T.I. DETERMINED TO MAKE IT IN HOLLYWOOD
Rapper T.I. is deadly serious about becoming a movie star because he
wants to be more famous as a Hollywood player than a hip-hop hitmaker.
The Live Your Life hitmaker admits he's yet to make money as an
actor after earning small salaries for roles in films like ATL,
American Gangster and new movie Takers - but he's determined to become
a big star following his 2009 incarceration on illegal weapons
possession charges and is taking meetings with top executives in an
effort to to land big roles.
He tells the Los Angeles Times, "I ain't made no money in movies
yet, because of the fact that a movie usually takes about three or
four months to film. At the time of American Gangster, I was getting
$100,000 a show and doing four to five shows a week. And I only
probably got $100,000 for American Gangster something like that. But I
didn't mind. I wanted to do it.
"I'd rather be acting full time at 40 than rapping full time at 40.
I just think... it's more suited for a teenager than a 40 year old. My
values, principals, beliefs and things I consider important are worlds
away from where they was (sic) when I just came in the game."
But he appreciates he has a few misconceptions about himself to
change: "Some people see me as a distinguished young gentleman
entering into the next phase of manhood, and some people see me as a
young drug dealer-slash-thug who has managed to make his way into the
entertainment industry. It just depends on who you ask. " (KL/LAT/IG)