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'Magic City' Casts Rick Ross To Play 'Butterball' - Proprietor Of Illegal Cuban/American Gambling House

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 8, 2013 3:35 PM
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Rick Ross

Another show on my to-watch list, because I have't seen a single episode yet.

Magic City turns up the heat in Miami by casting rap Rick Ross to play a character named "Butterball," the proprietor of an illegal Cuban/American gambling house in Miami known as a "bolita."

Are you ready for this?

By the way, season 2 will premiere this summer.

The full story via press release from Starz:

(Beverly Hills, Calif. - January 8, 2013) - "Magic City" has added another famous face to its all-star lineup. Season two of the critically acclaimed series will feature legendary rapper Rick Ross as "Butterball," the proprietor of an illegal Cuban/American gambling house in Miami known as a "bolita," (the numbers racket). There are numerous bolitas in the Miami area and not surprisingly, Ben "the Butcher" Diamond (Golden Globe(R) nominee for Best Supporting Actor, Danny Huston) is getting a cut from the illicit operations.

Ross burst onto the rap scene in 2006 when his debut album "Port of Miami" reached the top of the Billboard Music charts. Ross then founded the record label, Maybach Music Group, on which he released his studio albums "Deeper Than Rap" (2009) "Teflon Don" (2010) and "God Forgives, I Don't" (2012). A huge fan of the series, Ross visited the "Magic City" set while in Miami last year and met the show's creator Mitch Glazer who found a role for him.

The new season of "Magic City" will also see the return of creator and executive producer Mitch Glazer (The Recruit, Scrooged) as well as performers Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, "Grey's Anatomy") whose recent film The Possession held the number one spot at the box office three weeks in a row, Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Max Payne), Danny Huston (The Kingdom, Children of Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Kelly Lynch (Drugstore Cowboy, Charlie's Angels), Steven Strait (City Island), Christian Cooke (Cemetery Junction), Jessica Marais ("Packed to the Rafters"), Yul Vazquez (The A-Team, American Gangster), Dominik Garcia-Lorido (City Island) and Elena Satine (Just Go With It).

Along with Mitch Glazer, Geyer Kosinski (Changeling, The Astronaut Farmer) and Fred Berner ("Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent") serve as executive producers. Season two of "Magic City" will air exclusively on STARZ in summer 2013.

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  • Anti-believer | January 9, 2013 9:46 PMReply

    He's definitely FAT as a butterball.

  • Troy | January 10, 2013 4:54 PM

    if you live in America it is hard to be anti-fat people. But racist aren't going anywhere either.

  • Josh | January 8, 2013 9:47 PMReply

    This is gonna be interested. Can Rick Ross act?

  • Emmett Period | January 8, 2013 5:05 PMReply

    Which ridiculous Rapper will be next to get an acting role ? Cheif Keith, Waka Flocka, Lil Wayne, Trinidad James or 2 Chainz ?

  • Troy | January 10, 2013 4:53 PM

    Name the black actor that has a presence, a somewhat high profile, and was born in Miami to lend to local credentials of a show that has british people playing American Gangsters. Complain about the midget actors who play physically dominating characters that is completely unrealistic. All of them have higher profiles and name recognition than most black actors who have been in many films. They want raps audience which is the only reason any rapper has ever been given a role. Sports stars shouldn't be cast in sports films and actual gangsters shouldn't be in crime dramas ala the Wire. 2 chainz and James might never be cast because they are so much taller than the midgets in hollywood.

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