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A larger-than-life personality who fills a room in more ways than one, comedian Anthony Anderson has drawn comparisons to everyone from Jackie Gleason to John Candy. With the release of the comedy "King's Ransom," Anderson takes center stage as Malcolm King, a manipulative millionaire whose wallet is almost as big as his mouth. While being kidnapped simultaneously by his wife, his mistress, some ex-employees and a clueless stranger in unconnected and equally inept crimes, Anderson takes a break from stealing scenes in movies like "Barbershop" and "Me, Myself & Irene" to act the part of getting stolen himself. He talked with MTV News' Larry Carroll about stripping his way through college, what shoes say about a man and why he'll never leave his comedic roots behind.

MTV: Your character, Malcolm King, seems like Donald Trump but with better hair.

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Anthony Anderson: Well, maybe Donald Trump with hair, because he's missing a whole lot. We're going to talk about that: What is [Trump's hair] doing? What is that whole Flowbee thing he's got going on? You can't even call it a comb-over. What is it? But you know what? He rocks it, and he was like, "Yeah, this is how I do it. This is how I do it. Now what?"

MTV: Were you thinking of Trump when you were acting out this rich, arrogant businessman?

Anderson: Malcolm was patterned after Trump, [media mogul] Earl Graves, [BET founder] Bob Johnson — you name it. I pulled different pieces from a lot of people to put him together and make him the egomaniac that he is, the arrogant ass that he is. And that's what it's about. That's what drives his character, and that's what drives the other characters in this film to do what they do.

MTV: This is a movie about desperate people doing desperate things for money. What's the most desperate thing you've ever done?

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Anderson: I was also a mascot for a gourmet-dessert delivery company in D.C. while I was a student at Howard University. I dressed in black dance tights, Chuck All Stars. They put silver glitter on me, silver gloves, a silver Lone Ranger mask, a white sweater with the emblem of the company I worked for, and a pink cape with a pink hat. My name was "Captain Craving." That's the most desperate thing I did to pay the rent. Thank God there are no pictures of that. I did that for six months.

MTV: Malcolm King believes that you can tell a lot about a person by the type of shoes he wears. What do your shoes say about you?

 "These shoes right here show a man of class and style, wealth, intellect ..." — Anthony Anderson

Anderson: These shoes right here [Looks down at his dress shoes] show a man of class and style, wealth, intellect. Did I say style? Wealth? Intellect? Fashion! Fashionable, man! I don't know what the hell your shoes are going to say about you. [Looks at reporter's dirty Nike sneakers.] Your shoes say comfortable, a man always on the go, that you really have disregard for other people's time because you know it's all about you.

MTV: You're known mostly for your comedic work, but you're drawing acclaim with your ongoing portrayal of a reformed street thug on "The Shield." Should your fans be concerned that you'll leave comedy behind?

Anderson: I'm not going to forsake comedy. But definitely, we're going that way, just to show what I can do outside of what I've been doing. I've been cast in Martin Scorsese's next film, "The Departed," opposite Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. It's a remake of a Hong Kong film called "Internal Affairs." Damon, DiCaprio and I come to the police academy together. It's really a story about a mole in the police department, and one in a gang, and the race to find them. I'm just one of the top cops who's a part of that.

MTV: If someone were to kidnap you, what would they be able to get?

Anderson: Not a damn thing. Don't nobody want this. You know, I don't even think my mama would pay. No, my mama would pay because I support her. She wants to keep that money coming in, so she would go into her savings and get what she could so she could make sure that I paid her bills. But from me? Nothing, because I ain't got nothing. I've got this watch, and these shoes, and that's about it.


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