Bishop Brigante speaks exclusively about his new gore-filled movie, Evil Feed [Interview]
Vancouver, BC – Toronto’s Bishop Brigante needs no introduction to long-time HipHopCanada readers as we’ve been covering his movements for over a decade. More often than not, we’ve connected with Bish to talk about his music but this time the main focus is his new movie, Evil Feed. For those just getting familiar with the rapper/actor, let’s jump into a bit of history.
You see, from his very first steps onto the scene, Bishop has left heavy impressions; omitting a natural level of confidence and backing it up with results. You can sense his passion for creative arts and the level of comfort he maintains when he’s in the spotlight. Some people just seem like they were born for entertainment and I’ve always felt that he was one of those guys. If you don’t like him from what you’ve seen in interviews or King of the Dot appearances, don’t expect to feel differently in person. He’s the same on and off the camera. He speaks his mind, knowing that doing so will leave him off a least a few people’s Christmas lists in the process.
Things started out fast for Bish in ’98 with an undefeated run on the “Eat The Beat” segment of DJ X’s legendary Power Move radio show. Week after week, Bishop ran through the competition and developed a fierce reputation in Toronto as a battle champ. This was before any actual tracks had come out but he didn’t disappoint with the release of singles “Kipling 2 Kennedy” and “Strange To The Eye” shortly thereafter. [More]
A placement on the classic Canadian Rap Essentials compilation inspired Choclair to reach out, and it wasn’t long before Bishop was touring with him. At the time, Choclair was fresh off the success of Ice Cold so the fact that he showcased Bishop on tour and featured him on his next album (Memoirs of Blake Savage) spoke volumes on his own belief in Bishop’s potential. It was also one of many co-signs that Bishop has received from respected members of the hip-hop community. He’s accomplished quite a bit in his career and has garnered the respect of his peers. He’s a member of Onyx’s 100Mad collective and he’s an original member of the S.L.U.G. movement. There’s a ton of other things I could mention (BET’s 106 & Park appearance, Jin Battles etc.) but I’m here to talk movies. Most importantly, before we switch gears, expect a lot more music in the future; he’s far from done.
That being said, Bishop’s acting career has recently been revived and it seems like he’s already got worked lined up well into the next year. In the past, he had a role in the movie Narc (Ray Liotta, Jason Patric) and the TV show Platinum (Sticky Fingaz, Jason George). He made an appearance in the show Against the Wall (Episode: Baby, Did a Bad Thing) in 2011, and has also recently played the role of TV host through Ultimate MC and numerous King of the Dot appearances. Just recently Bishop and his cast mates wrapped up the shooting for the action-horror flick Evil Feed and he’s already shifted to a next project. IMDb has listed Evil Feed as a story of young martial artists who infiltrate an underground fighting ring where the loser is sliced up and served in a Chinese restaurant.
Keep reading to find out more about the new films and other Brigante business.
Bishop Brigante – Q&A
HipHopCanada: Peace Bishop, thanks for taking time once again to chop it up with HipHopCanada. This time we’re going to jump right into the big news of late, your latest movie. How did the Evil Feed situation come to be?
Bishop Brigante: I have a long time friend Lucianna Carro (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies) who’s an actress and knows the director Kimani. They were kicking it in LA and watching audition tapes for the Carlos character. They couldn’t find what they were looking for in those tapes and that’s when Lucianna told them about me. She pulled up my acting reel on YouTube and they were sold on the spot. Long story short, she called me and put us in touch and within a couple days I had secured the role. I’m very grateful to Lucianna for that help out. She’s always been a great person.
HipHopCanada: What’s your character Carlos all about? Anything you had a hard time taking on in terms of character traits?
Bishop Brigante: Actually not at all. I think the reason why I accepted the role was how similar the character was to my own personality. Carlos is basically a Spanish kid from the hood, who has joined this dojo to learn martial arts with his homie Tyrone (Alain Chanoin), and he ends up getting caught in this crazy mix-up of a situation. He’s very witty and quick, but also very loyal to his past and where he is from.
HipHopCanada: What other kind of parallels do you seen between the life of Carlos and your own life as an artist and actor?
Bishop Brigante: Aside from the martial arts, it actually blew my mind how much Carlos was written like my real life persona. The friends I have around me are all witty and have a crazy sense of humor. Which keeps us all on our toes on a daily basis. So when I read the script and caught the humor and witty remarks, I felt like this was gonna be a walk in the park for me. You’re definitely going to get the Brigante humor from Carlos.
HipHopCanada: Let’s talk about the rest of the cast for a minute. Canadian actors like Laci J Malley, Terry Chen and Alain Chanoine. Who have you enjoyed working with the most?
Bishop Brigante: I’ve enjoyed working with the entire cast and crew as a whole. Everyone from the directer to an actor or the camera man, were so great to work with. I was mostly in scenes and working with Alain the most, so of course we grew to be a team. I learned so much from him as he is also a stunt actor. We vibed off of each others skills and learned a lot. It was really fun working with him. There was also an actor named Johnson Phan who I learned a lot from. He literally killed everything he did in this movie and in my opinion is a star. Once he gets that big break, I feel that this guy is going to be up there with the greats for many years to come. You’ll have to watch this movie to see how he works. just incredible.
HipHopCanada: Is it easy (or even on your radar) to pick up new tricks/techniques when you’re surrounded by so many other actors?
Bishop Brigante: Absolutely! I’m always learning no matter what venture I’m involved in. I pay attention to every detail I can with every project. It’s not only the actors that I try to learn from though. I’m learning from producers, camera men, directors… I love the film and television business so much. It’s a career that I am finally taking a lot more serious than it may have looked before.
HipHopCanada: How did working with director Kimani Ray Smith compare to previous directors you had worked with?
Bishop Brigante: You can’t really compare directors unless it’s a series you’re working on where a few different ones will do different episodes. With Evil Feed, this was the kind of movie I never thought I would be involved with. Watching Kimani’s focus and story come to life was amazing. His acting background itself helped him to relay what he wanted from us on camera perfectly. I’m really excited to see how this project pulls together after post production.
HipHopCanada: What can you tell us about the genre of the movie? It’s billed as a Action / Horror. Can we expect a Quentin Tarantino ‘Grindhouse‘ style approach?
Bishop Brigante: That would be the best “Genre” to place it in for sure. It’s gore, it’s over the top and sometimes it’s absolutely ridiculous! [Laughing] Evil Feed has definitely pushed the boundaries in the movie world. I can’t wait to see the people’s response to the film. it’s pretty crazy.
HipHopCanada: When and how will we be able to see Evil Feed?
Bishop Brigante: I believe they have plans for an early 2013 release. If all goes as planned we’ll be in the theatres in no time. I’ll definitely keep HipHopCanada posted with all the updates.
HipHopCanada: Rumor has it that another opportunity might have come your way during the shooting of Evil Feed. Can you speak on that?
Bishop Brigante: Yes! While I was filming Evil Feed I was offered another role in a movie called “Chupacabras vs The Alamo” with Erik Estrada. It’s a movie coming out on the Sci Fi network. It’s another crazy film about a pack of wild mutant dog like creatures attack a city in Texas. The police join forces with a street gang to stop them before they kill everything in sight. It’s another pretty intense film.
HipHopCanada: Chupacabras! I have a couple more acting related questions. Some fans who had a chance to see the teaser have been anxious to know what happened to Random Walk? It looked like it had potential to be a good movie. Dope concept for sure.
Bishop Brigante: Ah man, I get this question so many times! Basically that is all in the hands of the production company I shot the film with. I’m not sure at present time what the status is, but I would love to see that movie come to fruition. I can’t call it though. I wish I could cause I felt I did some great stuff in that movie, and the story line was pretty crazy.
HipHopCanada: Do people still approach you about your role in Narc?
Bishop Brigante: Funny thing is yes. Just the other day I was out front of a studio, and while I was on the phone, a random man was passing by and shouted out to me about the movie Narc. He literally didn’t fit the description of a hip-hop fan or anything, and all he was talking about was my performance in Narc. It’s a cult like classic so those kinds of movies stick around for a long time. I’m glad to have been a part of it, and to still get recognition for my work in the movie.
HipHopCanada: Rumor also has it that you might be permanently relocating to the West coast. Any truth to that?
Bishop Brigante: Not at all. I love visiting and working in Vancouver, but my heart and soul is in Toronto. Work wise, I may spend a few months here and there out in the west or in LA, but I’ll always be back in the Dot on my down time.
HipHopCanada: Now, I know we hit you up to talk about the acting side of things but an interview wouldn’t be complete without touching on the music. What’s new?
Bishop Brigante: I’ve spent a lot of time in the studio on my off days from filming. I was able to record the actual theme song for the Evil Feed movie with production from Vago (Vanguards) with additional vocals from the duo Dani and Lizzy. I spent a lot of time working with Dani and Lizzy ’cause I think they are an incredible talent in Vancouver. We actually recorded 4 songs for their mixtapes and album. They’re songwriters but they can rap their asses off too. You’ll be hearing a lot more about them in the near future considering their Number 1 song they’ve written with Offspring recently killing the charts. They’ve inspired great music out of me and I can’t wait to share it with the fans.
HipHopCanada: Thanks for your time, Bish. Anything else you’d like to add before we wrap things up?
Bishop Brigante: For more info and updates please check in on my IMDB profile regularly.
*** Be sure to check out Bishop’s Acting Reel.
Written by Jesse “Dutchy” Plunkett for HipHopCanada
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