It seems almost everyone is talking about Tiger King star Joe Exotic on social media these days, and now Dax Shepard is volunteering to play the former tiger breeder and convicted criminal in the inevitable biopic. Just days ago, Netflix released the new true crime documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, which heavily features Exotic during his days working at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park. His eccentric personality and the bizarre events that end with a trip to prison for Exotic makes for some highly compelling viewing, and it appears Shepard wants to be first in line for when his story is inevitably recreated.
“If I don’t get cast as Joe Exotic in the eventual biopic, Hollywood is broken,” Shepard says in a recent tweet. Knowing Dax Shepard the comment may have been in jest, but many followers of the comedian seem to be in strong support of the idea – including many celebrities. “And if Jim Gaffigan plays Baghavan ‘Doc’ Antle you can sit next to each other at the Oscars!” Justin Long enthusiastically responded. Comedian Dane Cook also jokes he’s already taken the role, by adding this reply: “I already got asked but I’m sure there is a villain role supporting me we could slot you in.”