Tyrese Talks Upcoming Role in Teddy Pendergrass Biopic
Tyrese recently stopped by the late night talk show ‘Lopez Tonight‘ to promote his role in the new movie ‘Legion.’ During the visit the actor spoke of his relationship with R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass, who passed away on Jan. 14 at the age of 59. Not only does Tyrese plan to play Pendergrass in an upcoming biopic, he surprised the ‘Lopez Tonight’ audience with a cover of Pendergrass’ ‘Come Go With Me.’
“I actually started going to Philly [for] like a week at a time because I was doing the research for the life story of Teddy Pendergrass,” Tyrese said candidly. “I’ve never sung in a movie so it would be my first time singing in a film. It’s still in motion, but that’s why I was out there. I know I went out there for the movie, but we ended up getting really close and that’s like my step-pops, so it was a big loss.”
“This is the role of a lifetime for me!” Tyrese, one of the pallbearers at Pendergrass’ Jan. 23 funeral, continued. “He’s one of the original raspy R&B singers out there and he had a real passion for life. I know he’s watching down. Teddy aka Pops, I will honor you and do right by you … R.I.H, ‘Rest in Heaven.”
In other news, ‘Legion’ hit theaters Jan. 22 and came in at Number Two in the box office, grossing $18.2 million dollars its first week out.