Exclusive: "I'm Tryna Really Be The Young Will Smith, That Torch Gotta Be Passed Down"
Wednesday, Sep 7, 2011 3:20PM
In between recording sessions, Cash Money artist Bow Wow is working on his thespian aspirations, as he discusses the DVD release of Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family and his plans to expand his onscreen presence.
Bow told SOHH that fans should check for the DVD release, as well as look for him to star in a more serious role in his upcoming film project.
"For everybody who hasn't seen [Madea's Big Happy Family] this is your opportunity to go get it. Of course, there's crazy features on the [DVD]: Behind-the-scenes, deleted scenes, its a must have ... alotta people don't realize that when actors improv some of their scenes, it's alot like freestyling a rap. So anything that you thoRught shoulda been in the film, is probably on the DVD. Every movie that I do, I'mma just continue to step it up. I'm tryna really be the young Will Smith out here -- that torch gotta be passed down one day, I just gotta be sure I'm first in line. I just wrapped up a movie in New York right around Spring that's called Recall. I play a soldier who's son is dying of stage 4 lung cancer so I go AWOL right before [my unit] deploys to Iraq." (SOHH)
Although Recall finds him serving time in the Armed Forces, Bow Wow expressed interest in portraying a person in the life of fallen emcee Tupac Shakur in the upcoming biopic.
"I know I probably couldn't play Tupac, just 'cause that role right there may be better for somebody that looks like Pac. Roles like that are very sketchy, everybody has their opinion on who they believe should play that role. So either I wanted to play Shock G or one of The Outlawz. Just being a fan of hip-hop, I think everybody wants to be a part of that film in some way."(SOHH)
Rapper Soulja Boy, who has previously expressed interest in hitting it big in Hollywood, recently fell under attack after firing some less than complimentary lyrics at soldiers of the United States military.
TMZ spoke with Fred A. Flores -- a retired Marine who is now a commissioner for the L.A. County Veteran's Advisory Commission. Flores tells us, "It's a very offensive statement ... especially with the 10th anniversary of 9/11 coming up." Flores -- who has two children currently serving in the military -- calls Soulja "Ungrateful" ... adding, "He should apologize to ALL armed forces." "[The rap] is very irresponsible," Flores stated ... "especially for a person who is an entertainer for the youth of our country." (TMZ)
Outside of acting aspirations, Bow Weezy recently spoke about the joys and trials of being a celebrity dad.
"Fatherhood is beautiful, know what I mean? I can't complain, it made me a better rapper, and a better man," Bow Wow told SOHH. "It made me see life differently. Clearly. It made me turn into a man overnight. I love it. It gets kinda difficult to [spend time in public] because fatherhood is kinda the hot story that's around me right now, everybody wants to know [about us]. I was out in L.A. and everybody's trying their best to get pictures of my daughter, so you know, it's not easy."(SOHH)
Check out a clip of Bow Wow in Madea's Big Happy Family, now on DVD, below: