Dax Shepard and Edward Norton argue over which of them should play Joe Exotic

The new Netflix docuseries Tiger King has already proven to be a hit with critics and audiences.

And it counts two of Hollywood’s famous faces among its fanbase: actors Dax Shepard and Edward Norton, who enjoyed a back-and-forth over which of them should be cast as the titular character in a forthcoming movie adaptation.

‘If I don’t get cast as Joe Exotic in the eventual biopic, Hollywood is broken,’ tweeted Shepard, 45, on Wednesday. 

Fight club: Dax Shepard [L in May 2019] and Edward Norton [R in October 2019] enjoyed a back-and-forth over which of them should be cast as the titular character in a forthcoming movie adaptation of Tiger King

Three-time Oscar nominated actor Edward Norton, 50, replied, ‘Um, step aside, pal. You’re way too young and buff and you know it. You could probably pull off Maldonado still, actually. Wouldn’t that be fun?’

The ‘Maldonado’ to which he referred is one of Joe’s five husbands, who also appears in the Netflix series about the eccentric animal breeder currently in prison for attempting to hire a hitman to kill a rival zookeeper.

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Shepard replied with five smiling emojis and joked, ‘I’ll go “Machinest” [sic] for this.’

The Machinist is a 2004 film starring Christian Bale, who famously dropped 63 pounds for his role in the movie. 

It’s on: ‘If I don’t get cast as Joe Exotic in the eventual biopic, Hollywood is broken,’ tweeted Shepard, 45, on Wednesday

The man, the myth: The Netflix series is about an eccentric animal breeder (Joe Exotic, pictured here in his 2020 mugshot) currently in prison for attempting to hire a hitman to kill a rival zookeeper

A life well lived: Joe’s life has been ‘you can make this up’ wild, from his three-way wedding to two different men to his years-long feud with Carole Baskin

The seven-episode docu-series, which premiered on the streaming platform on March 20, follows the true story of a man who goes by Joe Exotic, a tiger breeder who ran an exotic animal park in Oklahoma.

Joe’s life has been ‘you can make this up’ wild, from his three-way wedding to two different men to his years-long feud with Carole Baskin, which culminated in a 22-year prison sentence after he was found guilty of hiring an undercover FBI agent to murder her.

Tiger King currently holds a coveted 100% Fresh rating on critical aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. 

Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon has been attached since 2019 to star in a TV series based on Exotic, according to Variety. 

Weight loss: The Machinist, to which Dax referred in his tweet, is a 2004 film starring Christian Bale, who famously dropped 63 pounds for his role in the movie

Read more:

  • Tiger King: Season 1 – Rotten Tomatoes
  • Kate McKinnon to Star in Series Adaptation of Podcast ‘Joe Exotic’ – Variety
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