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Chuck D. making feature film debut

Sept. 25, 2003 at 10:49 AM

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Rapper Chuck D., the charismatic front man of the group Public Enemy and a political rap pioneer, is going to make his feature film debut.

Chuck, also one of the most well-respected songwriters and activists in both the music and film industries, seemed the logical choice when Will Ferrell and Adam McKay cast the leader of the Alarm Clock, a militant political group in the upcoming "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."

"Will and I wanted an outspoken basketball player or a rapper to play the role," McKay told Zap2It from the "Anchorman" set. "We were bouncing around names and we said, 'Yeah, someone who is really out there, like Chuck D.' So, Adam said, 'Let's just ask Chuck.'"

Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" appeared in Spike Lee's 1989 "Do The Right Thing" and became the anthem for a generation of frustrated youths.

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