LOS ANGELES — Even though Method Man is among the wave of rappers making the move into film, he's very clear about the skills they bring to the table.
"We're not Will Smiths yet," Meth said backstage at Saturday's taping of the MTV Movie Awards.
Given the screen success of Smith, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Eminem and others, it's not surprising that Meth and many of his cohorts are making the move to movies. Meth, who has already starred in "How High" and played smaller roles in "Cop Land" and "Belly," hopes to hone his acting chops with roles in three upcoming films.
So who needs to work on his game the most? "Honestly, I think [Snoop's] one of the worst rap actors in the game right now," Meth said.
"When I say he's the worst out of all of us, I mean all of us aren't actors. I was playing. When I saw him in 'Half Baked,' he did his thing. That was Snoop. ... I got love for Snoop when Snoop plays Snoop parts. Me and Red ain't actors, we suck too. I'm not sh--ting on him. That's my n---a right there."
Meth also complimented the D-O-Double G's appeal. "He's a personality," Meth said. "He's like ODB. Even though he keeps f---ing up, there's somebody out there who wants to see him."
"Soul Plane," which finds Snoop playing a pilot, will begin filming this summer under the direction of Jessy Terrero, best known for his music videos, including 50 Cent's "Wanksta" (see "Snoop Dogg, Method Man Get Onboard 'Airplane!' Remake").
Method Man had some concerns about the script ("Too many stereotypes going on in there"), but he took a small part because he liked the story. "It's basically about a guy who gets into an accident on an airplane and he sues and comes into a lot of money, so he decides to start his own," he explained.
After "Soul Plane," Meth has several starring roles lined up, all buddy movies with his partner-in-rhyme, Redman. The first will either be a remake of the Japanese comedy "Jailbreakers," with the duo playing inmates who break out of jail only to find they've already been pardoned (see "Red And Meth To Break Out Of 'Jail' "), or one tentatively titled "DEA."
"Me and Redman get into some trouble and caught up with the DEA and they use us as pawns to find this big drug dealer," the rapper said of the latter, before pointing out his concern with the movie. "It's going to be PG-13, though. Why?"
Other Method Man projects in the works include his third solo album, Tical 0: The Prequel, due in September (see "Method Man Has His Eyes Set On Tamyra Gray "), and a documentary on exotic dancing due around the same time on DVD (see "Method Man: From Fronts To Furs").
— Corey Moss, with reporting by Ryan J. Downey and Shaheem Reid