white, these guys are brothers. They depend on each other.
Zap2it: Is comedy truly tougher to do than drama?
Michael Ealy: This has by far been the most difficult job I’ve ever had. The majority of my career has been spent playing dramatic characters … but it’s harder to work 15 hours and be full of energy and witty all day long. The level of respect I have for comedians has just skyrocketed.
“Common Law” airs Fridays on USA.