When you’re [artist id=”1244169″]Diddy[/artist], some things come easily.
All the Bad Boy mogul had to do was meet with CBS, tell them he wanted to play a lawyer on “CSI: Miami” … and he got a call “25 hours later, [saying] they were going to write me a part into ’CSI: Miami.’ It was truly a blessing.
“I’m playing a defense attorney,” he told MTV News on the show’s set near Los Angeles earlier this month (a visit that even saw the mogul carrying his own umbrella during a rainstorm). His episodes are set to air on February 9 and 16. “The scene I am shooting today is myself and David [Caruso]. We have a lot of confrontation. I’m like his nemesis.”
He explained that his character hasn’t been making any friends with the show’s other characters — in fact, he’s there to butt heads and make trouble. “I play this lawyer, almost all the time I get everyone off. It’s like, I set up one of my clients to get off one of my other clients, but nobody’s sure if I’m a good guy or a bad guy.
“[There’s] a lot of that going back and forth with every one of the actors that are on ’CSI: Miami,’ he continued. “Every actor, I’m really like their nemesis. Just playing a lawyer I had a great time.
“Two days ago I did the courtroom scene and it was definitely a better feeling than actually being the defendant!” he said, referring to his legal challenges a few years back . “I’m blessed to have this opportunity.”
Of course, Diddy has appeared in many films and even starred in “A Raisin in the Sun” on Broadway in 2004. “Last year I made a statement that I was moving to Hollywood and I was really going to turn up to the heat on pursuing my acting career,” he explained. “I’ve been blessed to work with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn in ’Made’ and then to be able to go work with Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger in ’Monster’s Ball.’ ”
He’s even seen Derek Luke portray him in the forthcoming Biggie biopic “Notorious” (which comes out next month ), and told MTV News that he’d like Luke to portray him in a Diddy biopic , should such a film ever be made.
“I wanted to keep on studying and learning; working with great actors, directors, great shows,” he said. “I’ve never done a television drama. I’ve always wanted to play a lawyer. I didn’t want to play, like, a rap artist or a criminal.”
He added, “This is something I’m really working hard to learn and get better everyday. I just signed on to do a comedy — which I can’t say what it is. [But] you can see the range of things … getting my feet wet. That’s what it’s all about.”