Every now and again, an actor gets to play a role that allows them to crawl inside the life of another human and fully inhabit their mannerisms, their emotions, their essence, to such a degree that we mortals can do nothing but weep at the act of empathy — rendered as entertainment — to which we've been privileged to bear witness. For Snoop Dogg, that opportunity is nigh.
Snoop has been attached to star in the biopic The Legend of Fillmore Slim, announced today by Ames Universal and SRI Entertainment.
Fillmore (né Clarence Sims) is a blues singer and guitarist who came to prominence in the 1960s and '70s by absolutely pimping the shit out of San Francisco. During his time in the trenches, Sims earned the nicknames "The West Coast Godfather of the Game" and "The Pope of Pimping."
"This film will span decades," said Shelly Ames, co-producer. "from Slim's emergence as a musician, to his fascination with the fast life, through his years of incarceration and his redemption." Sims, now seventy-seven years old, is currently touring, because as we all know, pimping is not in fact easy.
Production is slated to begin in March. Snoop, best known for iconic roles like Scary Ghost Pimp in Bones and Blue in Training Day, isn't particularly reknowned for his dramatic chops, but I still say the role of pimp-turned-blues-guitarist could be just the material he needs. I smell an Oscar in 2013!