Leon Robinson Recalls ‘Scary’ Experience With Female Fan on ‘The Five Heartbeats’ Set

Leon Robinson appears on the Sunday, April 14, 2024 episode of Uncensored. (Credit: TV One)

Being a sex symbol can have a downside, according to Leon Robinson.

The actor gained a legion of female fans with his iconic roles in the 1990s films, The Five Heartbeats, Cool Runnings, Above the Rim, and Waiting to Exhale.

In The Five Heartbeats, Robinson played suave rhythm and blues singer “J.T. Matthews.”

Robinson, 62, sat down for the April 14 episode of the TV One interview series Uncensored and shared details about working on the film.

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He praised director Robert Townsend for making a “masterpiece movie” about five Black men in a musical group who stuck together through life’s ups and downs. Robinson also recalled a scary experience with a female fan who took his role as “J.T.” a little too seriously.

“I don’t know if it’s common knowledge, I think I might have said this before. I walked into my trailer and there was a naked woman on my couch,” he recalled in a preview clip.

Robinson said some young guys might think that was a lucky break, but he found it unnerving.

“It scared the s–t out of me,” he shared.

The Five Heartbeats premiered in 1991. (Credit: TV One)
The Five Heartbeats premiered in 1991. (Credit: TV One)

From that point on, a security guard was stationed in front of his trailer to keep the women away.

Still, the actor admitted he may have been partly to blame. “I kind of, in some sense, brought that on because I was J.T. all the time. So, if I was on the set, I’m flirty, I’m all that. So I guess that woman thought, that’s probably what J.T. wanted,” he said.

Robinson also discussed working with Tupac Shakur on Above the Rim (1994), dealing with fame, and why he appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta with his ex, Cynthia Bailey.

The episode of Uncensored featuring Leon Robinson aired Sunday, April 14 at 10p/9c on TV One.

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