Del The Funky Homosapien On Role In Jonah Hill's "Mid90s" Film: "I Basically Play A Bum"
publish date: 2018-10-23
Los Angeles, CA – Considering Ice Cube is Del The Funky Homosapien's cousin, perhaps acting skills run in the family. Over the weekend, the Hieroglyphics MC shared a post to Twitter featuring a photo of himself with actor Jonah Hill and revealed he had a role in Hill's directorial debut, Mid90s.
So how did Del The Sometimes Actor happen?
'He basically asked for me,' Del explains to . 'That's how it went. He asked for me. H's a fan. The mid-90s, that's when we was popping, so I guess at first he just wanted it to be a little guest feature or whatever, but then he ended up liking what I was doing, so he ended up calling me back the next day to try something else. Then he just thought it was dope.'
Go see @mid90smovie and shout out the patna @JonahHill for putting me in the movie and having us out to the premier in LA 🤘🏾⚡️#Mid90s 📸: @StephenVanasco pic.twitter.com/K9wfcpccYa
— Del The Funky Homosapien (@DelHIERO) October 20, 2018
Mid90s revolves around 13-year-old Stevie who escapes his turbulent home life by diving board first into skateboarding culture. Del is one of those characters he meets along the way.
'I basically play a bum, a homeless person,' Del says. 'I'm talking with the skaters, basically. The skaters are kids, so I think I ask them for a lighter or something like that, and one of them hands me a lighter and they ask, 'Why you out here, man?' I make up some story about why I'm out there, start talking to them a minute.
'I ask them something like, 'Why y'all skating so hard like that?' and they like, 'We trying to go pro.' I'm like, 'What? You could get money for skating like that? Damn, that's a trip. If I'd know that …' So, we just talkin'. I wasn't really acting.'
In 1993, Del had a small role in Who's The Man starring Yo! MTV Raps' Ed Lover and Doctor Dre, which was a drastically different experience.
'I had to memorize a script for that, so it wasn't the same as this,' he says. 'Jonah Hill just gave me a scenario and the kids a scenario, and let us go from there. So, it wasn't like memorizing a script. He just gave me a scenario and I acted how I would in that scenario.'
As part of the film's rollout, Hill put together a zine called Inner Children featuring 12 interviews with fellow Superbad actor Michael Cera, Edie Falco, Na-Kel Smith and A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, among others. The idea behind the interviews was to explore the inner child inside of everyone.