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Charles S. Dutton talks about the movie he's shooting here

"Directing is like washing a battleship with a Q-tip," says Charles S. Dutton, "It's all encompassing." Dutton is in town directing and starring in "Must be the Music," which he also wrote.

Charles S. Dutton talks about the movie he's shooting here

"Directing is like washing a battleship with a Q-tip," says Charles S. Dutton, "It's all encompassing." Dutton is in town directing and starring in "Must be the Music," which he also wrote. The movie centers around Dutton's character, a record mogul, as ruthless as he is successful, who ends up missing.

The Baltimore native many remember as "Roc" got his start in acting while incarcerated for manslaughter at Maryland State Prison. He started a drama group inside the prison and kept acting after his release, first studying drama at Towson State and then pursuing a graduate degree in drama at Yale.

"I went from jail to Yale," says Dutton, whose credits include "A Time to Kill," "Get on the Bus" and "House."

Dutton was excited to cast people such as Roots frontman Tariq Trotter aka Black Thought, Jadakiss and Lisa Wu-Hartwell, formerly of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." Wu-Hartwell was quick to point out that "Must Be the Music" is not her first foray into acting. She wrote and directed a movie called "Black Ball," in 1999. She told us she plays a "vicious bitch" named Karen in the movie, the assistant to Dutton's character Big Mike, and is one of the suspects when he goes missing.

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