If you have seen episodes of Making the Band, you know it’s hard to impress Diddy. The mogul recently opened up about whether or not he was impressed with the actors who portray him, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur and others in the upcoming film, Notorious, about the life of Biggie Smalls.
Derek Luke was given the task of playing Diddy. How did he do, according to the man himself?
“People asked me years ago who you’d want to play me, and I said Derek Luke … so it was just destined. I got to see him do his thing, and it was scary for me. I had to leave, ’cause he was acting just like me,” he told MTV about the film.
“Gravy, the guy playing B.I.G., it was just too eerie for me to be on that. Gravy’s killing it. If I tell you he’s killing it, then that’s all we need to say, you know what I’m saying? I don’t think anybody could have done a better job.”
Deric “D. Dot” Angelettie, a long time Bad Boy affiliate and the movie’s music supervisor agrees.
“It’s a little creepy. You know he’s not B.I.G., and we accepted that, [but all of] B.I.G.’s people … looked to Gravy and said, ‘You can play B.I.G. You could do it!’ I believe that Gravy has studied hard enough; I think he got enough battle scars from the streets that he could pull it off. We’re very happy that he’s a part of it.”
One thing few know about the film is that it’s “Miss Wallace’s movie.”
“It’s not my movie,” Puff admitted. “A lot of people don’t know this, but it’s not my movie. It’s Miss Wallace’s movie. It’s from a mother’s perspective. I’m just there as support.”
“It’s good for his mom. It gives [her] some relief that the world really appreciated her son. It’s good for Brooklyn, it’s good for hip-hop,” D. Dot chimed. “It’s [gonna be] very good.”
Fans anticipating will have to wait for the film to hit theaters January 2009.
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