Robert Diggs, aka The RZA (Blacksmith/Directed by/Story by/Screenplay by/Music by), is a man of many aliases and even more talents. He is the heart, soul and brains behind rap’s only true multiplatinum super group, the Wu-Tang Clan. RZA is a man who appreciates the creation of music and the success he has had within the music industry, and he thrives on the process of creation, which he has carried over into his acting and scoring career. For as long as he can remember, RZA wanted to be a part of the moviemaking process and was inspired while watching one of his favorite kung fu flicks.
In 1999, RZA got the first taste of living his dream. Director Jim Jarmusch asked RZA to score Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, a modern samurai film, and offered him a cameo in the film, which helped bring him to where he is today. As an actor, RZA has shown real range from his hilarious stints on Chappelle’s Show to the Jarmusch film Coffee and Cigarettes. RZA next starred in the drama Derailed, alongside Clive Owen, and, most recently, Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, for which the cast garnered a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
In 2009, he was seen in the independent features Life Is Hot in Cracktown and Gospel Hill, and Universal Pictures’ Repo Men, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker, and Funny People, starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.
The following year, RZA was seen in Due Date, The Next Three Days and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. This year, RZA appeared as Samurai Apocalypse in Showtime’s series Californication.
In 2003, RZA scored Kill Bill Vol. 1 for Quentin Tarantino, for which he received a BAFTA nomination. In 2004, he contributed music to Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Soul Plane, Kill Bill Vol. 2 and Blade: Trinity. In 2007, RZA scored the critically acclaimed Spike TV animated series Afro Samurai and, in 2008, Afro Samurai: Resurrection, which starred Samuel Jackson. That same year, he also contributed to the score of the 20thCentury Fox film Babylon A.D., which starred Vin Diesel.
RZA continues to make strides within an industry that captured his attention