"After 18 takes my jaw was whipped. I would never take no slaps from her again."

Talk about B.I.G. shoes to fill. When he was cast in 'Notorious,'Jamal Woolard didn't just land his first acting gig, he landed a starring role playing one of his biggest influences. Woolard is Christopher Wallace, aka the Notorious B.I.G., aka the late icon widely considered the greatest rapper of all time.

Woolard isn't a no-name plucked from obscurity, though -- he's also a rapper known as Gravy. In 2006, he was shot in the rump outside a Manhattan radio station, and rather than rush to the hospital, he went on with a scheduled on-air appearance, bullet lodged in his behind. Now that's ... what's the word? ... gangsta.

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