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"Sam Jackson says Rappers shouldn't act"


  

          

and I agree. Isaiah Washington said something similar when Romeo Must Die came out. Unless the person has "chops" they shouldn't be getting lead roles in movies.

From ew.com:
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Samuel L. Jackson disses rappers-turned-actors. The ''Star Wars'' Jedi resents the trend of hip-hoppers taking roles away from trained thespians or working alongside established movie actors like himself by Gary Susman

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Jackson derides the current ''rappers who act'' trend


Samuel L. Jackson costarred with rapper Eve on the upcoming film ''XXX,'' but don't think he was too happy about it. In fact, he tells the Sacramento Bee, he so resents acting alongside rappers that he won't even read scripts for movies where rappers are being considered for lead roles. ''To take people from the music world and give them the same kind of credibility and weight that you give me, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker -- that's like an aberration to me; you just can't do that,'' he says. ''It's not my job to lend credibility to so-and-so rapper who's just coming into the business.''

Jackson especially loathes the idea that rappers are taking roles from theater-trained thespians like himself or lesser-known trained actors. ''I know there's some young actor sitting in New York or in L.A. who's spent half of his life learning how to act and sacrificing to learn his craft but isn't going to get his opportunity ... because of some actor who's been created -- and you can use the word 'actor' loosely,'' he says.

Still, Jackson has appeared in movies where rappers held supporting roles, including ''Sphere'' (with Queen Latifah), ''Deep Blue Sea'' (with LL Cool J), and ''Shaft'' (with Busta Rhymes). And he even musters kind words for one rapper-turned-actor, Will Smith. Smith's role in ''Ali,'' for which he became the first rapper nominated for an acting Oscar, ''takes him out of that Fresh-Prince-is-saving-the-world-as-an-Air-Force-pilot thing and gives him some credibility as an actor,'' Jackson says. Nonetheless, he says of rappers, ''They do what they do, we do what we do. I don't think you can take your average rapper and put him in 'Changing Lanes' and it would be the same movie.''

If it's any consolation, some rappers feel the same way. On its new song, ''Playa Hata Degree,'' the duo MaddWest raps, ''I hate all these rappers in movies that shouldn't be actin'/Except for Will Smith, and that cat shouldn't be rappin'.''


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Sam Jackson says Rappers shouldn't act [View all] , nipsey, Mon Jul-22-02 06:02 AM
 
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DoesntHaveAnyClout.
Jul 22nd 2002
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RE: DoesntHaveAnyClout.
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      YesItDid.
Jul 24th 2002
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           Well in that case...
Jul 24th 2002
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Sam is the man
Jul 22nd 2002
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RE: Sam is the man
Jul 22nd 2002
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RE: Sam is the man
Jul 22nd 2002
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that would be Hill Harper
Jul 22nd 2002
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      RE: that would be Hill Harper
Jul 22nd 2002
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      Spike's argument
Jul 22nd 2002
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           RE: Spike's argument
Jul 22nd 2002
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           what about stunt doubles?
Jul 23rd 2002
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           you know that inevitable shot in hoop movies
Jul 23rd 2002
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           LoveAndBasketball.
Jul 24th 2002
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      who could easily
Jul 22nd 2002
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      RE: that would be Hill Harper
Jul 23rd 2002
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Mos wasn't convincing to me...
Jul 22nd 2002
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RE: Sam is the man
Jul 24th 2002
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Questions
Jul 22nd 2002
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RE: Questions
Jul 22nd 2002
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he takes himself too seriously
Jul 22nd 2002
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I agree
Jul 22nd 2002
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I dissagree
Jul 22nd 2002
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      Nahhh
Jul 22nd 2002
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reading between the lines
Jul 22nd 2002
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but what's the ratio of white rappers to blk rappers???
Jul 22nd 2002
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      Rock stars to
Jul 23rd 2002
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           m'sayin
Jul 24th 2002
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RE: Sam Jackson says Rappers shouldn't act
Jul 22nd 2002
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      RE: Sam Jackson says Rappers shouldn't act
Jul 22nd 2002
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best part of article
Jul 22nd 2002
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phonte says crackheads shouldn't act
Jul 22nd 2002
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he's right, of course
Jul 22nd 2002
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RE: he's right, of course
Jul 22nd 2002
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RE: he's right, of course
Jul 22nd 2002
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that's my point
Jul 22nd 2002
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RE: he's right, of course
Jul 23rd 2002
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A historical perspecitve
Jul 22nd 2002
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its true
Jul 22nd 2002
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a good actor should act...
Jul 22nd 2002
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havin had read the article...
Jul 22nd 2002
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RE: Sam Jackson says Rappers shouldn't act
Jul 23rd 2002
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will smith touched on this
Jul 23rd 2002
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why stop there?
Jul 24th 2002
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