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Snoop Dogg: The ‘Turbo’ interview

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Calvin Cordozar Broadus – aka Snoop Doggy Dogg, aka Snoop Dog and most recently Snoop Lion, tweaking his image last year when he recorded a reggae album in Jamaica called "Reincarnated" – talks about his latest screen outing as Smooth Move in "Turbo," an animated adventure about a snail who dreams of entering the Indianapolis 500.

Kam Williams: Hi Snoop, thanks for the interview.

Snoop Dogg: My pleasure, Kam.

KW: What interested you in "Turbo?"

SD: Well I've wanted to do a family movie for a while now. Being able to watch a movie with my family and some of the kids from my Snoop Youth Football League has always been a goal of mine, so when (director) David Soren reached out to me about "Turbo" I was all for it. And my character is a smooth little snail...I thought it was a cool concept.

KW: How would you describe Smoove Move?

SD: He's a slick little guy. He's calm and cool just like me.

KW: Did you base your approach to the character on anybody?

SD: I based him on myself because the character was written for me.

KW: How would you compare doing voice work for an animated film to appearing on screen in a live action adventure?

SD: The process for doing voice work goes by much quicker as opposed to shooting a feature. You can pretty much go in and knock it out in a day or two. It feels very natural for me to express myself using only my voice, so it wasn't too difficult.

KW: What message do you think people will take away from "Turbo?"

SD: I think they will be inspired and in a good mood. It's a fun, family movie.

KW: Why did you change your name to Snoop Lion?

SD: My name was given to me. I didn't just decide to change it one day. But I ran with it to reflect a more peaceful and positive attitude for my new "Reincarnated" project. The Snoop Dogg name is so connected to hip-hop, and I didn't want to change that. Hip-hop raised me, and I would never turn my back on it.

KW: What inspired you to become a Rastafarian and to release that reggae album, "Reincarnated?"

SD: I'm a spiritual man and I've always felt connected to Rastafari. I'm not a Rastafarian but I've got so much respect for the lifestyle and religion, and I'm so thankful I was able to meet some of the most influential Rastafarians during my Jamaica trip. They taught me so much and really helped me evolve into who I am today.

I felt in this stage of my life it was time to make a record that reflected my lifestyle...positive, peaceful and family oriented. I've always had a connection to Reggae and it was the right music to fully display my new lifestyle in a way that was natural for me. JAH RASTAFARI!

KW: How did you come to collaborate with Miley Cyrus on the song "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks?"

SD: We met at the studio and she told me that she loved my work. I love what she does, too. Miley's cool and I support her 100 percent.

KW: The Teri Emerson question: "When was the last time you had a good laugh?"

SD: At the "Turbo" screening!

KW: What is your guiltiest pleasure?

SD: Barbecue flavor twist Fritos. Definitely, BBQ flavor twist Fritos! (Chuckles slyly)

KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?

SD: No I'm cool. I think they done asked 'em all. (LOL)

KW: Thanks again for the time, Snoop, and good luck with "Turbo."

SD: Thanks, Kam.

(To see a trailer for Turbo, visit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-L5bzwdpVI)

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