Polo uberhunk Tyson Beckford has a message for Tinseltown casting directors: Don't hate me because I'm beautiful. "It's been real hard [making the leap from coverboy to leading man], because all they think is, 'Oh, you're the guy from the magazines,'" he tells TV Guide Online. "They don't think you can do anything else."
The 6-foot-2 Adonis hopes to change that perception with his two upcoming big-screen releases, Pandora's Box and Biker Boyz. In the former movie, described as an African-American Fatal Attraction, Beckford plays an ill-fated married man. "My character's wife kills me in order to get my life insurance, which she doesn't get because I didn't sign it over to her," he explains, adding that "the moral to that story is make sure your papers are right before you get married, and don't give her half yet. Give her all the lovin' she needs, but not half."
Biker Boyz, about an African-American motorcycle club run by Laurence Fishburne, finds Beckford playing "a member of the Chosen Field, which is a real bike gang in L.A.," he says. "I had to ask them permission to wear their colors. It's a serious film... good actors in it."
In one co-star in particular, the 32-year-old crossover artist found a sort of kindred spirit another famous face making a big transition. "We had one crazy rock-star guy, Kid Rock," he notes. "From what I was told, he did his thing. So he's got a career in it." And if Pamela Anderson's sweetheart can make it, Beckford might as well start clearing a space on his mantel for an Oscar.