Why did Larenz take this role?
After his role in Menace to Society, Larenz Tate was the baby faced thug. But he wanted to completely shift his image for the role of Frankie Lymon. But that doesn’t mean that people didn’t have their doubts. Here’s what Vivica Fox had to say about him playing the lead role in this biopic:
“When I first got the script, one of the first questions I asked was who was going to play Frankie Lymon,” Vivica says. “When they said, ‘Larenz’ I was like, ‘O-Dog!? But the thing I enjoyed about working with Larenz the most was that when he was [playing] the teenager he was dedicated, shaving off his mustache…and then, when he became a drug addict, he totally sacrificed himself physically and mentally. He put contacts in his eyes and stained his teeth. He didn’t want to sugar-coat it, and as an artist, that’s what I appreciate.”