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RZA, ‘The Man With the Iron Fists’: MC Speaks on ‘Renaissance Man’ Title, Costume Design

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RZA can’t be satisfied with any one position for too long.

The leader of the Wu-Tang Clan is known as a rapper, producer, author and actor. While he’s no stranger to movie sets, on Nov. 2 he’ll be able to tack on movie director and screenwriter to that laundry list of job titles. “Man! I’m the Renaissance Man,” he tells The BoomBox on the red carpet at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards. “I can do it all!”

The film, “The Man with the Iron Fists,” which has been marketed as a Quentin Tarantino presentation and co-written by Eli Roth, is definitely RZA’s vision.

“The best experience I had in production was seeing something of my imagination actually come to life,” he shares. “So we made all these different weapons and costumes that I had envisioned in my head and I found the right people to bring it to life. That was a great feeling.”

The “right people” include Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu as RZA’s co-stars. The film, set in 19th century China, follows the life of The Blacksmith, played by RZA, who fights to defend his village against enemy infiltration.

Authenticity was a major part of the plan as the entire movie was filmed in China over the course of three months between December 2010 and March 2011. Hip-hop was also bound to be a major element within the score, which RZA also took responsibility for. The soundtrack is to feature original tracks from people like Kanye West, Ghostface Killah and My Chemical Romance, in addition to the reworking of a few Wu-Tang tracks.


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