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Of all people, Michael K. Williams knows that if you come at the king, you best not miss. Such is the case with "Dirty White Boy," the upcoming biopic about the infamous late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard. Star Michael K. Williams told the NY Daily News that the producers are working overtime to get the real Wu-Tang Clan members in the movie playing themselves.
Williams, best known as Omar Little on "The Wire," Chalky White on "Boardwalk Empire" and Professor Kane on "Community," said that the producers "have no desire to cast any actors as the Wu-Tang … We need all hands on deck."
Of course, the extensive group of rappers are no strangers to the world of film. Besides being heavily influenced by kung fu films, members of the collective have appeared on TV shows and movies for years. Method Man was on "Oz," "The Wire" and "CSI," and has also been in films such as "Red Tails," "The Wackness" and "How High." RZA and GZA appeared as themselves in the super-hip Jim Jarmusch film "Coffee and Cigarettes," in a segment with Bill Murray.
RZA has also acted in a number of films and is rumored to be in Quentin Tarantino's next film "Django Unchained." Meanwhile, his directorial debut "The Man With The Iron Fist" has apparently been test screening on the sly (check out a spoiler-y description here). Which sounds, in a word, awesome. Chances are good that the Clan will be up for playing themselves in movie about their fallen comrade.
Williams also talked at length to MTV about researching ODB, noting, "It's drama, but if you know ODB, there's going to be some comedy, but we're not playing to that. It's going to be shot as a straight piece, no buffoonery, for lack of a better word… It's only going to cover the last two years of his life when he was released from prison to the day he died. It's just an insight into what he struggled with in the public eye."