Cash Money Records’ Bow Wow has opened up about his thoughts on going Hollywood and what turns him off the most when watching an emcee try his or her hand at acting on the big screen.
While Bow Wow encourages artists’ endeavors, seeing them take on typical roles frustrates him.
“I’m always looking for a role that’s a challenge,” Bow Wow said in an interview. “I hate when I’m watching rappers in movies, because it pisses me off when I see them still being the rapper and I try to stay away from that. Anything that’s a challenge is something that I up for. Nobody knows this, but the craziest thing that I did not do was ‘Big Mama’s House 3.’ They wanted me to be the role that Brandon T. Jackson played, but I passed because I was scared of that sh*t. I feel like I’m ready to take my career to the next level, but it’s all about making the right decisions and I feel like I made the right decision by not making that particular film. It’s kind of like, if a role is not fit for you and you’ll know if it’s not because you’ll just have that feeling once you read it, and that’s how I felt.” (Baller Status)
Last year, Bow Wow’s Cash Money/Young Money labelmate Drake revealed his disinterest in taking typical rapper movie roles.
“That’s probably my biggest goal is to get back into acting and really pick the right projects,” he said in an interview. “I’ve been reading different scripts but I know what I want to do and what type of project I want to be involved in and I’ve just been getting the typical projects that they’d offer to a new rapper, and it’s like, ehh. That’s not really what I want to do, or how I see myself…I can actually act. I’ve studied acting. I’ve studied the craft and I’m also very open to receiving a role and committing my time whether it’s two weeks, a month, two months, before the movie starts shooting to really get into that role. Like I know what it is to do character research and really live as someone else in preparation for a movie, so that’s something I’m willing to do. I care about acting a lot so I’m excited to get back into it.” (XXL Mag)
Drizzy’s manager Cortez Bryant later said the rapper was focused on challenging himself.
“We wanna start entertaining these movie offers. Drake is looking to come out with the role no one else expects. He’s not gonna be the teen heartthrob or the college kid. He wants roles where he can show his acting skills. Like a sci-fi or action picture.” (VIBE)
Earlier this year, Bow Wow publicly stated his interest at playing a role in the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic.
Rapper/actor Bow Wow is campaigning for a role in the new Tupac Shakur biopic. The young star has taken to Twitter.com to beg director Antoine Fuqua for a part in the upcoming film. “I want to play Shock G or be one of the Outlawz in the New 2Pac movie. Mr Antoine Fuqua holla at ya boy… I’m ready.” Fuqua is currently casting the film, and recently revealed he’s on the hunt for talented unknowns to portray Tupac’s ex-girlfriends Jada Pinkett and Kidada Jones. (Ace Showbiz)
Check out some recent Bow Wow footage below: