His latest film, "Furious 7," broke box office records -- but Tyrese Gibson already has his eyes on something bigger: An Oscar.
The R&B singer/actor just completed a 23-minute short film called "Shame," which he wrote and stars in alongside Jennifer Hudson. The short, which premieres next Tuesday, was produced by Denzel Washington.
Yeah, Gibson's surrounded himself with some really respected names -- and working with two-time Academy Award winning Washington was a bit of wish-fulfillment for the singer.
"I've said for many years that as an actor I wouldn't feel like I really made it as an actor until I worked with Denzel Washington," Gibson tells toofab. "I guess dreams do come true! Having him on board as a producer has taken the integrity, energy and seriousness around this short to new heights. I'm honored to see my name in the same credits with my hero."
And those new heights include trying to get a trophy or two of his own.
In an interview with Access Hollywood earlier this week, Gibson says he plans on taking the short to film festivals, saying "Our end goal is to hopefully land an Oscar nomination. We figure we might have a real shot here."
"Shame" finds Gibson re-teaming with Hudson again, after the two previously worked together on "Black Nativity."The film is centered around the abusive relationship between 1968 soul singer Lionel Jacobs (Gibson) and his wife Bobbi Ann (Hudson), one of his background singers.
"Me and Jennifer connected when we worked on 'Black Nativity' and become friends we knew we would do something else," Gibson tells us. "This is the most uncomfortable movie we've ever done."
The film premieres online June 23. The single "Shame" is also featured on Gibson's upcoming album, "Black Rose," which drops July 10.