David Mann is best known for his role on the Tyler Perry’s TV show “Meet The Browns” where his real-life wife Tamela played his daughter, but he’s now branching out to movies. Mann plays Hobo Joe in the faith-based movie “The Ultimate Life,” alongside Peter Fonda and Lee Meriweather.
“A bum with a message,” Mann says of his role, one of the rare serious roles in his career so far. Mann says that it has some parallel to his real -life struggles with wife Tamela. The couple was once so broke they didn’t have windshield wipers.
“We couldn’t go nowhere,” says Mann. “We had the bright idea to just tie to clothes hangers to the windshield and just roll on. We were wet when we got there, but we made it. That’s a true story.”
The Manns, who have been married over 20 years, remarried this year, since they’d never had a wedding.
“Truth be told, and don’t you tell Tam this, I will never do that again. It was drama. Who to invite, where to go, etc. We could have just took a trip for all that money.”
In “The Ultimate Life” directed by Michael Landon, Jr., Mann’s character counsels a billionaire who hasn’t taken time to truly appreciate his accomplishments. The story centers on his grandson, who has gotten so caught up in running his grandfather’s foundation that he’s missing out on his life.
Through the grandfather’s journals, the grandson eventually learns to value the important things in his life. The movie is both the sequel and prequel to “The Ultimate Gift.” Mann says while he enjoyed the work, his big mistake was agreeing to do his own stunts.
“You’ll see in the movie I was running beside the train, and I said ‘I can do this’ until I looked down and saw those wheels that could cut me in half. I yelled ‘Cut’ myself!”
“The Ultimate Life” is in select theaters today, click here to buy tickets. Check out the trailer below.