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Common Taps Into ‘Gift,’ Talks Canned ‘Green Lantern’ Film

With seven films under his belt, the actor in Chi-town emcee Common will eventually outshine him as a rapper and he’s fine with the metamorphosis.

“I would love to become a movie star. I want to take it to the level where I’m playing the role of a leading man and [become] an Oscar winning actor,” he told the BoomBox. “I want to take it to the level that when we’re 70-years-old I’m still doing films in a Morgan Freeman type of way. I would love to be at the level that Will Smith is: a movie star. He’s the biggest movie star in the world black or white.”

His dream role would be a biographical flick or a super-hero like the character Green Lantern; who he was slated to play in the Justice League of film that later fell through. “Obviously that would be a good situation for me. We would’ve had Green Lantern dolls floating around but everything happens when it’s supposed to.”

After taking a few smaller rolls in successful films like ‘Smokin’ Aces‘ and ‘Wanted,’ alongside Angelina Jolie, Common still feels he has lots to learn. “I felt like that was an un-tapped gift that I hadn’t touched and God was showing me ‘Hey, you can go this way.’ I’ve been studying since 2000. I think [with] acting, I always feel like [you] continuously work to get better. That’s why you still hear some great [actors] going to class.”

Though more secure in his musical talents than stage talents he also believes that he is in no position to judge other rappers for taking it to the big screen. “Everybody just doesn’t have it … that’s the truth of the matter.”

Common’s new album ‘Universal Mind Control’ is in stores now.

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