As Machine Gun Kelly, Colson Baker has made waves and a name in the rap game. His goals in Hollywood are no less lofty: “I didn’t come in to be a sidekick. I came in to be a box office-selling, culture-changing movie star.”
After supporting roles in the Showtime series “Roadies,” the techno-thriller “Nerve” and Netflix’s much-binged viral thriller “Bird Box,” Baker has a slew of movies on the horizon – and two in as many weeks. He plays a street-smart Chicago criminal who rebels against the alien invaders ruling America in the sci-fi “Captive State” (in theaters Friday), dons skintight leopard-print pants as drummer Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue biopic “The Dirt” (streaming March 22) and stars opposite his buddy Pete Davidson in the coming-of-age comedy “Big Time Adolescence” (2019).“Tommy Lee was the first role where I had to just become somebody else. I need to be pushed a little bit with larger roles and more dynamics in a character,” Baker says. “It’s hard to milk five emotions out of being onscreen for 10 minutes.”
With an as-yet-untitled Netflix sci-fi film co-starring Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the way, Baker, 28, took time out from working on his new record – for release this year or else “you’ll next be interviewing me from an insane asylum” – to talk about his new movies, befriending a “Saturday Night Live” star and being honest.Colson Baker: For the cast that was constantly fighting aliens, I’m sure that was something they tapped into. Me, I had one scene with an alien and I couldn’t see it because it was a green screen the whole entire time. I have no idea what my mental state was other than “Run from the green circle.” (But) they look awesome.