Is he an actor; or merely
an attention-whore a performer with a never-ending urge to be on stage?
Though not terrible, I found the portrayal shallow. The role was better suited to someone who understands how to convey drama and exploit the behavioral and emotional gradations in a character. It’s as if Sean Combs was told, “You’re a death row inmate, facing impending death. Now make sure you look sad and mope a lot.”
One might argue they cast him because they needed star power. Wasn’t Halle Berry herself, enough star power? Billy Bob Thornton? How much star power is required? Lots, I guess.
At some point star power has to be, or should be, weighed against talent.
I suppose when they need star power they have to turn to rappers because they are the real stars to our youth. They’re not going to hold a casting call to look for successful black businessmen, black mentors, black chess champions or black snowboarders. And they’re not going to look to actors, necessarily. They will continue to look to rappers for their star power. Even if Combs had turned it down, Ludacris would have accepted it. Or Usher…