If you’ve ever seen the TV series Boston Public, Prison Break or The War At Home, then you know Michael Rapaport. The New York native has acted in more than 40 films and recently made his directorial debut with Beats, Rhymes And Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest. The tremendously entertaining documentary on one of the most influential hip-hop groups ever is screening as part of our Marathon at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea tonight, Thursday, October 20, and will be followed by a Q&A session with Rapaport himself. Here are a few fun facts about the hip-hop fanatic that you can ask him about, if you dare.
Growing up, Rapaport was expelled from multiple schools for what he calls “disruptive issues.” Said Rapaport, “I was a class clown on steroids.”
He named his son Maceo after Maseo aka Pasemaster Mase of De La Soul.
His favorite place to get a slice in New York is Patsy’s in Spanish Harlem or Joe’s in Greenwich Village.
He was named MVP of the 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game. Rapaport on what it was like to guard Terrell Owens: “I resorted to talking shit because I knew that was my only chance to keep him close to me. I’m big, strong and fast at talking shit, so that was my great equalizer.”
His top five MCs: Big Daddy Kane, KRS One, Rakim, Tupac and Jay-Z.
His favorite ATCQ songs: “Butter,” “Check The Rhime,” “Lyrics To Go,” “Sucka Nigga,” “Bonita Applebaum” and “Scenario,” although he notes that Tribe “never made a bad song.”
He evicted actress Natasha Lyonne (of American Fame fame) from the building he owns in NYC because her apartment “looked like a grenade had gone off. There was garbage everywhere. There were glasses smashed in the kitchen and standing water in the clogged tub with flies hovering over it.”
He’s starred in a slew of music videos, including roles as a tough guy investigator in Jay-Z’s “The City Is Mine” and a child’s victimizer in Ludacris’ “Runaway Love.”
He idolized Robert De Niro growing up. His favorite De Niro flick? “Raging Bull…The film-making and the performance by De Niro literally changed the crafts forever. It was like seeing somebody dunk a basketball for the first time.”
His next project is a film called Little Boy, out in 2012, in which he will act alongside Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson.
Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest is screening on Thursday, October 20, at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Michael Rapaport.