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Hosea Chanchez Talks Malik's Future on 'The Game,' Playing MLK Jr

VIBE caught up with Hosea Chanchez, who is known as The Game's bad boy Malik. He couldn't reveal much about the show but we did pull some hints from him about what to expect for season five, the desire to play Martin Luther King Jr. in a biopic and his non-profit youth organization.

When last season of The Game ended, it looked like Malik might have to start taking responsibility for someone else, which is sort of like a role reversal. I know you can’t reveal too much but can you elaborate on that or at least tell me if I’m hot or cold?

[Laughs] You are hot! I hate dealing with stuff like this because we can’t say anything. I’m excited to just talk to the fans about the show but they forbid us from saying anything other than Brandy is on the show.

Yeah, journalists hate that but you have to stick to your contract so it is what it is. As far as Brandy being on the show, what can we expect with her relationship with your character?

She’s not really too much in my parts this season but she has had things where she’s worked with everybody. You’re gonna have to wait and see but she’s a really good actress. She’s on point, so that makes it easy to work with her.

What can fans expect from this season in general?

A bigger show. Bigger, better in looks, better in acting and better in storylines.

Malik is a really complex character, but what is your favorite thing about playing him and what’s the hardest thing about playing him?

My favorite thing about playing him is that he’s so honest. He says whatever’s on his mind. He has no filter. And that is probably the most likeable thing about the character for me is that he does everything based on truth—it’s his truth but truth. And the hardest thing about playing him is when he is a lot less careful. And he will just say something to double the score. So it’s a gift and a curse in a way because it’s opposite of myself because I’m very conscious of what I put out into the world—you know—what energy I give other people and how I handle my surroundings, and he’s the opposite so that’s the hardest thing as far as playing him.

Have you learned anything about yourself from playing that character?

The character himself has taught me that because it is a challenging role for me because he’s absolutely nothing like me. Playing him takes studying, he takes discipline, he takes all of that stuff for me as an actor. So I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is how to be more patient as a person.

I have to ask but will Malik keep a steady relationship this time around?

[Laughs] You know what? Maybe one day. Hopefully. But not right now; I don’t think so.

In addition to acting you have a charity. Talk about what it is and the inspiration behind and your mission.

Watch Me Win is a youth non-profit organization and what we do is teach kids how to overcome economical and mental roadblocks. The brain behind this is my upbringing and how my grandparents provided me with a way to be free mentally. If you can free your mind from all these different things—these roadblocks that you have, these different energies, these different doubts and insecurities then you can overcome the mental capacity to judge and suppress certain things and you will be limitless. A lot of kids don’t really get the opportunity to know that. So teaching them how to tap into those things that make them the most powerful as people in general—it doesn’t matter whether they’re Black, White or Asian, the keys to success in life are often from the mental capacity to see it, to feel it to taste it, to view it, and to actually believe that you can grab it. And I’m not talking about monetary success, I’m talking about tapping into your purpose or tapping into your passion, living a healthy life and things that extend past monetary success.

Speaking of success, you have a production company what are you working on with that?

I’m doing some producing coming up in 2012, television and film. Television and film should depict real life. For me, as long as there is a place and time in this world where there is a culture or society or a people that reflects whatever it is, I think the art should be told. My thing is, as long as it’s authentic to what’s real then I wanna do it. No matter what the story is, I have no boundaries about that, no matter what the race or the product is, as long as it’s real, as long as there’s a place and time that we can shine that light on that culture, that lifestyle, that existence then we should tell our story.

I have a series of random questions I want to ask you. One, what’s your ideal role to play?

I just wanna act and I just wanna play real people. If they’re real and they exist then that’s my job as an artist, I don’t have an ideal role because they’re all ideal every time I get one, as long as they’re real people.

If you could play anyone in biopic, who would you be?

Martin Luther King. I think that he is one of the greatest men that ever lived.

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