'Empire' Star Xzibit On Possibly Playing A Comic Book Character
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(AllHipHop News) Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner went from music artist to TV/film actor. He appeared in motion pictures such as XXX: State Of The Union and spent several seasons playing Leslie "Shyne" Johnson on the television drama Empire.
With the record-breaking success of Black Panther and the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War, there is a lot of interest in comic book-based movies at the moment. Would Xzibit like to follow Tip "T.I." Harris (Ant-Man), Donald Glover (Spider-Man: Homecoming), and Jill Scott (Black Lightning) by joining either the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the DC Universe?
"I mean, I take one thing at a time. If that comes to the table, and I feel it’s taking me out of my wheelhouse and taking me from something I would normally be cast in or how Hollywood sees us," X tells AllHipHop's Chuck Creekmur about possibly playing a superhero or villain. "I just like things that challenge me as an actor. So, if something like that came across the table, I’d be more than happy to take a shot at it."
Xzibit also talked about being the villainous character known as Shyne Johnson.
"Yeah, Shyne is someone who has definitely come into the Lyon’s family as somebody from their past, who has found a way to get a seat at the table," X to the Z tells AllHipHop. "This season, Shyne and Lusicous’s relationship is going to be taken to another level and its going to be a while ride for the audience."
The Detroit-born, Cali-bred rep talked about how the transition from rap to Hollywood.
"Its work. Music, I can do in my sleep. I have to work at acting. It’s another form of expression that I enjoy doing. It’s been work and it’s been gratifying. I’ve done some dope films. I’ve done some really dope things in television and its been amazing what I have been able to accomplish here," he extols.
Empire airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET on Fox.