Drake dropped his new Views-inspired short film Please Forgive Me on Sunday, showing a vision for the silver screen and highlighting some of his acting chops we’ve seen on and off for the past 15 years.
Blending elements of a Hollywood action thriller with a highly stylized music video, the piece shot in the Soweto township in Johannesburg, South Africa, is only the latest in Drake’s dabbling as an actor. From the Canadian young adult dramatic series Degrassi: The Next Generation to Saturday Night Live, The ESPYs, Anchorman 2 and more, listed chronologically, here are Drake’s six best acting moments.
When Jimmy Got Shot on Degrassi
It’s well known that Drake got his start as Aubrey Graham starring as Jimmy Brooks on the popular Canadian television show Degrassi: The Next Generation. And though his character’s eight years on the show encompassed way more than this one moment, none is more memorable than when he was shot in the back all over a prank that wasn’t even his fault, turning him paraplegic.
As Ethan in Ice Age: Continental Drift
Drake had a role in the fourth installment of the Ice Age franchise as Ethan, the hunky wooly mammoth and love interest of the Ray Romano-voiced protagonist mammoth Manny’s daughter, Peaches, who was voiced by Keke Palmer.
Opening scene Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
In which Drake dons an afro, gold chain and Members Only jacket to cat call Christina Applegate’s character Veronica Corningstone.
Saturday Night Live “Hip Hop Classics: Before They Were Stars”
In 2014, on Drake’s first time hosting Saturday Night Live, the superstar rapper roasted his hip-hop contemporaries Lil Wayne and Jay Z by playing them in a sketch that reimagined classic television shows with famous emcees as cast members. His version of Weezy as Steve Urkel on Family Matters is particularly LOL-worthy.
Drake vs. Blake at the 2014 ESPYs
?Drake sized up his competition at the 2014 ESPY Awards, specifically the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin. In a sketch, the two go from from BFFs to mortal enemies, all over who’s name should go first in their team up action movie. Oh yeah, and Chris Brown makes a cameo.
Saturday Night Live “Work Banter”
When Drake returned to host SNL in 2016, unfortunately one of his funniest sketches wound up cut for time. In it, he plays new guy at work Derek, who just can’t quite figure out the subtleties of the new office culture.
Please Forgive Me
Please Forgive Me is Drake’s modern day tour de force, for the first time since his Degrassi days returning to non-comedic acting, complete with action scenes and all. Could this be a glimpse of things to come?
— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) September 26, 2016