Diddy convinced Derek Luke to do Notorious role

January 20th, 2009 - 2:11 pm ICT by ANI  

London, January 20 (ANI): Actor Derek Luke has revealed that it was Sean ”Diddy” Combs phone call that convinced him to play the role of rap legend Biggie Smalls in Notorious.

The Antwone Fisher star explained he had initially rejected the part fearing he did not have enough time on his hands to do justice to the portrayal of Notorious B.I.G, who was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997.

But the 34-year-old decided to change his mind after he received a call from the hip-hop mogul Combs, urging him to go ahead with the role.

“I was the last person cast. I had a week, Jamal (Woolard, who portrayed Smalls) had like six months. I wish I had six months, the Daily Express quoted him as saying.

As a matter of fact, I kind of turned the project down a few times because I felt like I didn”t have enough time… I wanted to do it right.

“It wasn”t until I got the call from Mr. Combs that I decided this was the thing to do. I didn”t want to mess it up. (ANI)

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