He tells the Los Angeles Times, "I ain’t made no money in movies yet, because of the fact that a movie usually takes about three or four months to film. At the time of American Gangster, I was getting $100,000 a show and doing four to five shows a week. And I only probably got $100,000 for American Gangster something like that. But I didn’t mind. I wanted to do it.
"I’d rather be acting full time at 40 than rapping full time at 40. I just think... it’s more suited for a teenager than a 40 year old. My values, principals, beliefs and things I consider important are worlds away from where they was (sic) when I just came in the game."
But he appreciates he has a few misconceptions about himself to change: "Some people see me as a distinguished young gentleman entering into the next phase of manhood, and some people see me as a young drug dealer-slash-thug who has managed to make his way into the entertainment industry. It just depends on who you ask. "