Casting Call: Dirty White Boy

Published April 6, 2012


In which we suggest who should star in the next big adaptation, remake, or historical film.

Wu-Tang Clan (a group that we sometimes refer to accidentally as Wu-Tang Clang due to lazy elocution)’s founding member, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, had quite a life. The man had a platinum solo album, a couple of platinum Wu-Tang albums, 13 children, the most infamous award non-acceptance speech that we can think of* (sorry, Kanye) and was featured on the 1999 hit single, “Ghetto Supastar.” If you are thinking, “Perfect biopic material!,” we are afraid that Joaquín Baca-Asay, the cinematographer of We Own the Night and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” video, has beat you to it. Baca-Asay is making his directorial debut with the Dirty White Boy, a film that centers around the young VH1 intern, Jarred Weisfeld, who managed to become O.D.B.’s  manager toward the end of O.D.B.’s career.

*If you missed the 1998 Grammy awards, here is an abridged version of O.D.B.’s speech: “I figured that Wu-Tang was gonna win. I don’t know how you all see it, but when it comes to the children, Wu-Tang is for the children. We teach the children. You know what I mean? Puffy is good, but Wu-Tang is the best.”