Pras - Giving Haiti "Sweet Micky for President"

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Former Fugees member Pras talks about campaigning with Haitian performer-turned-politician Michel Martelly in his documentary "Sweet Micky for President." (5:28)

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>> Trevor: PLEASE WELCOMEPRAS!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Trevor: THANK YOU SO MUCH FORBEING HERE.

THIS IS GOOD.

YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'RE RUNNING FORPRESIDENT.

DOESN'T HE LOOK SHARP?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

YOU LOOK GREAT, MAN.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Trevor: THANK YOU VERY MUCHFOR COMING TO THE SHOW.

I WATCHED THE MOVIE, THEDOCUMENTARY.

AMAZING STORY.

SO YOU PICKED UP THE PHONE,CALLED A FRIEND AND SAID, YO,

YOU NEED TO BE PRESIDENT?

>> YEAH.

YEAH.

LITERALLY, AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE,I FELT LIKE I NEEDED TO DO

SOMETHING FOR HAITI.

SO THE FIRST PERSON WHO CAME TOMY MIND WAS SWEET MICKY.

I DIDN'T REALIZE HE USED TO WEARDIAPERS ON STAGE AND WHATNOT.

>> Trevor: YOU DIDN'T?

>> I KNEW HE WAS CRAZY, BUT IDIDN'T REALIZE IT BECAUSE I WENT

TO MY DIRECTOR, BEN PATTERSON --

>> Trevor: OH, THIS MAKES SOMUCH MORE SENSE!

>> YEAH, I WENT TO MY DIRECTORAND SAID I'M SUPPORTING THIS GUY

NAMED MICHEL MARTELLY AND I'MGOING TO PRESIDENT.

HE SAID, I'VE BEEN GOOGLINGTHIS IS A GUY, BUT ALL THAT

KEEPS COMING UP IS THIS GUY WITHDIAPERS ON.

HE SAID, SURELY IT CAN'T BE HIM.

I SAID, YEAH, SWEET MICKY.

HE SAID, OKAY.

>> Trevor: YOU DON'T BACKDOWN.

LET'S TAKE IT A STEP BACK.

YOU WERE BORN AND RAISED INNEW YORK?

>> YES.

>> Trevor: OF HAITIAN DESCENT?

YES.

>> Trevor: THE EARTHQUAKETAKES PLACE AND HAITI IS

DEVASTATED.

WE SAW IT ON THE NEWS, PEOPLEDONATING MONEY, IT WAS A

TRAVESTY, BUT HAITI, THIS ISINSANE, WHAT, 200 YEARS --

>> YEAH, WON INDEPENDENCE IN1804.

>> Trevor: 200 YEARS OFINDEPENDENCE?

>> YES.

>> Trevor: HOW MANYDEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED LEADERS?

>> TWO.

>> Trevor: WHO BOTH LIVED 100YEARS?

(LAUGHTER)

SO BASICALLY, THERE ISNO DEMOCRACY AT THIS POINT.

>> THE FIRST ELECTED DEMOCRATICPRESIDENT WAS IN 1990.

THIS GUY NAMED ARISTIDE.

THEN THERE WAS A COUP, SOMEONEELSE CAME IN, THEN ARISTIDE CAME

BACK, THEN THAT PERSON CAME BACKAGAIN.

MICHEL BROKE THE MOLD.

I DON'T KNOW WHY I THOUGHT SWEETMICKY WOULD BE THE GUY.

I JUST THOUGHT HE WAS SOPAPILLAR IN HAITI.

HE WAS THE MICHAEL JACKSON OFHAITI.

I THOUGHT A POPULAR GUY COULDCOME IN AND INSPIRE THE PEOPLE

AND BREAK THE MOLD.

THAT'S WHAT I WAS THINKINGABOUT.

SO WHEN I REALIZED HIS ANTICS, IWAS ALREADY DEEP IN.

SO I HAD TO GO.

>> Trevor: DO YOU THINKSOMEBODY HAS DONE THIS WITH

DONALD TRUMP AND BEN CARSON?

(LAUGHTER)

LIKE, IS THERE A POSSIBILITYTHAT SOMEONE SAID, YOU NEED TO

RUN?

AND NOW THEY'RE, LIKE, OH!

I'M TOO DEEP IN!

BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW.

YOU'VE GOT A CANDIDATETHROUGH -- HE WASN'T EVEN A

POLITICIAN?

>> NO.

>> Trevor: STRAIGHT-ONMUSICIAN?

>> WE JUST SAW ON THE VIDEO.

>> Trevor: YEAH, THAT THING HEWAS DOING.

>> YEAH.

>> Trevor: WE ALL SAW THAT.

>> THAT'S WHERE HE WAS.

>> Trevor: AND YOU THOUGHTTHIS GUY COULD RUN.

IF I'M TO BRING IT BACK TOAMERICA, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF

PEOPLE ARE SAYING THESECANDIDATES ARE DOING WELL, BEN

CARSON, CARLY FIORINA, DONALDTRUMP, BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT

CAREER POLITICIANS.

YOU'VE SHOWN IT CAN BE DONE.

PEOPLE THOUGHT SWEET MICKY WAS AJOKE.

>> WHEN I FIRST CALLED MY DAD, ISAID, I HAVE TO ASK YOU ADVICE,

I'M SUPPORTING A CANDIDATE FORHAITI.

HE SAID, WHO?

I SAID, MICHEL MARTELLY.

THERE WAS A LONG PAUSE -- ANDTHEN HE HUNG UP ON ME.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Trevor: DID YOU CALL HIMBACK?

>> HE WAS LIKE, THIS KID HAS TOBE OUT OF HIS MIND.

>> Trevor: SO YOU SUPPORT THEGUY, PUT YOUR RESOURCES BEHIND

HIM AND GET HIM IN THE GAME.

YOU GUYS KNOW NOTHING ABOUTPOLITICS.

>> NOTHING.

>> Trevor: YOU GO INTO THERACE.

THE NEXT THING, YOU'RE MAKING UPGROUND.

YOU THE FRONTRUNNERS.

THIS SOUNDS EERILY FAMILIAR.

THEN YOU DECIDE WE NEED TOFIGURE OUT A CAMPAIGN.

>> AT THAT POINT WE REALIZE WENEED ADD CAMPAIGN MANAGER

BECAUSE EVERYBODY KEPT SAYINGYOU GUYS LOOK LIKE YOU'RE GOING

ON TOUR BECAUSE EVERYWHERE HE'DGO, HE WOULD PERFORM.

HE WAS, LIKE, THIS IS POLITICS.

YOU CAN'T SING, YOU HAVE TOTALK.

>> Trevor: HE'S TALKINGEXACTLY LIKE DONALD TRUMP.

THERE IS A LINE IN THE MOVIEWHERE HE'S IN THE INTERVIEW AND

THE GUY SAYS, YOU'RE ANENTERTAINER, A PERFORMER, AND HE

SAYS, THAT'S THE CHARACTER.

HE SAYS, THAT'S A CHARACTER, ASEPARATE PERSON.

>> YEAH, HE WAS TRYING TO SAYSWEET MICKY AND MICHEL

MARTELLY ARE TWO DIFFERENTPEOPLE.

>> Trevor: AND HE WAS SAYINGDONALD TRUMP THE CANDIDATE AND

THE MAN ARE TWO DIFFERENTPEOPLE.

>> YES.

>> Trevor: WOULD YOU RUNTRUMP'S CAMPAIGN?

>> NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

>> Trevor: BECAUSE THAT WOULDBE CRAZY.

FASCINATING STORY, I CAN;TRECOREMEND IT ENOUGH.

"SWEET MICKY FOR PRESIDENT."

OPENS IN LOS ANGELES FRIDAY ANDIN NEW YORK NOVEMBER 20th.

PRAS, THANK YOU SO MUCH, FORBEING HERE.!

>> THANK YOU.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)