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Snoop Dogg Will Try to Play Someone Who Isn’t Snoop Dogg

The Projector

Certain actors -- or "actors" -- reach the level of off-camera game that makes it seem impossible to ever to play a character who isn't themselves, or at least a thinly veiled version of themselves. Charlie Sheen is one of those people. Courtney Love. Kanye West. Bill Clinton. The Dalai Lama? Abraham Lincoln?

It would seem to us that Snoop Dogg -- who, by the way, has been in the public eye for more than 20 years now -- would be one of those people. You would think Snoop Dogg would want to be one of these people; Snoop has proven surprisingly durable as a pop culture icon for these two decades. But nope: Snoop wants to play Fillmore Slim. Who is Fillmore Slim and why does Snoop Dogg want to play him?

Rapper Snoop Dogg will star in biopic The Legend of Fillmore Slim, announced today by Ames Universal and SRI Entertainment. Fillmore Slim —real name Clarence Sims— is a blues singer and guitarist. During the 1960s and 1970s, he was also a well-known pimp in San Francisco, referred to as "The West Coast Godfather of the Game" and "The Pope of Pimping."

Oh, that would explain why Snoop would want to play him. What an economically catchy phrase: "The Pope of Pimping." Slim was also the focus of the Hughes Brothers' 1999 film "American Pimp." Snoop Dogg was not in the film but was surely, somewhere, nonetheless pimpin'.

Snoop Dogg To Topline Fillmore Slim Biopic [Deadline]