How Terry Crews Was Suckered into His 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Role

Sometimes if you really want to be persuasive, you need to get creative.

Actor Terry Crews recently explained how he ended up in his co-staring role on 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', which moves from Fox to NBC for its 6th season premiere tonight (January 10). Turns out, he was kind of suckered into it, according to a new installment of “Actually Me” from GQ.

When one Quora user asks if his character, who is also named Terry, was, in fact, named after him, he revealed that yes, show creators Dan Goor and Michael Schur did name the character Terry in hopes of luring the actor into the role.

Apparently, Crews was considering three pilots at the time, but was swayed after Brooklyn Nine-Nine producers told him he was going to feel “horrible” because somebody else would be going around with his name on TV.

“I went, ‘Your bastards! You bastards!'" he said. “Of course I’ll do it.”

He doesn’t just share his name with the character either. He also mentions in the video that the writers added his real-life love of yogurt into the show after seeing him regularly eat it on set.

The modern day renaissance man also discusses his art skills, workout regimen and playing the flute in the full video below.

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