The Hip Hop flavored movie Dope got all sorts of buzz at the Sundance Film festival last week, and was bought by Universal for $7 million, meaning it will get a wider release sometime this year. A$AP Rocky has a role in the movie, and he spoke to The New York Times about the interesting way he got the part. Check out an excerpt below.
NYT: You were really good in “Dope.” Is it true you approached the director, Rick Famuyiwa, about being in the film?
Rocky: Yeah. I was helping [former fiancee] Chanel with her lines, and there was one role where I was like, “Oh, this dumb kid, he seems a little interesting. I want to go for it.” I was actually in London recording my album, and I figured I’d just send a video in. So I sent two videos, and they liked them. And two months later, when I flew to L.A., I met up with Rick and did an audition in front of him, and he just decided to go with me. To be honest with you, I was worried that I didn’t get the role. I was pissed.
NYT: How did you find out that you got it?
Rocky: Via text message from Rick. He wrote me, like, “Congratulations, Dom.” And I was like, “What? Did I get him correct just now? Am I trippin’? Am I buggin’?”
NYT: There aren't many modern movies dealing with hip-hop.
Rocky: This was the first in a long time! That’s why I had to be a part of it.