By EW Staff
Updated April 21, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT
The Honeymooners: Jonathan Hession

Cedric the Entertainer had never really seen the Jackie Gleason sitcom until after Paramount cast him as Ralph Kramden in the film. ”I remember, as a kid, watching [Gleason’s] variety show, when he had the girls and the cigarettes — big-daddy smooth,” Cedric recalls. He says he didn’t want to impersonate Gleason as much as capture Ralph’s ”disposition,” but he couldn’t rely too heavily on Kramden’s signature To the moon, Alice! ”It’s not politically correct to talk about whopping your wife nowadays,” notes Cedric astutely.