Common the rapper has managed to successfully transition from music to Hollywood! As you may be aware, following cameos in a few films, he finally landed his very first major acting role as a bodyguard in Smokin’ Aces.
The man opened up about the behind the scenes of the whole things and shared with Complex that he nearly didn’t get the part due to his rap persona.
But he proved himself and so, in the years to come, he kept working in the film industry, being part of projects such as Date Night, Terminator Salvation and Now You See Me – all pretty diverse films!
In 2014, he played James Bevel in Selma, receiving an Oscar for Best Original Song, ‘Glory.’
Soon enough, he also acted in Barbershop: The Next Cut, Suicide Squad as well as John Wick: Chapter 2.
In an exclusive interview with ET, the rapper and actor shared: ‘What I look for [in the projects I pick] are characters where I can do something different and where I can really learn. Iron sharpens iron, so basically I know I can learn and grow from working with visionaries.’
Now, Common is passionate about acting and is recognized as more than just a ‘rapper cast in a movie.’
‘I really love acting as an art form, and I am striving for greatness in this craft and expression. I definitely feel like I have been growing,’ he added.
All About Nina premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is about a female stand-up comedian who struggles in her career as well as in her romance following an abusive relationship.
‘When I read the script, I thought it was very fresh. [My character Rafe] wasn’t too cool. He was an honest and open guy. It is something I strive for as a human being.’
Similarly enough, Blue Night and The Tale are also films directed by women and with very strong female leads in which Common plays a supporting player to them.
Despite that, it definitely does not take away from his presence on screen.
Director Winstead has stated that she is actually very grateful to the rapper for stepping into ‘these kinds of movies with female filmmakers and supporting those voices. We need people like him who are both talented and strong and choosing to work with female filmmakers.’
Common also shared that: ‘I always appreciate a woman being able to express who she is. I just want to bring my best to the story and to the character and to the partnership that we have as actors and actresses in creating projects – because we are all in it together.’