P.Diddy Picking Cotton

In order to prepare for his role as Blues legend

Robert Johnson, Sean "P.Diddy" Combs will do something he has never

done--pick cotton.

"I'm going to work on a farm, learn about

sharecropping and picking cotton," Diddy told the New York Daily News.

"I swear to God. I'm doing cotton picking."

Production for the movie starts in September.

Johnson was labeled “King of Delta Blues,” in spite of recording only

29 songs prior to dying at the age of 27.

The film will be shot on location in Mississippi

and directed by Tim Blake Nelson, whose last work was the Holocaust drama, “The

Gray Zone.”

Combs has received critical acclaim following

his roles in the Monster’s Ball with Halle Berry and the independent film

Made. He is said to be taking acting classes in hopes of perfecting his craft

and landing more roles.