Gibson credits Denzel Washington’s role in 1999’s “The Hurricane” — about a boxer wrongfully imprisoned for murder — for piquing his interest in acting, which led to his first starring role in 2001’s “Baby Boy” directed by John Singleton. “Denzel inspired me,” he says. “And he’s somebody I idolize and have the utmost respect for.”
When asked to name a “dream director” he’d like to work with, Gibson rattles off a few names: Todd Phillips, David O. Russell, Ryan Coogler, and Ava DuVernay. His number one choice of a director? “I love Steven Spielberg,” he admits. “And even though I worked with him indirectly for the ‘Transformers’ franchise, I would love to be in a dramatic film directed by him.”
Beyond that, Gibson says he has already landed his “dream role” — starring in an upcoming biopic of R&B icon Teddy Pendergrass directed by Lee Daniels (“Empire,” “Precious”).
Says Gibson of the role, “I just cannot wait to take on that role. It’s been ten years in the making, literally. I knew Teddy. I was one of the best men at his wedding and one of the pallbearers at his funeral. So, I just cannot wait to make him proud with this film.”
Tyrese Gibson’s latest film, “Dangerous,” is currently in theaters and on demand.