Monday 20 November 2017

Snipes: People still call me Nino

Wesley Snipes says people still know him for playing Nino Brown
Wesley Snipes says people still know him for playing Nino Brown

Wesley Snipes feels people still see him as his crack-baron character Nino Brown from 1991 cult gangster film New Jack City.

The 47-year-old actor has had a long and expansive film career but revealed to The Independent the role still hung over him when he was shooting new movie Brooklyn's Finest, in which he plays a drugs baron.

Wesley said it happened "every day" on the set, adding: "One actor called me Nino in the middle of a scene! I don't know why people like it. It wasn't even my best work. I have no idea. But they love it."

He told Entertainment Weekly in 2007 that he felt held back by the gangster stereotype.

Wesley said: "All these things, they play into our stereotypes. People think I'm Nino Brown... they think I'm an evil dude."

But he sees Nino as very different from Caz in Brooklyn's Finest, which co-stars Richard Gere, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke as three cops all crumbling under the pressures of the job.

He said: "Nino was a very different kind of a guy. He was a monster, basically a bad guy pretending to be a good guy. Caz, on the other hand, is a good guy. He got caught up in some unfortunate situations. He's a good guy! He really means well. I think that's the biggest difference. Nino didn't want to get out of the game. Caz wants to get out of the game and change his life."

:: Brooklyn's Finest opens on June 9.

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