There has been a lot of talk, especially in the hip hop world, about Kid Cudi making his acting debut in the upcoming episode of How to Make It in America. I think Cudi fans should prepare to be disappointed. The amount of face time their hero is actually going to get is probably not what they are expecting. I like Cudi as much as the next guy, well, maybe not some of these guys, but you should be realistic in your expectations. Coming into this production, he has had exactly zero television or movie credits. That's not exactly the kind of credentials that would convince a director or producer to make you the centerpiece of his show. Being someone that has actually seen the pilot, I guess I actually know exactly how much PT he will be getting, which is why I'm writing this. Since the pilot was shot over a year ago Cudi has blown up in the music world receiving three Grammy nominations, and grabbing album of the year from respected sources like Complex Magazine. The people at HBO are not idiots, no doubt they have been keeping an eye on his career and worked to get him more scenes in later episodes. But it's going to be a slow start.
How to Make It in America started out as a two man show of Ben (Bryan Greenberg) and Cam (Victor Rasuk) hustling their way to fame and fortune. As the cast came together and they were able to add some great talent, How to Make It became more of an ensemble. That being said, it's only a half hour show. There is only so much room to get someone like Luis Guzman or Lake Bell in front of the camera. The reality is Cudi is seventh on the call sheet. Meaning there are six other actors that will be focused on more than him. Not to mention guest stars, lots of hipster extras, and hot sluts they're going to have to parade in front of the camera. Actual scenes with Mr. Mescudi might be few and far between. This is just a warning. Brace yourself and be prepared to be disappointed if you are expecting Cudi to be the star of the show. Be patient and don't expect him to come out and set the world on fire.