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  • Writer's pictureVolume 82 Magazine

ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, and SZA's Former Bodyguard, Michael 'Bear' Mcgee Talks About Hollywood

Michael "Bear" Mcgee sat down and talked with us about his transition in Hollywood as a bodyguard at Top Dawg Entertainment for ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, and SZA into becoming an actor.

Vol 82: You were a bodyguard for Top Dawg Entertainment, right?

Bear: Yes. That was pretty much my only bodyguarding job.

Vol 82: How long were you their bodyguard?

Bear: About four years?

Vol 82: You worked for Top Dawg when the artists were becoming big acts, right?

Bear: Yes

Vol 82: Describe what that experience was like to watch Kendrick Lamar and SZA develop into seasoned artists. They are successful now!

Bear: It was a lot! The experience was new to everybody! SZA had just got signed. She had one or two songs. Kendrick Lamar had dropped good kid, MA.A.d city, and ScHoolboy Q had dropped his album, Oxymoron.

Vol 82: What was your most exciting time as a bodyguard?

Bear: Just traveling-going to different places and seeing unusual things. When we were doing a show in London, the lights came on in the audience, and we saw that London had the most blacks in any crowd that we'd ever seen!

Vol 82: London? Wow!

Vol 82: Were you bodyguarding at a ScHoolboy Q concert when you got shot in the neck?

Bear: Yes, I was in Denver, Colorado. After that, I stopped working as a bodyguard.

Vol 82: I see. So, did you already have a love for acting, or did you seize the opportunity to act when it arose?

Bear: Pretty much. I'm a big dude! Industry people would see me, and they started approaching me about acting.

Vol 82: Who discovered you as an actor?

Bear: I bumped into different people in the industry. (No specific names)

Vol 82: Other actors chose a similar path as you, first as a bodyguard then as an actor. Do the two professions go hand in hand more than people realize?

Bear: Pretty much.

Vol 82: I believe Michael Clark Duncan, who played in The Green Mile, was a bodyguard first.

Bear: Yes, RIP to Michael Clark Duncan. There's a lot of actors who have done that. Suge Knight was a bodyguard. Mr. T. (from The A-Team television show) was a bodyguard, and there were others.

Vol 82: What acting jobs have you done so far?

Bear: I've appeared on SWAT, a Chevy commercial, Jason Bourne, Love By The Tenth Date, Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, Saved by Grace, Snowfall, Black Jesus, Shameless, Judge Maybelline, and Hollyweird Anonymous. I've done some theatrical roles too. I also did Meet The Mcgee Family for Ronald McDonald (McDonald's); I've done the podcast Two On the Grind, and I've co-starred in and directed some music videos too.

Vol 82: Are you in the Screen Actors Guild yet?

Bear: Not yet!

Vol 82: You also have a fitness brand, right?

Bear: Yes! Bearknuckles Fit. The Instagram is @bearknuckles_fit.

Vol 82: You always advise that it's never too late to work on a goal!

Bear: Yea. It's never too late to get started or get it going! You're never too old.

Follow Michael 'Bear' Mcgee's Instagram@yachts.cigars

Photo Credit: Jordon Kelly/@_jordonkelly



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