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Ghostface gets in character for ‘Twelve Reasons to Die’

It’s somewhat puzzling that Ghostface Killah hasn’t found a second career in film. Unless you count a brief scene-stealing cameo in the original “Iron Man” (criminally excluded from the final cut but viewable on the Internet), Wu-Tang’s most charismatic and quotable clansman hasn’t followed the path of many considerably less talented rappers in making the transition to movies.

But on record, it’s a different story. Ghostface has cultivated an assortment of alter-egos, or roles, over the years, from flashy playboy Pretty Toney (“The Pretty Toney Album”) to ruthless crime boss Tony Starks (“Fishscale” and “Ironman”) to Ghostdini, a self-anointed “wizard of poetry” who raps sweet nothings to his pregnant wife and unborn child on his eponymous R&B-flavored album from 2009. Each is essentially a different shade of one established personality, like switching the actor who plays James Bond. When working with Ghostface, you aren’t just getting a couple verses — you are casting a character.

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