News: Nicki Minaj On Her Pursuit of Happiness, "He's A Very Successful Rapper-Turned-Actor..."

Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 5:25PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Hip-hop starlet Nicki Minaj has further expressed her enthusiasm to further her career by hitting the big screen, and shares that she desires to star opposite Hollywood blockbuster actor Will Smith.

In addition to Smith, Minaj said her dream director remains to be Tim Burton.

As far as her acting aspirations go, she's looking for a bit more than the usual rapper-to-actor transitions (meaning we won't be seeing Nicki's version of Killa Season). "I want to work with Will Smith, because he's a very successful rapper-turned-actor and therefore a role model," Minaj said. "And Tim Burton because I love his crazy imagination. He comes up with these characters that are just so fascinating and the costumes and just creates these whole worlds." (Entertainment Weekly)

Last winter, the self-proclaimed "Barbie" revealed her aspiration to follow in the same footsteps as female actress Angelina Jolie.

"I'd like to play someone in a Tim Burton movie, where I get dressed up and painted and crazy," Minaj reveals within her cover feature interview. "Then I want to be able to do some action stuff, like Angelina Jolie...And then I'd like to just play a regular girl who, you know, is facing the world. Something really sentimental and organic, that girls all around the world can identify with. You know, how Jada Pinkett Smith did in Jason's Lyric." (KING)

Around mid-September, unreleased footage of Minaj acting in a film entitled Stuck On Broke landed online.

You may already be familiar with her aliases Roman Zolanski, Nicki Lewinsky, and Harajuku Barbie. Now Nicki Minaj takes on a new role in this lost scene from the 2009 independent movie Stuck on Broke starring OJ Da Juiceman. A stripped-down Minaj, seen without her colorful wigs, plays the part of Veronica in this emotional scene, cut from the flick after she was unable to shoot additional scenes due to scheduling conflicts. "We recognized Nicki's talent early, [but] unfortunately it didn't work out," said the film's producers. (Rap-Up)

Last year, New York rapper-turned-actor Busta Rhymes said Minaj should consider hitting the big screen.

"A lot of the times we get stuck into these characters where we kind of become slaves to those characters; we sound a particular kind of a way all of the time," he explained in an interview. "I'm never saying that it's not a good thing. We should always trademark certain things about us so that people can identify with it off the top. But it's always good to be able to show people how diversified you are and what you're capable of outside your comfort zone...It feels like she ain't got no problem displaying that...I probably think the one thing she need to do that she ain't did yet was show up in a couple of these movies...and it's a wrap. She get a couple of these movies and steal the scenes that she's in the same way she do it on these records, she going to put the nail in the coffin with that." (MTV)

Check out a recent Nicki Minaj interview down below:

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