Kanye West's Runaway movie launch
Published 08/10/2010 | 12:52
Kanye West launched his movie debut, and compared his work to that of Michael Jackson.
The hip hop star directed and starred in short film Runaway, which he presented at Bafta in London, to a star-studded audience which included Alexandra Burke, Mr Hudson and Marina and The Diamonds.
Kanye told them: "With the passing of Michael Jackson, I feel a responsibility to bring things to our generation that can inspire and bring real culture to pop culture. I don't sleep any more thinking how we are going to fill this gap, and create something to inspire on the level he did."
The 33-year-old singer went on: "With everything I've been through in the past year, it was divine intervention that helped the making of this."
Kanye revealed he would like to work with Star Wars creator George Lucas on future projects.
The troubled star, who lost his mother in 2007 and last year made headlines when he interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV VMA's, went on to reveal he had received death threats over the incident.
And while he has since apologised, he said of Taylor, "She still hasn't hit me up [called me back]). I'm over that. I'm an artist and I'm all about my movie now and am leaving that behind."
Kanye also said: "I promised I wouldn't tear up... but have you heard of a little thing called Lindsay Lohan's Ungaro collection? That was like the 9/11 of fashion. It was game over for me after that as no one would take a celebrity trying to do fashion seriously."