Rapper Common has been studying the performances of film legends Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando in an attempt to boost his acting career. The star - real name Lonnie Lynn Jr. - has had small roles in movies like Smoking Aces and American Gangster but is hoping to eventually become a Hollywood leading man. He says, "I love acting. It's a passion of mine. It's a good way for me to express myself and to grow as an artist. I started checking it out, thought how much I loved it and so took classes. "I've been observing the art - checking out good movies like On The Waterfront and Taxi Driver, all the classics."