Wiz Khalifa is ready to build his film résumé.
“I love movies that tell the story behind the hits and the classics that we love,” Khalifa tells Complex. “To be able to have the opportunity to play another legend, somebody I look up to and who has paved the way for a lot of artists in the game … I was really excited.”
The film illustrates the life and career of record producer and Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart (played by Jeremy Jordan), who helped discover many iconic musicians like Donna Summer, Kiss, and Village People, as well as worked with other superstars like Clinton, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and the Isley Brothers.
Bogart’s son, Timothy Scott Bogart—who experienced his music producer father’s trajectory firsthand—directed, wrote, and produced the film. He wanted to keep it all in the family and invited Clinton’s children and grandchildren to be part of the film and assist Khalifa in his portrayal by being part of his character’s band in the movie. While Clinton didn’t have a say when it came to casting, he approved of the team’s choice and was familiar with Khalifa’s work—particularly his love for weed.
“When I met [Wiz], I could see the person that I was in was true,” Clinton tells Complex. “I was comfortable with what he was doing. Not only that, the people that were making the film are Neil’s kids. I knew them when they were babies so I’m pretty much trusting everybody that had a hand in it. Everybody had a good reason to see it through.”
The film is about artists played by artists and also stars Jason Derulo, Jay Pharoah, Tayla Parx, Michelle Monaghan, Dan Fogler, and Sebastian Maniscalco. Check out Complex’s conversation with Wiz Khalifa and George Clinton about their involvement in Spinning Gold, how they feel about each other, rappers-turned-actors, and more.