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— Corey Moss, with reporting by Mark Bella

When Bow Wow's not shooting scenes on the set of his upcoming roller-skating movie, "Roll Bounce," he's practicing. Not practicing roller skating, but "Madden '05."

"I'm all on it!" Bow Wow boasted. "I'm murdering people on this set. Can't nobody beat me!"

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As for the roller skating, Bow Wow already put in his practice, spending two weeks at skate camp before production began. Legendary roller skater Bill Butler led the sessions and is also on set for additional advising.

"He's crazy on the skates," Bow Wow said. "He taught me what I needed to know."

It's important that Bow Wow, or at least his stunt double, can skate like a pro, as his character is supposedly one of the best in Chicago.

"Let me go ahead and just brief you with the story," Bow Wow said after a little "Madden." "[My crew's] skating rink gets shut down, so we're forced to go up north in the Chicago area to Sweetwater, which is kind of a whole different vibe for us. I'm the best on my side of Chicago, but Wes [Jonathan], who plays Sweetness, he's the best on this side of town. So we kind of cross each other's paths."

Along with a lot of action-packed skating, and plenty of '70s disco music, "Roll Bounce" is loaded with drama.

"My character, X, I'm a real calm kid and skating is like my freedom, but the thing with X is, he has so many other issues in his life," Bow Wow explained. "My [characterís] mother passed away. Me and my father, which is played by Chi McBride [of 'Boston Public' fame], we kinda go back and forth. And then there's Naomi ..."

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"Who is Bow Wow's love interest," continued Meagan Good, whose résumé includes "You Got Served" and "Biker Boyz." "I'm the girl that he has a crush on, but I kind of remind him of his mom who passed away, so we kinda have a little confrontation going on where he can't really be around me."

The couple's fate depends on who you listen to.

"I get to kiss Meagan in the movie, y'all," Bow Wow bragged.

"What are you talking about?" the actress responded. "When? Is that in the script?"

Along with his love interest, Bow Wow's character spends a lot of onscreen time with his crew, the Garden Boys, who were happy to introduce themselves on set (with the exception of Rick Gonzalez, who plays Naps and was appropriately taking one).

"I'm playing Junior, Bow Wow's best friend," Brandon T. Jackson said. "I'm the leader of the group at first, but X becomes the leader because he's the best skater. I influence Bow and everybody to get in the competition and stuff like that."

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"I play Mixed Mike. He got the quickest temper of all of them," said Khleo Thomas, from "Holes" and "Walking Tall." "As soon as someone says something, he's quick to snap."

"I'm playing Boo, he's the sporty cat," added Marcus Paulk, a "Moesha" veteran. "He's real laid-back, having a real good time. He's not too cool with the ladies yet, but he gets himself a little fine honey at the end of the movie."

One of Bow Wow's musical peers, Nick Cannon, also has a small role in the movie, which Malcolm D. Lee ("Undercover Brother," "The Best Man") is directing.

"He's the coolest director I've worked with, although we couldn't bring our cell phones to work," Bow Wow said.

"I was trying to get them in the mode of 1978," Lee said, "and they still brought them! But these guys are putting in a lot of dedicated hard work with the skating and the acting, and after this [Bow Wow] is going to be known as Bow Wow the actor slash rapper, not the other way around."




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