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Exclusive: ‘Focus” Adrian Martinez On Men Conning Women: “Beware Of Tears”



Alright ladies, listen up. Focus actor, Adrian Martinez has some key advice for how we women can detect if we are being conned by men.

Adrian’s new film, Focus, which also stars Will Smith and Australian beauty Margot Robbie, is all about the art of conning. So during a recent interview with Martinez to talk about the dramedy, the actor dished to HipHollywood about men conning women. “Beware of tears,” he said. “If a guy is telling you how much he loves you and he’s crying about it, that might be a red flag.”

Focus follows Smith, a professional con artist and master of misdirection who falls for Robbie, a rookie whom he takes under his wing. “He’s a lifer in the con game. You meet him in the beginning of the film and then blam, the girl walks in,” Smith said.

And while on the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere, Smith shared with HipHollywood what he learned about the con world. “What was really cool is what the basis of a con is. The concept of extraction and distraction. When you distract somebody now you’ve open yourself up to take stuff away,” he said.

Focus hits theaters Friday, February 27.

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs



If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.


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