Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

MC Harvey: Don't stereotype me

MC Harvey doesn't want to be pigeon-holed when it comes to his screen roles

MC Harvey has said that he doesn't want to take stereotypical roles on screen.

The So Solid rapper, who stars in new film All Things To All Men alongside Rufus Sewell and Toby Stephens, said he tries not to be pigeon-holed into certain roles, just because of his skin colour and his council estate background.

"I'm not into the stereotypical element of playing a bad boy. Being a young black man and coming where I come from, it's very easy to get stereotyped in films and I feel people from my culture sometimes shoot the same roles and can't get out of that stigma," he said.

"But [his All Things character] Curtis Carter has got dimension to him as a bad boy. He wasn't your typical 'Let's get me shooter out, give me your money'. [I've] been there and done that. I liked the dimension to him and that's why it intrigued me and interested me."

Harvey, whose real name is Michael Harvey Jr, has been inspired by his past.

"Coming from a group that is from a tough council estate in South London, the type of music I've done talked about violence on the streets and what I'd seen and what was going on. People have got to understand in life, sometimes you're a product of your environment," he explained.

"It's easy for me to relate to the role because I know people like that. I've seen a lot of violence around me as a kid so for me to get into that head space was quite easy."

The 33-year-old father-of-one also said he'd like to do more comedy.

"I prefer shooting comedy roles than serious roles. I'm not a depressing guy. My friends know me as a joker. The only time I turn into a menace is when they say 'Take'."

:: All Things To All Men is in cinemas now.

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