RZA has been a prominent figure in hip-hop as one of the lead faces of The Wu-Tang Clan. But in recent years, he has shifted his focus from making music behind the boards to reciting monologues in front of the camera. Since his breakthrough role in American Gangster with Denzel Washington, the Shaolin producer has been lending his acting and directing talents to several films and TV shows including The Man With The Iron Fists, starring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu, and FOX’s “Gang-Related.”
Last night (Feb 5), RZA attended the 6th annual African American Critics Association (AFFCA) Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles. Celebrities and executives from the film, television and new media industries gathered at the Taglvan Complex in Hollywood to honor the best in directing, screenwriting, acting and producing. RZA spoke about how he felt about his achievements in film thus far.
“You can’t see so far ahead,” sad RZA. “I knew Wu-Tang was special and I thought I was a special person. But I didn’t know that I would be making movies. That’s like a dream for a kid to be in that box. But when I came to California, I met some good people and I felt like I was at the center of my craft. You know, I studied and here I am doing it.”
RZA joined the likes of Ava DuVernay, the Director of Selma, Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Tyler Perry, Kathryn Bigelow and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Amongst all the awards given out last night, the film Selma won the Best Film award as well as the the lead actor David Oyelowo, who took home the award for Best Actor.
“I have to thank my African-American sister, (Ava DuVernay) who told me that I could play the role of Martin Luther King Jr. when I didn’t believe I could do it,” said David Oyelowo in his acceptance speech. “And my African-American mother (Oprah Winfrey)…..who after a day of shooting told me get off the phone and go to bed. There is so much LOVE here.”
Watch what RZA had to say here.