Written By Danica Dow
Tonight, Tyson Beckford will debut his new film, Hotel California at the 9th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival in Manhattan. In this SOHH exclusive we talk to the super model/actor about the new film, a potential collaboration with Jay-Z and his own foray into hip-hop.
Hotel California, which also stars Simon Rex of MTV fame and Tatyana Ali from the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," revolves around three friends involved in the seedy Los Angeles crime world. When betrayal, greed and dishonesty threaten to sever their close ties, the friends are pushed to the limit as they try to make sense of their failed relationships.
"I'm so looking forward to seeing the finished version," Tyson said of the film. "I've only seen cuts and parts of it from my ADR [Automated Dialog Replacement] session. It's really an action thriller movie, a lot of shooting, a lot of conflict. I think people are really going to like it. It's said to be a cult classic so we'll see."
In addition, Tyson is already eyeing his next role and he is hoping to get hip-hop superstar Jay-Z to sign on to the project.
"Right now I have this script that we're working on that we're getting ready to move on real fast called Lost and Found,” he said. “I spoke to Jay-Z's peoples about it last night and we're gonna get that script to them and we'll see what happens. We'll see if Jay wants to get involved because we could use a couple of his peoples.”
But the possible movie with Jay-Z isn't Beckford's only hip-hop connection. He has also been developing an artist of his own named Bo Nasty.
"You can see him on YouTube,” Tyson added. “We've done a lot of stuff on the streets."
"We're trying to bring back that underground era of the mixtape,” he continued. “We want to give the people something that reminds them of how hip-hop started back in the essence of where it came from. Bo Nasty is from Brooklyn and I'm from the Bronx so it's like two boroughs come together to make something nice.
Hotel California will be playing tonight at 8:15 p.m. at Fordham University: Lincoln Center in Manhattan and tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the Directors Guild Theatre in midtown. For more information check out the New York International Latino Film Festival’s website here.