Common Cast in ‘Now You See Me;’ Wants to Be “One of the Great actors of our day”

Posted on January 31, 2012 /Film


Now that the Sundance Film Festival has ended, interviews with black talent are popping up all over the place. Rapper/Actor Common recently sat down with Movieline to discuss his new film LUV, and his upcoming projects–including a new film with legendary actor Morgan Freeman.

During the discussion, the actor mentioned his involvement in Now You See Me, a heist-thriller about a group of magicians who pull off bank heists during their death-defying acts. The film features a star-studded ensemble cast including Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, and Woody Harrelson.

“I’d say it’s an action movie, about these magicians. It’s dope. I’m going down to film that soon. And I’m looking to do more great, quality films – independent, studio, action, drama, comedy, animated…”

The actor didn’t miss a beat when asked about his new acting career while simultaneously holding on to his hip-hop roots.

“Yeah, it is a dichotomy but it’s also who I feel like I am as a human being. I’m also a warrior, too – I’m a peaceful person, but I’m an MC. I love MCing. God willing, I’ll become one of the great actors of our day. I want to grow to be that type of actor, but I still think I’ll be writing songs even if it’s for a jazz club crowd,” he said.

When asked about his initial involvement in the Sheldon Candis Sundance hit LUV,  the entertainer spoke candidly:

“It came to me through my agent at the time, and he said it was a cool script, story was great, and he thought this character would be great for me. I read it and was like, I like the story and I know I could really do some things with this character – he’s a human being who’s just trying to do something in life, be somebody in life. I feel like that was a good thing for me to chase after as an actor, because so many people no matter what nationality or age group you are wants to be somebody and to achieve something in life. A friend of mine told me he thought it was like a street version of Pursuit of Happyness. [Laughs] I said ‘Ok, I’ll take that! I like that.’”

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