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RZA Wore His Own Tights for George Washington Role

RZARZA is a master of most things, but he’s quickly adding the visual arts to his list of Abbot-like activities. Before we hit 2010, he was teasing fans with a new project that somehow referenced Emanuel Leutze’s classic 1851 ‘George Washington Crossing the Delaware‘ painting. Little did we know, that the project was a near exact remake of the painting commissioned by When Art Imitates Life that starred RZA, Method Man, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and other Wu heroes in a revolutionary boat ride. RZA recently sat down with the LA Times to discuss the oddball remake.

“I’m a pretty busy man, I have a pretty tight schedule,” explained RZA. “So WAIL [When Art Imitates Life] decided that to make it easier to get it done, they decided that instead of going to some photo studio downtown or in Hollywood, let’s bring the photo studio to RZA’s house. I got six thousand square feet to play with. So we brought the canvases here, the crew and staff, the photographers, the painters. They brought everything to me, which made it much easier. We were very conscious of time. We said we would take six hours to get the foundation of this thing done, and we did it. No holds barred. We just went in and we did it.”

Perhaps more hilarious is RZA’s explanation of having to squeeze into colonial attire to get that George Washington chic just right. Apparently the Abbot wasn’t so fond about the tights that came with his costume and decided to rock his own wardrobe.

“It took me like an hour to put this suit on, first of all,” he said. “I didn’t know George Washington wore tights so tight. I actually couldn’t put the tights on how I was supposed to because they were so tight. I was kind of embarrassed with the tights on because they really hug your nuts. So instead of the tights that we bought from the prop house, I had a pair of tights [thermals] also. I’m from New York. So I put on my own tights. I didn’t wear the costume tights that they bought. More baggy, more space for my nuts. We tried some shots with the wig, without the wig, with the hat, without the hat, some with me holding my beat machine. It was real fun.”

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