A successful rap career turned acting career has not slowed founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan down. RZA is currently promoting The Man with the Iron Fists, while collaborating on two films about his late group member, Ol’ Dirty Bastard (ODB).
The first project, Dirt: One Word Could Change the World, is a coming of age story chronicling the life of ODB from a young boy to the beginning of the Wu-Tang Era. With heavy collaboration from the family and RZA, the collaboration paints a vivid picture as to who the eccentric rapper was.
In a recent interview with The Playlist, RZA discussed his role with the ODB projects:
“… anything about his life, I want to help out with any capacity. His mother told me I should come in and help.”
RZA continued, “Me and [ODB] ran through this city, man, cutting school, stealin’ pretzels from the hot dog stand, being vagabonds, sleeping on the trains, drinking ’40s on the back of the A Train, rapping, getting chased by the police.”
The second film, Dirty White Boy, looks at the later part of ODB’s life through the eyes of his manager, Jarred Weisfeld. ODB’s character is slated to be played by Michael Kenneth Williams, (Omar from HBO’s “The Wire”) in the biopic.
In keeping true to his production roots, RZA may add to the score of this film.
“Maybe for that one, I’ll score it, they told me they need someone to music supervise,” he said.
Expect to see more from RZA with his release of The Man with the Iron Fists, due out in theaters on November 2.