David Spade is obsessed with “Tiger King” but doesn’t want to play Joe Exotic


At a time when the world did not think self-quarantine could be fun, Netflix released its latest docuseries Tiger King; Murder, chaos and madness, and changed our lives forever. Celebrities are locked up in their 3,000 square foot mansions (making it harder to relate to their quarantine shots, Instagram photos and well … pretty much everything they say about cabin fever) and even they flock to Netflix to see what all the fuss is about. The results? Celebrities love it Tiger king as much as we do, and David Spade could love him the most.

Tiger king recap (sort of)

David Spade smiling in front of a repetitive background
David Spade | Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic for Comedy Central / Getty Images

For those of you who have not seen the docuseries, here is a quick recap. The Tiger King (aka Joe Exotic aka Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage) once owned a private polygamous zoo in Oklahoma, where he employed a wide range of employees. Exotic gets tangled up in a messy battle with Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist and owner of Big Cat Rescue. Baskin disagrees to keep “big cats” as pets, and she does not support their breeding. Exotic has over 100 “big cats” and it breeds them for money, and allows the public to pay to pet the cubs. Baskin is also currently refuting just about everything the Netflix docuseries portray about him and Big Cat Rescue.

Exotic claims that Baskin is also responsible for the disappearance of her late husband. His theory? She fed him to a tiger. Exotic is doing what could be the best music video ever, on a song he wrote on Baskin called Here is Kitty Kitty. There’s a lot more to it than that going on in docuseries, including a look at the “big cats” that go to Hollywood.

David Spade shared Tiger king but does not want to play the role of Exotic

There has been a lot of talk about the next series on some of the Tiger king characters, Kate McKinnon to play Carol Baskin. Fans everywhere made the hilarious comparison of Joe Dirt, one of Spade’s well-known roles, to Exotic. The two men wear calves, cuts and a passion for the redneck lifestyle.

Recently, Spade did an interview with Entertainment Tonight where he revealed that he “doesn’t know if he could” play the role of Exotic because “it sounds too fun. “

Spade was not shy about his obsession with docuseries in his interview with ET. He told us that before he even finished the series, he wanted to find everyone on the show and talk to them. For the most part, he was able to do so.

Spade points out that the “saddest part” of the interviews with the cast is that Exotic is the one who loves celebrity the most and that he cannot be interviewed in prison.

Spades dream cast for “Tiger King”

For Exotic, Spade thinks Woody Harrelson would be a good choice. Harrelson played many comic roles with his most recent being Tallahassee in Zombieland: Double Tap. Even if America thinks Joe Dirt’s actor would be the better choice, Harrelson’s Spade’s suggestion is also perfect.

Other characters, like zoo director John Reinke and Exotic’s first husband, John Finlay, Spade think that Matthew McConaughey should play and (according to Finlay’s personal choice) Channing Tatum.

Spade even thinks that friends co-stars Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox are set to play the wives of famed Doc Antle, who employs many young women in his zoo who often become another of his wives.


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