Common: Serena helped me with role
Rap star Common has revealed that being with tennis ace Serena Williams helped him understand how to play an athlete in his latest movie role.
The artist plays a top-notch basketball player in Just Wright, which also stars Queen Latifah.
"One thing I got to say is that athletes, they play through the pain. I've seen the pain that not only Serena or Venus [Williams, Serena's fellow tennis star and sister] would go through, but other the athletes that I know," he said.
He went on: "I gained a lot of respect for athletes doing this role because it's a superhuman ability to go out there and be in that pain and because of the level of skill that they possess."
Common also joked he found it difficult to accept that he couldn't beat his girlfriend at tennis.
"I hit with her a couple of times but it's kind of tough ... me, having an athletic mind-state and not being able to defeat your companion," he joked. "If I'm playing Uno, I want to win."