Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of Hollywood’s most popular figures right now but back in high school, not everyone wanted to be the “Hamilton” star’s friend.
Appearing on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast on Monday, Miranda revealed that during his high school days he was bullied by Felipe Andres Coronel, who is now know as underground hip-hop legend Immortal Technique. “He was our school bully,” Miranda said. “He terrorized kids, he threw them in the garbage. I got thrown in the garbage by him.”
With Miranda hailing from the Washington Heights section of New York City and Immortal Technique from Harlem, the two attended Hunter College High School located in the Upper East Side section of New York City.
While one wouldn’t expect Immortal Technique to follow Miranda on the stage, that’s exactly what happened to the actor during his later years in high school. According to Miranda, Immortal Technique landed a role in the school play during his senior year, which horrified him. Miranda said he couldn't believe he was in a play with the bully who terrorizes him and all his friends.
The two eventually went down separate paths after high school, with Miranda becoming the creator of hit Broadway musicals and Immortal Technique becoming a renowned artist. But while he was bullied by him, Miranda still has love for the rapper.
“He’s one of the most political, ideological [rappers], he really made an incredible life for himself as a rapper,” he said. “He was a really angry kid and it’s been wonderful to watch him grow up and find a political outlet for that anger.”
Miranda’s music will be featured in the upcoming Disney film, “Moana.” Miranda was selected by Disney to write the songs and music for the animated movie which he says will be the first film his two-year-old son watches in theaters.
“I don’t think this is a movie you can wait till it gets to video [to see],” Miranda told Entertainment Tonight. “I think the ocean is so incredible and the effects are so incredible, I really want him to see it on the big screen.”