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Interview: Bow Wow Talks To S&A About His Military Drama 'Allegiance,' TV Work & Career

by Masha Dowell
January 3, 2013 11:40 AM
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Most of us first learned about rapper and television personality Bow Wow through this music career. In our minds, he never really transitioned completely into the film game.

However, fast forward to today, and what you will see is a man that has conquered the music game, and now he has his sights on Television and film.

Shadow and Act caught up with Bow Wow to chat about his latest film, the military thriller “Allegiance”, and his recent 106 & Park gig.

Shadow and Act: Congrats on the new film. Can you tell us a little about the film you’re your character Chris?

Bow Wow: It’s a film about a lieutenant in the National Guard, who has some serious choices to make. I play specialist Chris Reyes, one of the best medics in the whole unit. He is a father of a child that has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Basically, he is a real stand up guy.

Shadow and Act: How did you prepare for the paramedic portion of the role?

BW: I don’t prepare for my roles. I don’t watch movies to get inspired. I don’t dig deep. I’ll never be that type of actor, and I doubt that I ever will be.

Shadow and Act: So, for this role, they did not have you train with anyone?

BW: Well, on set, I had very little training on how to basically stick a needle in somebody’s arm.  I did train a bit with the actual FDNY.

Shadow and Act: Can you tell us a bit about the set culture for this film? How was it working with this wonderful cast?

BW: The director of this film, Michael Connors, actually witnessed a lot of what you will see in this film. I had a lot of fun working with Seth Gabel, whom I’m sure is a lot of women’s favorite. I had a lot of fun working with Malik Yoba.

Shadow and Act: Can you share with us what you learned about the deployment of our troops from this film?

BW: I did not really know that going AWOL was illegal.

Shadow and Act: Congrats, on your 106 and Park gig. How did you balance shooting the show and this film?

BW: We shot this film about two years ago thank God. I love everything about my position at BET. Taking over 106 is a blessing. My job is to take it to the next level.

Shadow and Act: Why should our viewers watch this film?

We should support films about our troops. The film is a good story, and a good plot. The movie won’t make you happy, but you will learn.

Shadow and Act: What is your career vision?

I’m in a, ‘I can do whatever phase’. I’m taking this 106 & Park opportunity into full force. I’m really focused on doing my best with it. This is my ‘Fresh Prince’ moment. I want to be the black Ryan Seacrest of film, TV, and more.

Allegiance, directed by Michael Connors, opens in LA and Austin tomorrow, January 4, 2012, via XLrator Media.  

The film (Connors' feature directorial debut) stars, in addition to Box Wow, Seth GabelMalik YobaAidan Quinn, and Pablo Schreiber.

Here's a synopsis:

After being granted a questionable transfer that will keep him stateside as his National Guard unit deploys for Iraq, Lieutenant Danny Sefton (Gabel) becomes embroiled in a last-minute AWOL attempt by one of his soldiers (Bow Wow) on the eve of deployment — forcing Sefton to choose between his loyalties to the fleeing soldier, his unit and his family.

The film was written, directed, produced and financed almost entirely by veterans.

Also worth noting, former Navy SEALS and Army Green Berets were enlisted to train the actors and extras.

Daryl Freimark and Sean Mullin produced and John Patrick Boyle executive produced the film.

Release trailer and poster embedded below:

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  • ALM | January 5, 2013 10:02 PMReply

    "BW: I don't prepare for my roles. I don't watch movies to get inspired. I don't dig deep. I'll never be that type of actor, and I doubt that I ever will be. "<<< If you don't prepare for your role, can you actually call yourself any type of actor, let alone "that type of actor"? I still don't know what Bow Wow meant about "that type of actor".

  • Anti-believer | January 7, 2013 12:42 AM

    I think he is saying he goes into it "blindly" and acting off his own conclusion of the lines he read and how his supporting cast respond. Robert DeNiro only does one take, but Bow isn't DeNiro.

  • Akimbo | January 4, 2013 1:32 PMReply

    Sigh. I actually thought joining 106 & Park was a bad look for Bow Wow, that he was better off acting here and there...until this dunderheaded interview. Plenty of working actors operate like he does, but very few are dumb enough to admit it! Sheesh.

  • Anti-believer | January 7, 2013 12:44 AM

    Yeah, I thought 106 & Park was bad too but he did admit it. He said, "this is my Fresh Prince."
    Will Smith was broke as a joke and NBC saved his ass.

  • Aaron | January 4, 2013 10:48 AMReply

    What did I just read? All I read was never ever ever ever ever hire Bow Wow for any film work.

  • Nond | January 3, 2013 2:10 PMReply

    In an interview I watched he said he does not like to use his own experiences or too much research. He prefers to find the character right off the page and use the character's story to provide all of the emotion. I think what he said to S&A might be interpreted as lack of respect for acting process, but I believe he just wants to interpret script not recreate similar characters.

    That works if you're empathetic. He did well in " Allegiance" & was the only actor who took that Madea film he was in serious, according to the reviews.

  • Darkan | January 3, 2013 4:19 PM

    Thank you Jug. Well said.

  • Jug | January 3, 2013 2:32 PM

    "I don’t prepare for my roles. I don’t watch movies to get inspired. I don’t dig deep. I’ll never be that type of actor, and I doubt that I ever will be." "Well, on set, I had very little training on how to basically stick a needle in somebody’s arm. I did train a bit with the actual FDNY."<----- W0uld you pay to have a Dentist look at your teeth who said "I didn't prepare, I'm just gonna drill by the seat of my pants"? There are different types of preparation, of study. To each their own-but to do NONE?!...Maybe, if he studied he'd know AWOL is illegal-something my 8 year old nephew knows.

  • Jug | January 3, 2013 1:55 PMReply

    Even Jim Jones didn't want to drink his own Kool-Aid :-(

  • Ghost | January 3, 2013 1:50 PMReply

    How can you not do research for a role? Now everyone famous that I know of and even talked to say you do research on whatever you do. That makes you better at your craft. He is in the I can do whatever phase? Must be the I can make myself look bad phase because almost anything I hear about him is negative and comes from his mouth. Hosting 106 & Park for 6 months is not proof that you can do whatever you want because everything you have done has failed. And despite this-I am still interested in seeing the film.

  • Darkan | January 3, 2013 1:13 PMReply

    Memo to self... Never hire Bow Wow for your films no matter what the producers say about the numbers. SMDH.

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