- One of Joe Exotic’s ex-husbands told People he wants Channing Tatum to play him in a “Tiger King” movie.
- John Finlay said the actor has a special place in his heart since he took the time to give his terminally ill cousin a shout-out.
- His second choice is Shia LaBeouf.
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John Finlay, one of Joe Exotic’s ex-husbands who appeared in the latest Netflix binge phenomenon “Tiger King,” said he wants Channing Tatum to play him in an eventual Hollywood movie about the documentary.
Finlay spoke to People about how the actor has a special place in his heart.
“He did a shout-out to my distant cousin; she died of stage-four brain cancer,” he said. “When he did his shout-out, he did it because it was on her bucket list.”
Finlay said his terminally ill cousin died aged just 18, but was really happy when Tatum sent her a personalised video message where he her blew a kiss.
“He has a special place in my heart because of that,” Finlay told People. “But he’s [also] a really good actor, and a lot of people are putting names out there with him in it.”
If Channing is unavailable, he said his second choice would be Shia LaBeouf.
“He would probably be a good choice because with a beard he can look like me, and he can relate to me,” Finlay said.
SNL star Kate McKinnon has been cast to play Joe Exotic’s long-time nemesis Carole Baskin in a Hulu series about the show, but no other roles have been revealed so far.
Finlay, meanwhile, now has a new set of teeth. He wrote on Facebook that Netflix producers didn’t show his updated smile on purpose, because “it’s all about the ratings for them, not the people they hurt.”
He also told Entertainment Tonight the show made him look like a “drugged-out hillbilly.”