Tyrese Gibson Doesn't Want the Life of Vin Diesel, Will Smith: "My Interest Is Not to Be a Movie Star"
"You got people waking up every day saying, 'How can I be more famous?' ... I don’t want that life," he said at the Aruba International Fim Festival.
Tyrese Gibson opened up at the Aruba International Film Festival about his desires as a musician, actor and artist, telling press in the promotion of his 25-minute short film Shame that he doesn't want to be a movie star.
The Fast and Furious and Transformers star described the struggles he faces as an actor. "When you become really successful in box office, you get typecast and put into a box," he said, according to a report from Film Journal.
The singer-songwriter said that despite his global fame and success, he doesn't want to be a "movie star," explaining, "My interest is not to be a movie star, I’m just focused on the arts. I love it. I got a lot of people that look up to me, and the fact that I have this God-given stage to motivate and inspire people, that’s the biggest gift in the world. It’s something that I don’t take for granted."
Though he's worked with successful "movie stars," he is choosing to avoid that lifestyle because of the pressure it demands.
"You got people waking up every day saying, ‘How can I be more famous?’ That’s not my interest. Being around the Vin Diesels and the Will Smiths of the world, I don’t want that life," he said. "That’s a different level of pressure that I don’t necessarily want to carry."
Nevertheless, Gibson said he would love to be considered for roles in the films of successful directors, naming "Paul Haggis, Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Lee Daniels, James Mangold, Martin Scorsese ... these guys have a list of people they call all the time, the same f—ing people ... I gotta be on this list. So instead of me complaining, I said I’m gonna create something to get on their radar."