Kendrick Lamar & 50 Cent Speak on His Role in POWER
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Kendrick Lamar & 50 Cent Speak on His Role in POWER

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Variety reports:

The plan was not a guest star,” showrunner Courtney A. Kemp said about the character. “It wasn’t an idea of…trying to get more eyeballs. … It was about here’s an artist we respect, and he wants to come in.”

During a panel for the Starz crime drama at the Television Critics Assn. Saturday, Kemp credited executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson for being the one to mention that Lamar wanted to be on the show. Kemp then got on the phone with him to ask who he would want to play, a favorite questions of hers, she notes. For Lamar, the answer was that he did not want to play a drug dealer.

“We had already broken part of the season,” Kemp said, and the “idea came together really naturally.”

Working with Lamar, who appears in the episode entitled “Happy Birthday,” Kemp said, was a pleasure, as well. “He showed up to win,” she said, also calling the artist “fearless.”

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