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Snoop Dogg Will Play Bluesman/Renowned 70s Pimp Fillmore Slim In Biopic

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 15, 2011 1:14 AM
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Score another one for the raptors (rappers turned actors)... this time it's the Dogg-Father himself, Snoop D-O-Double G-Y Dogg, who's now reportedly attached to star in a biopic on the life of Fillmore Slim (born Clarence Slim), the blues vocalist and guitarist, who was also a well-known pimp in San Francisco in the 60s and 70s, often referred to as "The West Coast Godfather of the Game" and "The Pope of Pimping."

Of course! No wonder Snoop would be interested in starring in this :) He probably salivated at the thought of having to wear sharkskin suits, alligator shoes, diamond watches, and driving around in pimped-out 70s Cadillacs. And don't forget the hoes. It'll just be like another music video shoot for Uncle Snoop.

But seriously... this will be quite the dramatic role for Snoop, which will "span decades... from Slim’s emergence as a musician, to his fascination with the fast life, through his years of incarceration and his redemption," as producer Alan Ames said. He produces the syndicated TV series Texas Roadhouse Live. Not familiar with it.

Apparently Slim's daughter Rebecca approached him to help put the project together. Hawthorne James (primarily an actor, according to IMDB) will direct, with a March 2012 start date planned.

The 77-year-old Slim, who is also said to have had a brief relationship with Etta James, still records and tours. If you watched the Hughes brothers documentary, American Pimp, you'd remember seeing him in it, talking about the many thousands of prostitutes he had while his pimp hand was strong.

Watch a 2-part interview/profile of Fillmore Slim below:


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8 Comments

  • karin | October 16, 2011 6:11 AMReply

    ok...... Snoop acting is better than some known actors....

  • CareyCarey | September 16, 2011 1:33 AMReply

    I don't agree with most of the expressed sentiments. Let me tell you why. First....

    "this will be quite the dramatic role for Snoop, which will “span decades… from Slim’s emergence as a musician, to his fascination with the fast life, through his years of incarceration and his redemption,” as producer Alan Ames said. He produces the syndicated TV series Texas Roadhouse Live. Not familiar with it" -Tambay

    See, I know some people simply do not like Snoop, but the following caught my eye --->"through his years of incarceration and his redemption"

    Look, I can safely assume none of us have a clean slate. Who will be the first to open their closet or cast the first stone - huh? Whose indiscretions are the worst and who makes that call - huh? I mean, do we base it on the 7 deadly sin or what? Who makes the call?

    Well, I’ve come to believe that the race is not won by the swiftest, but to those that endure to the end. If Fillmore Slim, aka Clarence Slim has paid his dues and found redemption, I think he’s ahead of this game called life. More power to Snoop for bringing this story to life. See, I am a firm believer that we gain wisdom by going through bad times, and we generally do not change the core of who we are until our backs are completely against the wall.

    It’s mighty easy to talk about another person’s failures and insecurities, but it’s also a mighty task to look in our own hearts and say “I was wrong” ... “I don’t know” .. “and I am sorry”. Listen, through the helter skelter of a year, you will seldom if ever hear those words, nor voice them. That’s a fact jack. Sooooo...

    Go ahead Snoop, do your thang baby. Tell the damn story and lets see what serendipitous rewards some might find at the end of the story.

  • Miles Ellison | September 15, 2011 12:36 PMReply

    This is the cinematic equivalent of that fruity malt liquor he's peddling.

  • urbanauteur | September 15, 2011 7:54 AMReply

    Oh boy here we go again, with this cellophane Rap/Tor blowing panama ashes all over rehersal.

  • JMac | September 15, 2011 4:08 AMReply

    God, no.

    To Snoop (he also voiced an OKC white pimp in King of the Hill)

    To the movie.

    To everything.

    Why do we keep raising up ghetto trash to hero status - and over the same damn man?!The 70s are over. Blaxploitation is dead.

    CC, you must have known I'd have to comment on this post. You're such a name dropper, LOL. We need to tell more stories like this? Gotta disagree wholeheartedly with you on this topic.

  • CareyCarey | September 15, 2011 3:36 AMReply

    Did somebody call my name? I mean, didn't somebody sound the call for a brotha wearing a sharkskin suits, alligator shoes, diamond watches, and driving around in pimped-out 70s Cadillacs with a diamond in the back, sunroof top... diggin' the scene with a ganster lean? Well, I've been there and pimping ain't easy.

    Oh boy, did this post take me back. Yep, I ain't gonna tell all my business but I remember one of my outfits consisted of a pair of green patent leather shoes with a gold trim around the toe and a large gold “V” on the back of the 2 inch hill. My coat was a green mid-calf leather with a suede green cape that had beige cross stitching. The sharkskin suit was tailor made in Thailand. Oh yeah, if a man could draw it up, those tailors could stitch it up.... with a hat to match.

    But check this, I know we want less “street” stories, and I’m there, but in the name of art, all of our stories need to be told. Hey, if Denzel can play the part of Frank Lucas, the notorious drug lord and Julia Roberts can get nominated for an Oscar in the role of a hoe... you know, that “Pretty Woman”, Snoop can play The Pope of Pimpin’. Come on now, Terrence Howard was a rapping pimp in Hustle & Flow. Come to think of it, another Oscar nominee, Taraji P. Henson, was up in that joint, so Snoop Doog gotta get some love.

    Quiet be kept, there’s obviously a huge market for these types of stories. I know... I know... we need more positive stories and all that jazz, but the market has the last laugh. Ask Tyler how that goes.

    Btw, as I said, I ain't trying to tell all my business but JMac has seen one of my sharkskin suits **winking at JMac** It's on this page, down the right side --->> http://careycarey-carrymehome.blogspot.com/

  • Vanessa Martinez | September 15, 2011 1:32 AMReply

    ugh. This is so lame, tired and just ...wrong. Didn't Snoop play some pimp in a film before? I caught a snippet of it on BET a couple years ago.

    What is this fascination and glorificantion with scummy, filthy pimps? Wow, something else our young kids can look up to.

    *bangs head against desk at work*

  • Emmanuel | September 15, 2011 1:19 AMReply

    I'm still waiting for the day when Snoop plays a doctor or a teacher. Until then, every role seems like he's playing himself on screen.

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