Drake is getting real about his acting career in a new interview for The Hollywood Reporter.
The rapper, who many may remember as Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi, has his sights set on Hollywood. Drake will revive the UK’s Top Boy for Netflix and recently premiered his documentary The Carter Effect, about former NBA star Vince Carter, at the Toronto Film Festival.
However, Drake is being careful about who he works with and is said to be looking for projects that resonate instead of big names. His longtime manager and business partner Adel “Future” Nur, told the publication that the two were approached by Harvey Weinstein for a film called The Heist, which the producer wanted Drake to star in and produce, but turned down the offer. “I vetted him with five people and got bad feedback about working with him,” Nur told The Hollywood Reporter.
Nur doesn’t clarify exactly what he heard, but it’s probably safe to assume that some of the feedback had to do with the numerous accusations of assault, harassment, and rape that Weinstein is currently facing.
Various women, including Lupita Nyong’o, have come forward about their experiences with the Hollywood producer. One Hollywood director told BuzzFeed News that Weinstein fired his lead actress pick, later revealed to be Sophie Okonedo, because he didn’t find her “f–kable.”
And, with many of Weinstein’s projects now in limbo as news continues to break about the producer’s disgusting behavior, it seems Drake and Nur made a very wise decision in choosing who to work with in Hollywood.
SOURCE: ESSENCE – Sydney Scott