During the promotion of his 25-minute short film Shame at the Aruba International Film Festival, Tyrese Gibson revealed that he doesn’t want to be movie star, desiring instead to be a renowned musician.
The B-List actor — best known for his supporting roles in the Fast and Furious and Transformers movies — described the struggles he faces as an actor in an interview with Film Journal, specifically stating:
“When you become really successful in box office, you get typecast and put into a box.”
Despite his global fame and success, the singer-songwriter doesn’t want to be a “movie star” and wants to make an impression on the world as an artist, adding:
“My interest is not to be a movie star, I’m just focused on the arts. I love it. I got a lot of people that look up to me, and the fact that I have this God-given stage to motivate and inspire people, that’s the biggest gift in the world. It’s something that I don’t take for granted.”
Tyrese is also not a fan of the movie star lifestyle enjoyed by the likes of Will Smith and fellow Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel, supposedly because of the pressure it demands:
“You got people waking up every day saying, ‘How can I be more famous?’ That’s not my interest. Being around the Vin Diesels and the Will Smiths of the world, I don’t want that life,” he said. “That’s a different level of pressure that I don’t necessarily want to carry.”
That’s not to say he’s not interested in movies. In fact, Gibson stated that he would love to be in the films directed by successful and highly-respected directors like Paul Haggis, Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Lee Daniels, James Mangold and Martin Scorsese:
“… these guys have a list of people they call all the time, the same f—ing people … I gotta be on this list. So instead of me complaining, I said I’m gonna create something to get on their radar.”
What must poor ol’ Tyrese do to get the attention he deserves?