Freddie Gibbs reacts to ‘best actor’ praise for debut film role

Freddie Gibbs have responded to New York Times praised his acting performance in Diego Ongaro’s Down with the king.

In an article published by the outlet titled “And the 2023 Oscar nominees should be …” the paper’s culture critics Manohla Dargis and AO Scott reviewed each Oscar category and selected those they believed were denied a proper nomination.

Their Best Actor list included Freddie Gibbs along with Daniel Kaluuya, Jafar Panahi, Franz Rogowski and Viggo Mortensen, blowing away Gary, the Indiana rapper.

“Bruhhh,” he wrote on Twitter along with a head exploding emoji.

Down with the King was released on June 28, 2021 and debuted at a number of festivals, including the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in France.

The film follows Gibbs as a rapper in the role of Money Merc, who goes to a rural area in the Berkshires, Massachusetts to record his next album. While looking for new inspiration, Merc’s attention turns to farming thanks to a friendship with his neighbor.

Gibbs told Deus & Mero that when he was first cast in the role, which was his first ever acting role, he began studying his favorite Hollywood actors such as Samuel L. Jackson.

“I’ve really studied cats like Samuel L. Jackson — that’s my favorite actor of all time,” he said. “So I’ve just been looking at some things and trying to figure out and some things that I want to do, and like I said, I was really studying and writing and starting to get a feel for it.”

In a separate interview with Complex, Ongaro said he worked closely with Alfredo the rapper to ensure that the character fits him like a glove.

“Freddie Gibbs and I worked closely together to create Mercury’s character and backstory; some of it drew from Freddie’s experiences and values, a lot of it invented,” said Ongaro. “It was an absolute thrill to work with someone as sharp and multi-talented as Freddie in this collaborative way.”

Freddie Gibbs had a lot to celebrate in 2022, including the release of his fifth studio album $oul $old $epartly, which dropped on September 30 and is the rapper’s most successful solo project to date, debuted in the Top 20 and moved around 22,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.

During an Ask Me Anything session (AMA) on Reddit Piñata the rapper suggested that the album could potentially be his last after an eager fan asked about Montanathe rumored follow-up to the 2019s Bandana, would ever see the light of day.

“No one. this is my last album. Ask Madlib,” Gibbs replied.

This claim coincides with another interview Gibbs did with Bootleg Kev in October, where he was asked to comment Alfred 2 potentially underway Alchemist.

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“It’s funny you say that,” Gibbs said when Kev brought up the idea, “but I just told you that every time I make an album I feel like I might not make another one. I have a lot of stuff to make.”

He added: “This whole process of recording an album. I barely got to see my kids much, on tour, man, I’m really ready to just chill, dog. I don’t know if I can’t go anymore through the process of recording an album. I don’t know if I can.”

He said the couple “flirted” with the idea all along, but that he believed $oul $old $separately to be his best work. “If I was going to do another album, this would be it,” Gibbs said.

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