XXcLusive: Drake Disappointed With Movie Offers

Before the Grammy nods and the multi-million dollar record contracts, Drake got his first taste of fame as Jimmy Brooks on the popular Canadian television series, Degrassi: The Next Generation. In a recent interview with XXL, the Toronto-bred artist says he hasn’t given up on his dreams of acting, but he has yet to be offered a role that interests him.

“That’s probably my biggest goal is to get back into acting and really pick the right projects,” Drizzy told XXL during his interview for May’s cover story. “I’ve been reading different scripts but I know what I want to do and what type of project I want to be involved in and I’ve just been getting the typical projects that they’d offer to a new rapper, and it’s like, ehh. That’s not really what I want to do, or how I see myself.”

Unlike most artists who are new to the movie business, Drake feels as if he deserves better. “I can actually act,” he explained. “I’ve studied acting. I’ve studied the craft and I’m also very open to receiving a role and committing my time whether it’s two weeks, a month, two months, before the movie starts shooting to really get into that role. Like I know what it is to do character research and really live as someone else in preparation for a movie, so that’s something I’m willing to do. I care about acting a lot so I’m excited to get back into it.”

To read more about Drake, pick up XXL’s May issue on stands now. —Elan Mancini, with additional reporting by Benjamin Meadows-Ingram

  • HERM

    “Drake Disappointed With Movie Offers”

    Yeah, me, too. Dont’cha just hate that?

    • dismathis

      right?

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  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    I’m disappointed with Drake’s music.

    • BIGNAT

      MWHAHAHAHAHHA

    • MAnny

      You take that back!!! >=/

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  • capcobra

    so drake is an actor playing a rapper that actually wants to act?…wtf..where’s fredo when you need him.

  • I.R.S.

    Jimmy Brooks…lol

    • OoOo

      HAHA, Jimmy Brooks fuckouttahere.

  • rrahha

    NIGGA SHUT UP AND PUT OUT SOME GOOD MUSIC!!!!! Tired of these dudes that get on because of who they know but they’re music is wack and its shoved down our ears…..

    • Nat Turner II

      So true…I hate that shit too…you can’t turn on the radio without being force fed bullshit…SMFH…

      • Anonymous

        I got to agree they do feed us bs all day till we bop to it but give cred when its do drake hot no homoe

  • Chris

    Dude played a retard on a bad TV show, great acting. “I can actually act”. Really? Cause if you could actually act, why arent you getting these offers that you want, hmmm

    • Adam

      He didnt play no retard he played a normal dude and then later on in the show got shot and in a wheelchair then started walking again in the final episode bitch do research before you critisize

      • Ecko

        Haha Adam are you fucking serious? This dude actually knows what happens in the show lol so you actually watch that bullshit and get all defensive.. Shut the fuck up little kid.. Chris was dead on and makes sense

        • KG

          Nah Ekco, Drake was dope in Degrassi. He can act, I give him props. You hating for no reason because you didnt even watch the show and you are just judging him without any solid information to back up your argument. What the fuck are you trying to prove?

  • jon

    damn chris a retard he was only in a wheel chair but wat do u expect from a dude who hasnt earned anything in mayb 4 years

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  • DJ ALL DAY

    I’m disappointed with Drake’s music.>>>>LMFAO!! CO-SIGN big homie! whats poppin p? whatever happened to this kid talking bout “oh I’m the one who’s gonna change the game blah blah blah” last time I checked nigga ur helping the game, not CHANGING it.

    This kid don’t even have 1 album out yet and is disappointed with movie offers??? Son u dont even have ur feet wet yet b thankful ur ass is even in the industry and u have a buzz get some weight on u and u’ll get those big LL movie checks. For now stick 2 one thing cuz you are not pac nigga you can’t do more than one venture u haven’t conqured the music biz so how u think Paramount studios is gonna holla at u now?? In the mean time I will stick 2 my 80′s-90′s music on rotation as well as my group’s projects. KEEP HIP-HOP ALIVE NOT THIS BULLSHIT….-ALLLLLL DAAAY!

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      What’s good, dude?

      Yeah you’re right. Pay your dues like everyone else! If you want to be a musician, focus on music; if you want to be an actor, focus on acting. You can’t do both, especially at the beginning. Most people can’t do both at all…they do one THEN the other.

      Put out this “classic” everyone keeps hyping but is far from guaranteed and then we’ll believe you.

      Can you imagine if Snoop said this before Doggystyle dropped? C’mon now.

      • Brahsef

        If you don’t need to pay dues then why the fuck would you. Dude has an in and is tryin to make the most of it and doesn’t want to waste it by pigeonholing himself as Thugnificent the actor. Makes sense. And to people saying he’s gotta do small roles and that’s how you get the big rolls, you don’t do small roles that are cliche and bland characters. That’s actually how you never get a large part in the biz.

        Oh, and he has dropped a classic already called So Far Gone, fuck if it was a mixtape. It’s his music and had it’s own unique sonic landscape throughout the entire disc.

        “Pay your dues like everyone else!” That just makes you sound like a jealous whiny bitch. It’s not a good look.

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  • Jaydc

    He should put his rap career on his resume for acting.

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  • http://mufc1@live.no RedBlue

    What a fuckhead.He hasnt proved shit,whether its rap or acting.He hasnt even dropped an album yet and he`s already walking around like Mr Bigshot.Fuck him and his soft ass corny bullshit music

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    LOLZ @ Pierzy

    “He should put his rap career on his resume for acting.”

    ^ You know he did.

    “whatever happened to this kid talking bout “oh I’m the one who’s gonna change the game blah blah blah” last time I checked nigga ur helping the game, not CHANGING it.”

    “Son u dont even have ur feet wet yet b thankful ur ass is even in the industry and u have a buzz get some weight on u and u’ll get those big LL movie checks.”

    ^ co-shizz.

    This dude is gonna fux around and get JaMarcus Russell-ed out of the game.

    • http://www.yahoo.com Streets Is Watchin

      lmao….nah, he won’t get JaMarcus-ed, maybe Harold Minor-ed….hot one second, where did he go the next hahahahaahaa

      *tries to think of another artist who got a Grammy nomination off a mixtape*

  • Face Phoenix

    What was he expecting? Did he think his work on DeGrassi was going to have Spielberg, Oliver Stone, James Cameron or Spike Lee knocking down his door? It’s already hard for black actors to find good roles and he wants to play surprised. Wipe the crust out ya eyes, Kid you been daydreaming too long.

  • Jerod

    I’m disappointed in the human race. Stand up fuckers.

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  • El Tico Loco

    That’s a warped sense of entitlement, he hasn’t proved shit but his douchebag status has been elevated with this one.

    Before we get a back and forth of Drake defenders.

    Ok we hating, he makes more than us, his music is hot(and gay), he can spit, and he’s a problem.

    There I saved you a few kb’s and your blind loyalty is intact.

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  • fo life

    This nigga act like he should be getting roles like he Will Smith! He hasn’t been in the rap game long enough as it is. Niggas like LL and Ice Cube arent the best actors, but at least they were pretty well known as rappers and had respect from the people before they blew up acting! Drake, my advice, take them small roles homie to develop your acting skills and maybe after a little hard work, you might get the big time movie roles. Tell then, focus on putting out some quaility music dawg!!!!

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  • Axeo

    Anyone who knows acting knows those small roles lead to bigger roles and so on and so on. They’re are hundreds of actors who would be happy just to be sent a script no matter if it be independent film, blockbuster film or even a small role with 2 lines in a t.v. show. Extras don’t do it for the money (helps pay bills but don’t plan to do it rest of their lifes) it’s to make their resume get bigger and bigger.

    So yeah like others basicly said do the small roles get a REAL resume besides Best I ever had and Degrossi

    • KG

      +1

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    Don’t worry “Drake”,you’ll always be wheelchair jimmy to me.

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    Don’t worry Drake, you’ll always be the kid in the wheelchair trying to rap…you’ll always be Wheelchair Jimmy.

  • nicholasdelorejo

    I gotta agree with Brahsef. Beyonce, Megan Foxx, Miley Cyrus, and many others can barley act and their getting movie roles that are bigger than their talent. But that’s really because the movie industry is now driven on the popularity of the stars and not on the actual movie. At least Drake feels that he is better than the roles given to rappers (either a hustler, Drug dealer, or informant). Is he arrogant? Yes. But at least he takes himself as an actor seriously. Enough to actally demand a challenging role. After the “Fresh Prince” Will Smith was offered movie roles based around the character he played on TV. But he chose to do a dramatic role in the film “Six Degrees of Separation” as a way to prove himself as an actor and not as a TV star. Drake at least takes his capabilities as an actor seriously and not just as a side-gig that pretty much takes a job away from a struggling black actor.

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  • Lacee

    Totally off the subject, does anyone remember the EA Sports Rap Battle hosted on here? I was so into it at first, thought I’d see a Shells vs Eyedea type outcome, but as the battles went on, it became more humorous than anything. They kept pushing forward the loser into the next round till it was 90% conceivable that the winner was preplanned from the beginning, which turned out to be a guy named Sanatra I believe? He wore a lot of hats and said the word baby at the end of everything which was hilariously mocked by Clifton Fermi. That’s my real question, does anyone know what happened to him, cause I never laughed so hard by someone posting comments in forums in my life. Each round he’d lyrically destroy each rapper that won, none of them would battle him back, they’d just get salty and tell him he was a jerk and stuff lol. I want another free style battle hosted, XXL needs to put up some goods, free subscriptions, shirts, cds, dvds, or whatever and host a new round of battlers with actual talent this time.

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  • Reggie B

    Man, this dude barely accomplished anything and he acting like he should be the next Joker or Frank Lucas. If this dude was seious about acting, why hasn’t he volunteered to do some SNL work? Every actor has to start some where. Will Smith didn’t get Muhammed Ali just cuz of his bullshit rap career. Nigga’s need a reality check.

    • KG

      Who knows what kind of roles he is getting? He could be getting shit scripts with like 5 minutes of acting of then he gets shot and dies. He didnt say he is trying to get a main role or some shit. He just wants quality…anyone would want quality. If someone tried to give you some bullshit not fit to your liking, you would fall back. He has his preferences so does everyone else.

      • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

        “He could be getting shit scripts with like 5 minutes of acting of then he gets shot and dies. He didnt say he is trying to get a main role or some shit. He just wants quality…anyone would want quality.”

        ^ There are seasoned actors/actresses who get offered these roles too.

        What makes this dude better than Omar Epps, Tyrese, Ludacris and others who have already proven themselves by being in million dollar earning movies?

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  • http://xxlmag.com edward

    drake my dude but its true wat niggas saying he letting this young money shit get to his head nigga u havent gotten ground man checks yet to be walking around asking for scripts in big movies my nigga on some real wheel chair jimmy wasnt part of the show as much as the other characters nigga i aint saw the show like that but niggas kno if u a good actor if your name out there i didnt heard of drake when he drop the mictape i didnt know he acted so which in terms means u wasnt a big actor at all so nigga basically keep the music shit popping get this album out then talk acting that just show that hungry hip hop niggas wanting to be in the game cant get a shot but niggas like u who are in the game rather not help the generation

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