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'Life is Hot in Cracktown' is like 'Crash' meets 'South Central' with a twist of 'Transamerica.' Based on the bestselling novel by the film's director Buddy Giovinazzo, the drama is told through four intertwining stories that cast a light on the dark shadows of drug-related crime and despair in the inner city. 'Life is Hot in Cracktown' is like 'Crash' meets 'South Central' with a twist of 'Transamerica.' Based on the bestselling novel by the film's director Buddy Giovinazzo, the drama is told through four intertwining stories that cast a light on the dark shadows of drug-related crime and despair in the inner city.

In her most provocative role yet, Kerry Washington is the stunning Marybeth, a pre-op transsexual prostitute living with her burglar boyfriend while saving money for a sex change. Last seen in the mediocre 'Lakeview Terrace,' and with a resume that alternates hits ('Ray') and misses ('Little Man'), Washington's turn as a transsexual in 'Cracktown' is far and away her boldest performance to date.






The actress is getting plenty of attention for the role. Washington appeared on 'The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien' Wednesday, where she said, "It is not a romantic comedy. I play a prostitute and a herion addict and I have a crackhead boyfriend, you know, it's a lot."

Joining Washington in 'Cracktown' is an intriguing young ensemble that includes Brandon Routh (aka 'Superman'), Victor Rasuk ('Raising Victor Vargas'), Shannyn Sossamon ('Rules of Attraction'), Mark Webber ('Bomb the System') and Wu-Tang Clan founder-turned-actor RZA. Also appearing is Diana Ross' son Evan, who follows up another urban drama, 'Gardens of the Night,' as a teenager who succumbs to the pressures of his gang.


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    SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 22: Actress Kerry Washington speaks during the National Conference for Service and Volunteering June 22, 2009 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images For Entertainment Industry Foundation) *** Local Caption *** Kerry Washington

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    SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 22: Entertainment Industry Foundation Ambassador Jon Bon Jovi (L) talks with actress Kerry Washington backstage during the National Conference for Service and Volunteering June 22, 2009 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images For Entertainment Industry Foundation) *** Local Caption *** Jon Bon Jovi;Kerry Washington

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    SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 22: Entertainment Industry Foundation Ambassador Jon Bon Jovi (L) actress Kerry Washington (C) and actor Matthew McConaughey pose for a photo backstage during the National Conference for Service and Volunteering June 22, 2009 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images For Entertainment Industry Foundation) *** Local Caption *** Jon Bon Jovi;Matthew McConaughey;Kerry Washington

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 15: Actress Kerry Washington and designer Doo-Ri Chung attend the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 15, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kerry Washington;Doo-Ri Chung

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    From left, actress Diane Kruger, designer Jason Wu and actress Kerry Washington attend the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, Monday, June 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

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    Actresses Diane Kruger, left, and Kerry Washington attend the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, Monday, June 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

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    From left, actress Diane Kruger, designer Jason Wu and actress Kerry Washington attend the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York, Monday, June 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 15: Model Doutzen Kroes (L) and actress Kerry Washington attend the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center on June 15, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kerry Washington;Doutzen Kroes

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 15: Model Doutzen Kroes (L) and actress Kerry Washington attend the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center on June 15, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kerry Washington;Doutzen Kroes

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    Actress Kerry Washington arrives at the 2009 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York June 15, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT)

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