Hip-hop heavyweight MARION 'SUGE' KNIGHT has helped boost a pal's film career by attacking his rap rivals on camera.
The former Death Row Records boss is the focus of young filmmakers Jabari Henley and Shane Taylor's short, The Mic, which pokes fun at rap stars like Eminem and Dr. Dre.
Knight agreed to rant about his rivals as a favour to pal Big U - Henley's father.
Producer Josh Sands, who oversaw the project at the Hollywood Film & Acting Academy, says, "Jabari and Shane came to me with this idea and said they could get Suge Knight on camera. I wasn't convinced but then he just showed up. He was here for about two hours.
"He's a very intimidating character, but a real natural in front of the camera."
The short was shot three weeks ago and has only just been completed - because Knight's comments had to be heavily edited.
Sands adds, "He doesn't mention Dr. Dre or Eminem by name but it's clear who he's talking about and some of the things he said were really graphic. Legally we couldn't release some parts of the interview.
"In the end we had about five minutes and our plan is to put the film online to help promote the Hollywood Film & Acting Academy."
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