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Ludacris

The “Fate of the Furious” Interview

with Kam Williams

Luminous Ludacris!

The multi-talented Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has enjoyed a remarkable career. As a recording artist, Bridges has sold more than 15 million albums domestically, thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.”

 Ludacris, The “Fate of the Furious” Interview with Kam Williams, one of music’s premiere entertainers,recording artist, rap

CHRIS “LUDACRIS” BRIDGES as Tej in “The Fate of the Furious.”

Though best known for his infectious tunes, Ludacris has proven himself equally adept at composing powerful songs with serious subject matter, such as the hit “Runaway Love.” Furthermore, his versatility and artistic complexity enabled him to make a seamless transition to acting.

On screen, he most recently co-starred in Furious 7, a follow-up to his stellar work in the Fast and Furious franchise’s 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast Five and Fast & Furious. He was a member of the A-list ensemble assembled for the romantic comedies New Year’s Eve and No Strings Attached.

Luda also delivered critically-acclaimed performances in Hustle & Flow and the Academy Award-winning Best Picture, Crash, as well as on such television series as Empire and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Plus, since stepping back into the studio, he’s been wowing music fans with his 8th studio album, Ludaversal.

The consummate businessman, Luda’s latest venture includes the highly-anticipated Chicken-n-Beer  restaurant coming soon to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  In addition, he is dipping his hands in the tech space by partnering with apps such as Roadie, an on-the-way delivery service.

Luda’s philanthropic efforts rival his entertainment accomplishments. He partnered with Crash writer/director Paul Haggis and Artists for Peace and Justice to help raise more than $4 million for Haitian relief efforts. And he’s raised more than $100,000 for Atlanta flood victims through The Ludacris Foundation, too. Having partnered with Jane Fonda, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela, to name a few, the foundation continues to inspire youth through education.

Here, Luda talks about reprising the role of Tej Parker in The Fate of the Furious opposite Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron and Tyrese.

 Ludacris, The “Fate of the Furious” Interview with Kam Williams, one of music’s premiere entertainers,recording artist, rap

(L to R) Roman (TYRESE GIBSON), Tej (CHRIS “LUDACRIS” BRIDGES), Little Nobody (SCOTT EASTWOOD), Hobbs (DWAYNE JOHNSON), Ramsey (NATHALIE EMMANUEL) and Letty (MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ)

Kam Williams: Hi Luda, thanks for another interview.

Ludacris: What’s up, Kam?

KW: I really loved this film!

L: You and me both. so, I’m glad that you feel it.

KW: Furious 7 left me in tears, given the sensitive way they handled Paul Walker’s exit. So, that left me wondering whether they’d be able to get back to the action following such a moving conclusion. But they handled the transition seamlessly and very tastefully. It works perfectly.

L: It does, Kam. And I feel like this is the most clever of all of them. It’s really smart. If you see it twice, you’ll notice a lot of things you missed the first time. I’m just happy that we continue to outdo ourselves, man, because, at this point, it’s like, “How are we doing this?” There’s definitely a higher power controlling the franchise.

KW: What’s it like shooting without Paul?

L: It’s very emotional. That’s a void that will never be filled. All we can do is carry on his legacy by making the best movie possible. That adds a little pressure on us .

KW: But you did manage to outdo yourselves. Other than James Bond and some of the comic book adaptations, I can’t think of another franchise with such staying power.

L: Exactly! That’s what we like to do… break records!

KW: How do you explain the series’ enduring appeal?

L: I think maybe our really being a family off-screen might have a lot to do with the chemistry you see on-screen.

KW: What’s new about your character, Tej, this go-round?

L: Tej Parker’s happy because he got himself a tank provided by the U.S. government. And you also get to see some skills that you never knew he had. I just love how he continues to grow along with the entire franchise. That makes it so special.     

KW: You have some excellent lines in this episode, and so does Tyrese. The film also features some great banter between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters. And Charlize Theron was a terrific villain.

L: I think Charlize’s addition is one of the picture’s greatest qualities. While women were already fans of the franchise, her performance literally taken it up another notch, because she brings her own fan base.   

KW: She disappeared into the role so well, I didn’t even know it was Charlize for at least 10 minutes after she made her first appearance.

L: Dude, that’s what I’m trying to tell you. She’s so good at what she does that she make Vin and everybody else around her better. We just continue to up the ante.

KW: You know what was hilarious? How Clint Eastwood’s son, Scott, is in the film, but playing a nerd instead of a macho character you’d expect.

L: We always like flipping the script a little and doing the unexpected which is why it’s so successful.

KW: In my review, I said this film is worth the price of admission for the opening scene alone, like Taken, District B-13 and the remake of Dawn of the Dead. That drag race was breathtaking and kept me on the edge of your seat.

L: Exactly, Kam! And it moves from one action sequence to the next without ever losing the integrity or continuity of the storyline.   

KW: What’s going on with you musically, Luda?

L: Everything’s good! I’m getting back into the bloodstream of music. I just dropped a single called Vitamin D. Everybody’s talking about the video. You definitely need to check it out. There’s this whole hoopla about this CGI (computer-generated) chest and abs I have in it.   

KW: Tell me a little about your upcoming projects.

L: I have an independent film called Ride coming out, and I do some voiceover work in a movie called Show Dogs. Besides that, on TV, they’re bringing back the  show Fear Factor with me as the host.

KW: Congratulations! Harriet Pakula-Teweles asks: With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in?

L: If Halle Berry does a remake of Monster’s Ball, I’d like to play Billy Bob Thornton’s character.

KW: [LOL] Ling-Ju Yen asks: What is your earliest childhood memory?

L: My earliest childhood memory? That’s a good question, Kam. Just going out to the park with my mom, and playing on the slides and the swings.

KW: Was there a meaningful spiritual component to your childhood?

L: I grew up Christian, if that’s what you’re asking. I prefer not to get into discussions of religion these days. But I’m very much a believer in a higher power.

KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?

L: If I could have one wish instantly granted, I would probably ask for world peace.

KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?

L: Wow! That’s such a good question. I really have to think about that… I wish somebody would ask me if I could cook, and I’d tell them, “Hell no!”

KW: Well, what’s your favorite dish to eat?

L: Chicken Parmesan.

KW: Larry Greenberg asks: Do you have a favorite movie monster?   

L: The Predator, because he had dreadlocks. I felt like he was Jamaican.

KW: Susan Doran asks: How did you come up with the name Ludacris? I figure that the “cris” part comes from Chris being your real first name.

L: That’s exactly right. Since my music embodied the dictionary definition of “ludicrous,” I think it was kind of creative to combine it with my name and come up with “Ludacris.”

KW: Finally, what’s in your wallet?

L: An American Express Black Card, man.

KW: Thanks again for the time, Luda, and best of luck with the film, the new single and the new TV show.

L: Thank you, Kam.


To order a copy of Luda’s latest CD, Ludaversal, visit: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00TH87IM4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News

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