So, Bob, "Biker Boyz" is only your third movie, are you learning anything about acting on the set?
"I'm learning how to sneak beer around in coffee cups in front of the DreamWorks execs," answered the budding thespian more commonly known as Kid Rock. (Click for photos of Kid Rock on the set.)
And another thing. Film crews are much different than concert crews. "These people are a lot more sober," he deadpanned. "They say you can't have a good buzz goin' when you're trying to lift lights and ladders, but somehow the rock and roll roadies can carry a whole stage around high as a kite."
You can put Kid Rock in Hollywood, but you can't put Hollywood in Kid Rock.
Actually, the pride and joy of Detroit's trailer park community has gained some legitimate knowledge since he began filming the movie in Los Angeles earlier this month, particularly from the film's star, Laurence Fishburne (see "Kid Rock Straddles A Hog In New Movie").
"My dad always said, 'If you want to be a carpenter, don't hang out with a painter. Hang out with the best carpenter you can find,' " Rock mused. "And they say he's one of the best out there, from 'Apocalypse Now' to 'The Matrix' and everything in between. It's cool to ask him questions and get some insight. At the end of the day, I don't know what the hell I'm doing. I never took an acting class. I got thrown out of drama in high school."
Rock said Fishburne was kind enough to share his wisdom while knocking back a couple of Coors Lights and listening to country music.
"He said the funniest thing," Rock recalled. "I was like, 'We never work. We just sit around and eat Krispy Kremes and drink coffee.' And he was like, 'I always tell people, I get paid to sit around and the acting's for free.' And I'm like, 'I can dig that.' "
In "Biker Boyz," directed by "Cradle 2 the Grave" scribe Reggie Rock Bythewood, Rock and Fishburne play leaders in rival black biker gangs in California. "I'm the white guy," Rock said.
Part of the reason Rock accepted the role was to break down racial barriers, much like he has done with his music career, which bridges hip-hop with classic rock with country.
"For me, the way I view black culture through my big blue eyes, like with the hip-hop game, everything is so hardcore," Rock explained. "And this seems like something that is not exposed to all the inner city kids, that there's this whole world of black biker gangs out there. We know of the Angels and the Outlaws, which are more associated with the white kind of thing. So in a certain way it kind of breaks the stereotype, and I always dig doing stuff like that."
Rock was also attracted to "Biker Boyz" — which costars Orlando Jones ("The Replacements"), Larenz Tate ("Dead Presidents") and Lisa Bonet ("The Cosby Show") — because it's not a big-budget movie and felt like the right step for his acting career, an experiment about which he remains skeptical.
"I'm always like, 'Nah, I don't want to be an actor,' " said Rock, who voiced a role in "Osmosis Jones" and played a redneck bully in "Joe Dirt." "I'd appreciate it if actors didn't try to be musicians. I don't want to see Steven Seagal play guitar. I don't want to see Russell Crowe and Keanu Reeves come play a club in Detroit. I'm sure they're sitting around saying, 'I don't want to see Kid Rock on the silver screen.' But I sold out and said, 'What the hell, I'll try a couple movies.' "
Rock has been filming "Biker Boyz" on nights off from his tour with Aerosmith and Run-DMC, which has provided a nice balance for him (see "Crazy Cryin' Cocky Cowboys: Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Run-DMC Rock Jersey").
"[Onstage,] it's 'My name is Kid, look at me, look at me.' From the stage show to the videos to the songs, I have my finger on the whole thing," Rock explained. "This is being a part of something with someone else's vision, and it's kind of nice to sit in the background and play second fiddle. It's like being on a team, you're a part of something."
Musically, Rock has some teaming up on his calendar as well. While he didn't work with protégé Uncle Kracker as much on his just-released second album ("I'd listen to songs and say, 'Turn the snare drum up.' Now we got a million seller!"), the two friends are planning a side project (see "Uncle Kracker, Kid Rock Make Like Bungled Beasties On Side Project").
"We've been talking about it forever," Rock said. "Being little kids again, getting a case of beer and sitting in a studio and throwing on beats and just being ridiculous. I need to get a case of beer first. One step at a time."
Rock revealed that his last album, Cocky, was supposed to include a collaboration with another famous white rapper from Detroit.
"We had all these ideas, we wanted to do all this crazy stuff, we just never had any time," Rock said about teaming with Eminem. "For being so close, we're so far away. He did a song on my first record and I did some cutting on his first record, but I don't know if we'll ever do anything again."
— Corey Moss, with additional reporting by Nick Zano