Top Boy’s Ashley Walters says Drake didn’t cameo in show because fans ‘would kill him for it’

Top Boy’s Ashley Walters says Drake didn’t cameo in show because fans ‘would kill him for it’

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DRAKE swept in and saved hit drama Top Boy when Channel 4 opted to drop the show after two seasons.

Given the rapper’s acting background, many have pondered why he opted to stay behind the camera when it came to his involvement with the show.

Drake and Ashley Walters
Drake and Ashley have bonded over the show
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Now actor Ashley Walters has spoken out about why he advised the Hotline Bling chart-topper to be cautious about making a cameo.

“It’s touch and go for you,” he said he told Drake.

“He’s such a good actor but will people let him shed that Drake skin?” he continued to NME.

He claimed that one tiny misstep would see the world pounce on Drake, who first broke onto the small screen aged 15 in soap Degrassi: The Next generation.

 


“Is it right for the first thing for him to do going back into his acting career be Top Boy? Because people are gonna be waiting to kill him for it,” Walters went on.

“Knowing how good he was and whatever, I just felt like—for him—it would have been best to wait for another time.”

Drake bought the rights for the UK crime series following its axing in 2011.

Now streaming on Netflix, the latest instalment has been celebrated as the “best yet” by fans on social media.

Walters appeared on Sunday Brunch last week and revealed Drake’s reaction to the show’s cancellation at the time.

Top Boy Series 3 Netflix
Top Boy is available to stream now on Netflix

“It was put on Netflix after it was cancelled, a couple of years later, and we started to get a lot of interest Stateside,” he said.

“And then Drake watched it, which was weird, and we woke up one day, saw all this press over it [as] he’d posted.

“He had a picture of me and said, ‘When’s the show coming back?’ and I said it’s been cancelled and he said, ‘Well, we’ll see about that’.

Suffice to say, Drake was a man of his word and put his money where his mouth was.

Top Boy Series 3 Netflix
Ricky is all grown up now in the Netflix series

Walter continued: “Cut to about a year-and-a-half later and he came back to the table with a deal and that was it, we went from there.

“He came back for the read through and he was in and out of London while we were shooting.

“But his whole thing was he was a fan of the show first and foremost, and he just wanted us to do what we did originally. He didn’t want to have too much creative control.”

If you’re looking to catch up, read our synopsis of season 1 and 2.

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