Conversation with . . . Method Man

3 07 2008

Though Method Man only plays a small role in one crucial scene, his presence in “The Wackness,” adds a necessary touch of credibility to this indie film paean to New York and its homegrown hip-hop culture.

Given that the story is told from a geeky white, Jewish, 18 year-old pot dealer’s perspective (he’s more into weed as a social statement than as a way to financially elevate him out of the ‘hood), having a former Wu-Tang Clan founder performing even a small part–as Jamaican drug supplier Percy who has an approving encounter with Luke Shapiro (Josh Peck) and his sort-of customer/mentor, semi-partner Dr. Jeffrey Squires (Ben Kingsley)–lends the film a further authenticity.

Happening during the summer of 1994—when the streets of New York are full of with a funky, soulful hip hop exemplified by Wu-Tang and the sweet smell of pot—”The Wackness” darkly celebrates a coming of age for both the 18-year-old Luke and the middle-aged shrink Squires. Against the backdrop of newly-inaugurated mayor Rudolph Giuliani, when he begins to implement his anti-fun initiatives against crimes like noisy portable radio, graffiti and public drunkenness, the film celebrates a positive cultural abandon that seems sorely missing today.

Nominated for Sundance 2008’s Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and winner of the Audience Award, director Jonathan Levine’s touching film takes advantage of Method Man’s expanding acting experience (he’s been in films and TV shows such as “Oz,”, “CSI,” “The Wire,” “Garden State,” and “Soul Plane”) to join with the other fine supporting actors in this film such as Olivia Thirlby and Famke Jamsen. From the seminal hip-hop collective he formed with Ol’ Dirty Bastard, GZA, RZA, Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah, the former Cliff Smith has established a successful solo artist/ producing career. But it was his time with supergroup Wu Tang Clan—on such albums as “Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers” and “Wu-Tang Forever”—that he made a mark in history that spurs on such films as “The Wackness.”

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2 08 2008
indie culture

[…] touch of credibility to this indie film paean to New York and its homegrown hip-hop culture. – talkmusictalkIndie culture received the announcement last Oct. 5, 2007 Friday, and […]

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