Drake apol­o­gises for blowup

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By GER­RICK D. KENNEDY By COLIN COVERT

DRAKe has apol­o­gised for rail­ing on Rolling Stone af­ter the mag­a­zine bumped him off the cover in favour of the late Philip Sey­mour hoff­man.

he took to his web­site on Fri­day to is­sue an open let­ter “to clear the air about an ex­tremely emo­tional day”.

“I com­pletely sup­port and agree with Rolling Stone re­plac­ing me on the cover with the leg­endary Philip Sey­mour hoff­man. he is one of the most in­cred­i­ble ac­tors of our time and a man that de­serves to be im­mor­talised by this pub­li­ca­tion,” Drake wrote.

“My frus­tra­tion stemmed from the way it was ex­e­cuted. The cir­cum­stances at hand are com­pletely jus­ti­fi­able (on the mag­a­zines be­half), but I was not able to sal­vage my story or my pho­tos and that was dev­as­tat­ing.”

he went on to write that had he be given the choice, he would have waited “un­til it was my time”.

“I un­der­stand the mag­ni­tude of the cover they chose but I just wasn’t given that op­tion and that made me feel vi­o­lated. I apol­o­gise to any­body who took my ini­tial com­ments out of con­text be­cause in no way would I ever want to of­fend the hoff­man fam­ily or see my­self as big­ger than that mo­ment,” he con­tin­ued.

The rap­per-singer cre­ated a Twit­ter firestorm on Thurs­day when he ad­mon­ished the pub­li­ca­tion in a se­ries of tweets to his more than 14 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers (some of which were sub­se­quently deleted).

he vented over re­marks on Kanye West that he be­lieved were off the record and was peeved that he lost the cover “last minute” af­ter the mag re­placed him with a trib­ute to hoff­man, who died of an ap­par­ent over­dose on Feb 2.

Drake went so far as to say that he was “disgusted” by the pub­li­ca­tion and later added that he’s “done do­ing in­ter­views for mag­a­zines”.

The rap­per didn’t fur­ther ad­dress an­other is­sue he has with the mag­a­zine – that it used com­ments he made over West’s po­lar­is­ing Yeezus, say­ing he was am­biva­lent about the al­bum and crit­i­cis­ing some of the al­bum’s lyrics.

“Af­ter dwelling on it for a few hours or days you will come to the con­clu­sion that you brought it on yourself al­most ev­ery time,” he went on to write. “I re­spect Rolling Stone for be­ing will­ing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover.

“I guess this is a day to learn and grow.” – Los Angeles Times/McClatchy-Tri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices SO, who was Alex Pet­tyfer’s (pic) date on Valen­tine’s Day? It’s his mother.

“What can I say, mate?” he said dur­ing a re­cent pub­lic­ity visit to Minneapolis. “I’m a bor­ing bloke. What I miss most about eng­land when I’m liv­ing here is my mum’s food. She does this pasta with this Arrab­bi­ata with broc­coli and ba­con in it. Lovely! her cook­ing’s got love to it.”

End­less Love is the first ro­man­tic film for the 23-year-old english ac­tor. he plays David el­liot, a blue-col­lar boy with a trou­bled past, who falls for shel­tered rich girl Jade But­ter­field, played by fel­low Brit Gabriella Wilde.

Pet­tyfer, who be­came a teen idol af­ter play­ing a school­boy spy in the 2006 film Storm­breaker, has quickly amassed a di­verse re­sume. he played a space alien hid­ing among earth­lings in the young-adult sci-fi film I Am Num­ber Four, and an aged gang­ster in the fu­tur­is­tic Justin Tim­ber­lake thriller In Time. his best-known role to date was as a handy­man turned male strip­per in the 2012 hit Magic Mike. The role, which mem­o­rably fea­tured him be­ing humped by Matthew McConaughey in a banana yel­low thong, came his way when a cast­ing di­rec­tor for a dif­fer­ent project rec­om­mended him to Steven Soder­bergh.

“I was just lucky” to land the part, he said. “I say I’m the luck­i­est guy in the world.”

Pet­tyfer, who di­vides his time be­tween Bri­tain and Los Angeles, came from an act­ing fam­ily, but it was never as­sumed that he would be a per­former. his par­ents en­cour­aged him to pur­sue a num­ber of dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties in ed­u­ca­tion, sports and en­ter­tain­ment. his brother went on to be­come a ten­nis pro­fes­sional and Pet­tyfer com­peted as a race driver for a time. But fate al­ways seemed to be nudg­ing him to­ward per­form­ing.

he started in com­mer­cials at age six af­ter bump­ing into Ralph Lauren in a toy store. he went from play­ing Willy Wonka in a school pro­duc­tion to star­ring in an english TV pro­duc­tion of Tom Brown’s School Days.

In re­cent years he has had few act­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that use his real ac­cent. For End­less Love, Pet­tyfer and Wilde spent a month per­fect­ing Ge­or­gia speech pat­terns. his role is phys­i­cal, with some fight scenes and a dare­devil se­quence in a burn­ing man­sion, but it was an en­tirely de­light­ful ex­pe­ri­ence, he said.

“It’s not dif­fi­cult work,” he said. “When I’m given an op­por­tu­nity by some­one to tell a story I think is mean­ing­ful, the prepa­ra­tion’s not hard. To cre­ate a movie is hard. And to get the role is hard. But once you’re at­tached, noth­ing’s hard. I’m one of the lucky people in this world that can say I’m do­ing what I love.” – Star Tri­bune/ McClatchy-Tri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

End­less Love is cur­rently play­ing in cin­e­mas na­tion­wide.

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