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Michael K. Williams To Play Late Rapper Old Dirty Bastard In "Dirty White Boy"

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 22, 2012 1:58 PM
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Michael K. Williams has signed on to star as Ol' Dirty Bastard, but not in a biopic on the late rapper's life (one has long been rumored to be coming); rather as a character in some other person's story.

The project is titled Dirty White Boy and will center on...

... the astounding rise of Jarred Weisfeld, a 22-year-old VH1-intern-turned-manager, and his misadventures with the legendary rapper leading up to the performer’s tragic death in 2004...

... says the press release.

So it's not ODB's story, but the white dude's; we've seen this kind of setup before.

The project is being produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy - the producing team the Oscar-winning film Beginners.

To be directed by Joaquin Baca-Asay (hjis feature film debut), Dirty White Boy already has financing and is said to have the full support and co-operation of ODB's mother, Cherry Jones.

We both knew full well who Ol’ Dirty Bastard was but this story completely floored us. As filmmakers, we knew that this would make a great film and that Jarred Weisfeld would offer an actor a complicated and compelling character to play... This felt to us like Risky Business and 8 Mile, with equal elements of darkness, humor, and humanity,” said Knudsen and Van Hoy.


Not that I'm exactly dying to see an ODB biopic... the last we wrote about the potential for one, RZA was the man behind the curtain; at the time, he said that ODB's estate was "kind of confused on what to do, and all the rights and all that shit, but it’s definitely been talked about. There’s also been talk about a Wu-Tang Clan movie. So we’ll see what life brings. In my opinion, I’d rather see an ODB pic than a Wu-Tang Clan pic, because Wu-Tang is still alive, and may be active for a few more years. But an ODB pic, just to really describe his life, would be good. Right now, there is a documentary that’s done that’s pretty good. It ain’t a knock out of the park, but it’s pretty good, it gives a nice piece of him. Then you start with that, and we can build more awareness about his life, and build more interest in people seeing a movie about it."

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  • Donella | March 24, 2012 3:24 PMReply

    After ODB said he and Mariah went back "like babies and pacifiers," I started listening to jazz.

  • Miles Ellison | March 22, 2012 8:14 PMReply

    It's a sad commentary when it's easier to get financing for a biopic where the insignificant white nobody is the focus than for a film about the more famous black person.

  • Kelea | March 22, 2012 9:36 PM

    LOL. True.

  • Nadine | March 22, 2012 4:57 PMReply

    The real question, though... ODB? Ummm... given his history and schemes, the outrage should lie there... countless diagnoses of gonorrhea, food stamp fraud, yo... multiple children from MULTIPLE women... This movie is disaster waiting to happen.

  • SeriouslyPpl? | March 22, 2012 2:10 PMReply

    White people will feature themselves in every damn story that they can, regardless of what it is about. How would they like it if someone made a movie about Sam Kennison, but told from the perspective of an interesting black man who drove him around to all his shows. C'mon! The Last King of Scotland, Invictus, etc. No shame at all huh??

  • Donella | March 24, 2012 3:28 PM

    The Last King of Scotland takes the cake. They actually created a white character out of thin air in order to tell that story. Unfortunately, I listened to the director's commentary on DVD when he said he struggled to locate Ugandan women willing to dance half-naked because Uganda is a conservative culture and it isn't done. He didn't let that stop him from fulfilling his fantasy of what Uganda should look like to a European. He hired strippers.

  • Logic | March 23, 2012 1:52 AM

    You can set your watch by it. I shudder to think what "Malcom X" would have turned out to be in more, uh....self-aggrandizing hands.

  • Nadine | March 22, 2012 4:52 PM

    Ummm... your reactions are hilarious. Too funny. @Seriouslyppl? - I always appreciate hysteria... you're on point.

  • T'Challa | March 22, 2012 4:19 PM

    Tell em bredren, tell em!

  • QueenV | March 22, 2012 2:53 PM

    HA! say that

  • michele | March 22, 2012 2:22 PM


  • Lala | March 22, 2012 2:13 PM

    ROTFLMAO! *dead*

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