Q&A: 'SNL' Star Bobby Moynihan & Method Man Talk New Animated Series 'Chozen,' Upcoming Film And Possible Music Collaboration

Who knew there was a bubbling bromance between the Wu Tang Clan's most animated member and Drunk Uncle? SNL mainstay Bobby Moynihan and Method Man have teamed up for FXX's new animated series Chozen, the toon tale of a gay white rapper named Chozen (Moynihan) who is released from prison and pursues his dreams of fame, despite the challenges he faces courtesy of his lyrical arch-nemesis Phantasm (Method Man).

On the final day of New York Comic Con (Oct. 13), the duo premiered episode 1 of the animated series alongside creator/ writer/ rapper-for-this-show Grant Dekernion and executive producer Tom Brady, both credited for the likes of Eastbound & Down and Archer. While the first five minutes call to mind the hip-hop cartoon version of NetFlix's original smash Orange is the New Black, Chozen grabs for all demographics with half-naked male dancing teddy bears, catchy rap tunes and vulgar humor but overall, an unexpected underdog we can all root for.

Here, VIBE spoke with Meth and Bobby about their comic book counterparts and another joint venture they have in the works, which may or may not include music.—Adelle Platon (@adelleplaton)

So when you were first approached about doing Chozen, were you thinking this could go extremely well or terribly wrong?
Bobby Moynihan: From the beginning, I was on-board. It's so well written and I think it's gonna be a brand new thing for so many people. From the start, I was on board. No apprehensions whatsoever.
Method Man: I like anybody that stays true to themselves and their character so I was on board off top.

Is there anything in your characters you wish you found in yourselves?
BM: I wish I was more like Chozen in the way of just living your life exactly how you want to live it and just trying to get to that spot where you're happy with yourself.
MM:: The biggest comparison to Phantasm that I'd like to have would be the lifestyle, sort of, not everything, the big cars, the house, the jewelry, all the extra stuff 'cause now I'm married.

Now we're at Comic Con so were there any comic book character or super hero the both of you always wanted to be as kids?
BM: I mean probably all of them at this point. Superman wouldn't be so bad. I always like the big guys like the Blob. (Laughs)
MM: Since I'm a big comic book fan, I'd have to go with Molecule Man. He's supposed to be the strongest villain and strongest character of the universe 'cause if you can control molecules, you can control everything.

Talk to me a little bit about the movie you both have coming out.
BM: We're both in this film that we just shot called Staten Island Summer. Colin Jost, one of the SNL writers, wrote it. It was produced by Lorne Michaels. It was a blast.
MM: It was. I actually play a real person. His real name is Conko and they're (Bobby's character and Conko) are childhood friends. He wasn't Black though but it's interesting.

You two have obvious chemistry, on-screen and on-off. At the panel, you guys even whipped out a freestyle. Any chance for a real collaboration on wax?
MM: (Smiles) Anything's possible.
BM: Anything's possible. It probably wouldn't be the best idea. (Laughs)
MM: For Bobby.
BM: Yeah, I'll dance around like an idiot in the background but I'll leave the music to him.

Keep an eye out for Chozen which is tentatively slated to debut on FXX in January 2014.

Photo Credit: Instagram

From the Web

More on Vibe

Dimitrios Kambouris

A$AP Rocky Says Beef With Travis Scott Is "Old" And "Played Out"

Harlem's A$AP Rocky hit the stage at the Rolling Loud festival this weekend. Between his set, the uptown-bred decided to unload a freestyle for his fans.

"Another victory be flawless like the skin on me, damn/Please don't compare him and me, you offendin' me," Rocky rapped. Many fans assumed that this was a line aimed at Travis Scott.

"This ain't a diss and we ain't enemies," Rockky continued. "They concerned with making hits, I'm more concerned with breaking history/The loudest n***a in the room the weakest/I guess them quiet dudes need better speakers."

Fans claim during ASAP Rocky’s set he dissed Travis Scott 👀 Do y’all agree or are they reaching?

— The D.H. (@thedailyhood) October 16, 2019

Apparently fans didn't believe Flacko. He took to Twitter to further addressed the situation.


— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) October 16, 2019

Over the years, A$AP Rocky has not been too happy about being compared to Travis Scott, however there has never been bad blood between the two rappers. Last year during an interview with Peter Rosenberg, Flacko praised the G.O.O.D Music artist.

"There's times when I feel like I pioneered a lot of shit, but don't get acknowledgement from certain people or artists. I think a lot of people see it too," Rocky said.

"I think Travis Scott... he makes cool music,"  he continued. "He just had a baby, I'm happy for that."

In other A$AP Rocky news, the "Purple Swag" MC opened up about his addiction to sex during an interview with Angie Martinez for her Untold Stories of Hip-Hop series on Wetv.

"I've been a sex addict for some time," he said. "I can't be embarrassed about it. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I don't do nothing that I'm not proud of speaking on."

Continue Reading
Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Ludacris To Assist Entrepreneurship In Entertainment Program At Georgia State University

Ludacris is celebrating his homecoming at Georgia State University in a memorable way. The school's former student now mega-star announced a program that'll set students down a path of entrepreneurship in the entertainment field. The university's Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) will receive the Atlanta native as an artist-in-resident this fall semester.

"Georgia State is one of the most innovative and diverse universities in the country," he said in a statement, per Georgia State University News Hub. "I couldn't imagine a better place to work with students than CMII." The program was founded in 2014 as a gateway for students to utilize their degrees to enhance Atlanta's music and film sectors and beyond.

In the late '90s, Ludacris pursued a degree in music management. Now, he'll be able to share tips and lectures on successful entrepreneurship and work in tandem with professors.

“Chris is an incredibly talented artist and has so much industry knowledge to share,” Brennen Dicker, CMII executive director, said. “We are excited to see how our students, and really the entire institute, will benefit from this great new partnership.”

Hey @ludacris, time to update your PantherCard! We’re excited to welcome Chris Bridges back to campus this fall as an artist-in-residence in @cmii_gsu. That’s #TheStateWay!

— Georgia State University (@GeorgiaStateU) October 15, 2019

Continue Reading
Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures

Jada Pinkett Smith In Talks To Reprise 'Matrix' Role

Earlier this year, it was announced that The Matrix would return for a fourth storyline. Although a release date has yet to be announced, box office names like Keanu Reeves, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Carrie-Anne Moss, and now Jada Pinkett Smith have been attached to the franchise's upcoming installment.

According to Deadline, Pinkett Smith may step into her previous role of Niobe from the films The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. Her agent is allegedly in negotiations with the movie's producers so it's not set in stone as of yet, but fans of the franchise hope to witness Pinkett Smith's appearance on screen. The Matrix premiered in 1999, depicting a sci-fi story of a battle between humans and machines.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pinkett Smith said her husband and fellow actor, Will Smith, auditioned for the lead role of Neo (played by Reeves). “I knew it would be revolutionary,” she said. He ultimately passed on the character, stating "I probably would have messed The Matrix up. I would have ruined it, so I did y’all a favor.”

The mother-of-two auditioned for Trinity but the role ended up going to Moss. However, the movie's visionaries Lana and Lilly Wachowski wrote Niobe with Pinkett Smith in mind. “I thought Carrie-Anne was the perfect Trinity, and there was no way I could do what she did,” she said. “And that’s the only time in my career I’ve said that about losing a role.”

Continue Reading

Top Stories