Did you write the rap songs that are used in "Malibu's Most Wanted?"
We wrote some of them but I improv'd a lot, too, because raps are best when they come off the cuff. A lot of them came off the cuff. The one on stage we wrote the night before, we wrote different lyrics and sometimes I came up with stuff. I always had them planned but we always thought they could get better.
Now that you're this rap star, do you plan on releasing a CD and going that route?
(Laughing) Maybe, just goofy raps. I don't think I'd get too far.
Is there a particular white rapper you modeled this character after?
No, I'm not modeling after Eminem. I model [it after] myself actually. It's kind of based on me and a lot of other white kids. There's this white kid that I used to see in Beverly Hills. He'd be on Rodeo Dr. and he'd be like, "Hey fool, I don't want to see your a** in front of Tiffany's no more."
Anthony Anderson said you're as crazy as you appear on your TV show. He also said you're a very talented individual. Do you agree with the crazy assessment?
Yes, I definitely say so. Not crazy in a bad way, I'm just kind of like a guy who is like an instigator, like a little 'Rugrat.'
What was it like working opposite Taye Diggs and Anthony Anderson?
They are a dream team. They are a fantastic team, but two totally different individuals. Taye is like a very funny, controlled, knows where he's going to go, sedate individual. He's very funny and he knows what he's going to do. He's the 'cool man.' Anthony's like a wild, high-energy, off-the-top-of-his-head, crazy man, so those energies balance each other out nicely. Then you throw me in the mix and I'm like a mix. Sometimes I can be like Taye and sometimes like Anthony. Other times I'm just a dork.
You have two very white bread actors – Ryan O'Neal and Bo Derek – playing your parents in this film.
Yes, I know. It's so white bread, I love it.
So how was it having Ryan O'Neal and Bo Derek play your parents?
Man, Ryan is so funny. He had great jokes and one-liners. He'd come on the set, like the second day we were working together, and he'd say, "Good morning darling," and he'd kiss me on the lips. I didn't know what to make of it. I just realized that that was like a 70's actor's thing. He came up in the 70's in film. I was like, "That’s what they must have done." Every day I was greeted by a kiss by Ryan. He's a loving, gentle man.
I really wanted to kiss Bo Derek on her lips (laughing). I always got cheeked. She was really sweet.
There's also a love story in "Malibu’s Most Wanted." Do you see yourself as a romantic leading man?
(Laughing) Not in the traditional sense. Not in the sense that it's like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. I see it more as like a leading man more like the Jim Carrey or Tom Hanks, or something. I don't want to say Tom Hanks though because he's like the biggest star and then people will think I'm like comparing myself to him. But more like offbeat, more in the sense that I'd like to be a wounded leading man. Instead of a pillar of strength, I'd be the scared one.