Michael K. Williams is currently filming Dirty White Boy, an Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic where he stars as the fallen rapper. During an interview with MTV News, the “Boardwalk Empire” actor explained how he’s getting into character for the flick and why ODB was much deeper than his persona let on.

“I am doing a lot of research on Russell,” he said. “I had the pleasure of meeting his beautiful mother, Ms. Cherry. We sat down for, like, three hours, and she told me the most amazing stuff about her son and a lot of things that the public didn’t know. I’ve been talking to people who know him well … people who knew him when the cameras wasn’t rolling. I’ve got a lot of insight into who he was as a human being and as a man and, dare I say it, scholar. The dude was actually quite smart. You have to be able to recite mathematics and be five percent God body — you can’t play with that. You have to know what you’re talking about. It’s a lot of studying, a lot of knowledge.”

He also spoke on the film being a drama, but said that there will be touches of comedy. The flick will cover the last two years of his life up until the day that he passed away.

“It’s drama, but if you know ODB, there’s going to be some comedy, but we’re not playing to that. It’s going to be shot as a straight piece, no buffoonery, for lack of a better word,” Williams said. “It’s only going to cover the last two years of his life when he was released from prison to the day he died. It’s just an insight into what he struggled with in the public eye.”

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