Thirty years in the entertainment industry, Method Man wants nothing more than to be taken seriously. After achieving fame as a rapper with the Wu-Tang Clan from 1992, Method Man, born Clifford Smith Jr., made what he describes as “one hell of a transition” into acting – and acclaim at it. .
In 2021, Meth, as he is often affectionately known, won an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Davis Maclean in the Starz spin-off. Power Book II: Ghost. He also has a recurring guest role on the Epix series. Godfather of Harlem. As February’s digital cover star, Method Man talked to us about the work he’s done to show off the credentials he has, the acting chops to be on the big screen, and some of the pitfalls in road course.
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By believing in himself
“Understand, I was a black boy living in some of the worst neighborhoods in New York City,” says the 50-year-old rapper-turned-actor, who grew up in the Clifton neighborhood of Staten Island. “I always felt like I wasn’t enough. I was told from the door, ‘You don’t belong here.’ Sometimes even without words.
Going from rapper to actor
“The superiors, the so-called gatekeepers didn’t have much use for a 44-year-old rapper,” he says of the changing musical landscape in recent years. “I guess my past has deterred some people. Some people aren’t willing to give you a chance, especially when you’ve had one before and somehow squandered it.
“There has been a changing of the guard in hip-hop. I was cool with it. I had to grow with the company and if that meant playing, so be it. I was going to throw all my eggs in one basket.
be a sex symbol
“I don’t understand this shit. I go to the gym for my own peace of mind. I’m not doing this to become someone’s sex symbol or a pinup on someone’s wall. I do it for me.
“People love attention. I’m like everyone else. But at the end of the day, take me seriously, not lightly.
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