"I got to go into somebody's anus. It's not too often you get the opportunity to do that."

With what could be the 'Scrubs' series finale airing May 6, Donald Faison is looking to jumpstart the next chapter in his career (and eradicate any lingering memories of his last lead turn, in 2006's 'Homie Spumoni') when the gangster-heist-comedy 'Next Day Air' -- in which he plays a stoned courier who accidentally delivers a box full of drugs to the wrong apartment -- arrives in theaters on May 8.

Faison, or Mocha Bear as we like to call him, took a break from a mani-pedi with his girlfriend Cacee Cobb ("It's good bonding time," he assures us) to chat about his "dope" new dope flick, dish on the future (and past) of 'Scrubs,' and reveal whether there's any truth to those rumors of a 'Clueless 2.' As if!


It's been 14 years since Donald Faison first came to moviegoers' attention as the slightly immature (but still lovable) Murray in the teen comedy classic 'Clueless.' But for the past eight years, he's been best know for playing Chris Turk, a slightly immature (but still loveable) surgeon -- and heterosexual life partner to Zach Braff's J.D. -- on the ABC sitcom 'Scrubs.'

With what could be the 'Scrubs' series finale airing May 6, Faison is looking to jumpstart the next chapter in his career (and eradicate any lingering memories of his last lead turn, in 2006's 'Homie Spumoni') when the gangster-heist-comedy 'Next Day Air' -- in which he plays a stoned courier who accidentally delivers a box full of drugs to the wrong apartment -- arrives in theaters on May 8.

Faison, or Mocha Bear as we like to call him, took a break from a mani-pedi with his girlfriend Cacee Cobb ("It's good bonding time," he assures us) to chat about his "dope" new dope flick, dish on the future (and past) of 'Scrubs,' and reveal whether there's any truth to those rumors of a 'Clueless 2.' As if! -- By Tom DiChiara

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    In this TV publicity image released by ABC, Donald Faison, left, and Zach Braff are shown in a scene from the season finale of "Scrubs," airing Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. EDT on ABC. (AP Photo/ABC, Michael Ansell)

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    Actor Donald Faison (R) and Cacee Cobb arrive at the Los Angeles screening of "Next Day Air" at the ArcLight Cinemas on April 29, 2009 in Hollywood, California. "Next Day Air" Los Angeles Screening ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, CA United States April 29, 2009 Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage.com To license this image (57321597), contact WireImage.com

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    Actor Donald Faison (R) and Cacee Cobb at the Los Angeles screening of "Next Day Air" at the ArcLight Cinemas on April 29, 2009 in Hollywood, California. "Next Day Air" Los Angeles Screening ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, CA United States April 29, 2009 Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage.com To license this image (57321594), contact WireImage.com

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    Actor Donald Faison (R) and Cacee Cobb arrive at the Los Angeles screening of "Next Day Air" at the ArcLight Cinemas on April 29, 2009 in Hollywood, California. "Next Day Air" Los Angeles Screening ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, CA United States April 29, 2009 Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage.com To license this image (57321586), contact WireImage.com

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    HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 29: Actor Donald Faison and actor Chi McBride attend the after party for the screening of Summit Entertainment's "Next Day Air" on April 29, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Donald Faison;Chi McBride

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    HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 29: Actor Donald Faison and actress Yasmin Deliz attend the after party for the screening of Summit Entertainment's "Next Day Air" on April 29, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Donald Faison;Yasmin Deliz

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    HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 29: Actor Donald Faison and actor Mike Epps attend the after party for the screening of Summit Entertainment's "Next Day Air" on April 29, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Donald Faison;Mike Epps

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    HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 29: Actor Donald Faison and actor Mike Epps attend the after party for the screening of Summit Entertainment's "Next Day Air" on April 29, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Donald Faison;Mike Epps

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    HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 29: TV host Sal Masekela and actor Donald Faison attend the after party for the screening of Summit Entertainment's "Next Day Air" on April 29, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sal Masekela;Donald Faison

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    HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 29: Actor Donald Faison and actor Chi McBride attend the after party for the screening of Summit Entertainment's "Next Day Air" on April 29, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Donald Faison;Chi McBride

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1. You've been on a TV show for a while now. Was it refreshing to work on a movie like 'Next Day Air,' with violence and profanity and what not, where you basically have carte blanche to do and say anything?

Man, I'm going to be honest with you. I just wanted to be in something dope. I thought it was a great script. Wood Harris told me I should read it and meet with [director] Benny [Boom]. And I just wanted to work with Wood again [after 'Remember the Titans']. So when this came up, it was a no-brainer. And I personally really like the movie. I'm really excited with the choice that I made I guess [laughs]. ... But, yeah, you can't just make a movie with "motherf***ers" after "motherf***ers" and sh**. You can't just do that. But it was dope to have that free reign.



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2. There are a lot of rumors floating around that a 'Clueless' sequel is in the works. Do you think a sequel is a good idea, and would you want to be a part of it?

I haven't even heard about it, you know what I mean? Somebody just said to me, "They're going to do a 'Clueless' reunion." And I was like, "Well, I hope they call me." But it's a rumor. Nobody's contacted me or reached out to me.

3. ABC has confirmed that it's in talks to renew 'Scrubs' for a ninth season. Do you think you'd come back if it does get picked up? And how would that affect the ABC comedy pilot 'The Law' that you have on tap?

If 'Scrubs' does get picked up, I don't think anybody is going to say no. With 'The Law' -- just like 'Scrubs,' I have no idea. It depends what Steve McPherson decides to do this coming fall lineup. So I don't know what's going to happen. Will I be on 'Scrubs'? Will I be on 'The Law'? Or both? I don't know. Or it could be nothing. But I'm happy for the opportunities I'm getting right now.

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4. Do you have a favorite episode and fondest memory of 'Scrubs'?

Of course. I got to be Indiana Jones in an episode. I got to go into somebody's anus [laughs]. It's not too often you get the opportunity to do that. That was a lot of fun. And my favorite memory from the set was singing 'Jolly Holiday' with Dick Van Dyke. That was the coolest thing ever: Me playing guitar and him singing it, and me singing background with him is just dope. You can't beat that with a baseball bat.

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5. 'Scrubs' and a lot of your movies showcase your very formidable dancing skills, which put those of most mere mortals to shame. How'd you get so good?

Wow, I wish I could dance like freakin' Justin Timberlake. Oh man, that guy's a good dancer. Him and Beyonce -- pshew! [Laughs] You say I'm a good dancer? They're amazing dancers. I've just got a little bit of rhythm.

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