October 11th, 2011
05:40 PM ET
There are actors who love the franchises they've landed, and then there are the actors who really, really love them - so much so, getting a tattoo in honor of the movie wouldn't be out of the question.
Singer/actor Tyrese Gibson would be the latter. While talking about the Blu-ray/DVD release of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," the 32-year-old admitted that he's been a fan since childhood.
"Watching 'Transformers' in my drawers with a bowl of Lucky Charms – that’s me," Tyrese told CNN. "I’ve got a ‘Transformers’ tattoo of an Autobot symbol on my right forearm. You can do no wrong when it comes to ‘Transformers’ with me."
Of the whispers that there will be a "Transformers 4" despite lead Shia LaBeouf and director Michael Bay saying they weren't interested in a fourth round, Tyrese says at this point, he hasn't heard any updates. Nonetheless, "I’m hopeful as a fan," he says. "I don’t care if I’m not in every single scene in the movie. I’m honored beyond words to be able to say that I’ve been a part of history shooting one of my favorite childhood cartoons."
As far as where the story could go at this point, three movies in, "with very capable writers and a team, they’re going to create some type of storyline to renew the franchise. I don’t think there’s anything that can’t be figured out."
Not that he's waiting with bated breath. He's got a John Singleton project he's working on with "Baby Boy" co-star Taraji P. Henson (who's also in his "Stay" music video), a book with Rev. Run called "Manology," plus a film about Teddy Pendergrass' life story that he'll star (and, of course, sing) in.
"We’re still in the beginning phases of everything, but it’s definitely going to happen," he says of the Pendergrass film. "It’s not an opportunity, it’s a responsibility. Teddy Pendergrass is one of the real greats of R&B/soul music, and he set a tone. He gave me that blessing to play him in a movie before he died."
By his own admission, Tyrese has been steadily working on films, being a part of not only the success of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" but also the success of 2011's "Fast Five." But now, with the arrival of his fifth studio album, "Open Invitiation," he's reminding those who may have forgotten about his vocal talents.
"It’s real R&B music," he says. "No one sounding like robots - it’s real singing, real music and it’s not over-saturated with appearances. I get back to real R&B."
"I’ve done this album independently, and it's a different type of vested interest," Tyrese went on. This record "is the most important album my career."
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" is available on Blu-ray/DVD, with a deluxe edition expected to arrive later this year. "Open Invitation" arrives November 1.
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