Before there was Big Baby Jesus, Dirt McGirt, or any number of other names he adopted through the years, there was Wu-Tang MC (and occasional producer) Ol' Dirty Bastard. Real name: Russell Tyrone Jones. Dirty left us in 2004, dead from a drug overdose just two days before his 36 birthday. Whatever fans may have thought of his increasingly erratic behavior, he was always a talented performer and one of the Wu-Tang Clan's most powerful creative energies.
It's a compelling story, the life of Ol' Dirty Bastard. Enough for a biopic even, at least according to Wu-Tang frontman RZA. In an interview with The A.V. Club, the entertainment everyman said "We have talked about [an Ol' Dirty biopic]." The biggest obstacle right now appears to be a legal one. "His estate is pretty confused, like any estate is in our country," RZA explained. "The estate is kind of confused on what to do, and all the rights and all that s--t, but it’s definitely been talked about."
There's been similar talk about a movie -- presumably a biopic treatment, as opposed to a straight documentary -- focusing on the entire Wu-Tang Clan, but RZA is less keen on that plan. "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."
Before any biopic talk gets serious, the involved players are going to wait and see how an upcoming Ol' Dirty documentary performs; it's set for a November 10 release. "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," RZA said. "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."
Are you familiar with the Wu-Tang Clan? Ol' Dirty Bastard? Do you think he would make a compelling subject for a biopic treatment?