Warren Beatty Explains How He Got Help From Hip-Hop Elite

Opening this weekend in New York and Los Angeles is Warren Beatty's political satire "Bulworth," which co-stars Halle Berry and features Beatty finding some unlikely help from some of hip-hop's finest.

Beatty plays a disillusioned senator, who loses the will to live, puts out a contract on his own life, and then gleefully alienates minorities with his outrageously candid speeches. Senator Bulworth also falls for Berry's character, and gets schooled in the ways of the 'hood, even learning to rap. In fact, the soundtrack features Wyclef Jean, Pras, and the Wu-Tang Clan's Rza and Cappadonna.

Beatty, who worked on "Bulworth" with rap moguls Russell Simmons and the now-imprisoned Suge Knight, recently explained to MTV News why he, a middle-aged white guy, got cooperation from the hip-hop world.

"I guess they had some respect for what I was trying to do, and they are the best at what they do," Beatty said of the union. "You know, I have respect for the form. I think

there's great rap, and there's bad rap. There's smart rap, and there's dumb rap. These guys are all great. They're smart."

"Bulworth's" brains will go head-to-head with "Godzilla's" brawn when both films open nationwide next weekend.