By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway
When Wiz Khalifa steps off the 2012 MTV Movie Awards stage he may leave with a little more than just musical props. With so many Hollywood A-listers in the building, the Taylor Gang captain might just walk away with a new career in acting.
“My show is evolving and everything that I’m doing, so it’s going to be more themed,” Khalifa revealed to MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway after his rehearsal at the Gibson Theater in Universal City, California. “You know it’s for the movie thing so it’s going to be more theatrical, so people are going to see that side of it as well as me performing and giving my energy.”
Khalifa has already done some on-camera work. Last year he and Snoop Dogg shot their upcoming stoner comedy“Mac & Devin Go to High School.”It was Wiz’s first acting gig, but by the time the movie wrapped the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania MC saw his progress. “I had to do makeup every day to cover my tattoos. I had to spray my hair to get the blond out, but it was cool. It was an experience, and it was really, really fun to be a novice at acting, be brand-new and then have to learn,” Khalifa told MTV News last December. “I watched the movie, and I can actually see myself getting better in the movie.”
For now however Wiz seems really focused on the music. On August 28 he is scheduled to drop his sophomore album O.N.I.F.C. (Only N—a in First Class) and is currently promoting the LP’s first single “Work Hard, Play Hard,” which he will be performing Sunday night during the big show.
Of course tonight’s “theatrical” set should build anticipation for the upcoming album and if it helps Wiz land an new acting gig or two, he’d welcome the opportunity. “That would be tight,” he said with his patented Khalifa cackle.
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