R. Kelly Heads Back In The ‘Closet’ On New DVD
R. Kelly is revisiting his short film series "Trapped in the Closet," two years after the original became a cultural flashpoint. Ten new installments of the saga will be released on DVD Aug. 21 via Jive.
The Independent Film Channel has come aboard as a partner in the new release. IFC will air all 12 of the original episodes in the weeks prior to the DVD and will also stream the entire 22-installment series on its Web site. It is unknown when the 10 newest chapters will be broadcast.
The new round of "Trapped" videos finds Kelly portraying an old man named Randolph, complete with a pot belly and a fake white beard that nearly falls off mid-scene, as well as a preacher in a gray Jheri-curl wig and garish orange suit. In one of the final chapters, Kelly's Sylvester character talks business with a "Sopranos"-esque mobster who is eating a giant plate of spaghetti.
The first "Trapped in the Closet" DVD has sold 233,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Kelly is also in the midst of promoting his most recent Jive album, "Double Up," the latest single from which is a remix of "Same Girl" featuring Usher and T-Pain.