Netflix’s True Crime series, Tiger King: murder, chaos and madness, documents the life of Joe Exotic – a large cat breeder and zoo keeper who hired a hitman to kill his rival. Her ex-husband John Finlay is one of the stars of the series. With people talking about a potential feature film, Finlay has his own ideas of who could play best.
Who is the star of “Tiger King” John Finlay?
As shown on Tiger king, John Finlay was Joseph Maldonado-Passage, the second husband of Joe Exotic. The two met in 2003 when Finlay came to work for him.
“When I first met Joe, it was like a month after high school,” said Finlays in the docuseries. “He showed me love and I learned how big my heart was and how much I should care about it.”
Finlay spent much of his time at G.W. in Maldonado-Passage. Zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. He has helped her husband care for hundreds of exotic animals, including tigers, lions, ligers, bears, monkeys and reptiles.
In 2014, Finlay and Maldonado-Passage had a marriage of three with 19-year-old Travis Maldonado. But only a year after their marriage, things started to fall apart.
The two went into a physical argument that ended up charging Finlay from the battery. Finlay returned to work at the zoo and began a relationship with the secretary, who then had her baby.
Finlay left the zoo in late 2017, around the time Maldonado-Passage started having financial and legal problems. While the zoo keeper was under federal investigation, he attempted to hire a hitman (an undercover federal agent) to kill his rival, Carole Baskin. He was sentenced in 2019 and sentenced to 22 years in prison in early 2020.
Rumors of a possible Tiger King film are spinning
Since its creation in March, Tiger king has become somewhat of a phenomenon. With the rest of the world, celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, Cardi B and David Spade are now obsessed with her story.
The documentary series is now so popular that people are waiting for a feature film about the life of Maldonado-Passage. In fact, actors like Dax Shepard, Edward Norton and Jared Leto all turned to Twitter to express their desire to play “Joe Exotic” if ever a film were to be made.
“If I’m not interpreted as Joe Exotic in the possible biopic, Hollywood is broken”, Shepard wrote in a tweet. “Um, step aside, buddy,” Norton responded to Shepard on Twitter. “You are too young and buff and you know it. You could probably remove Maldonado again, actually. Wouldn’t it be fun? “
Finlay already has ideas on who could play it best
In a conversation with CNN, Finlay said “Shia LaBeouf or Channing Tatum” could play its part if a film were to be made. Maldonado-Passage suggested that Brad Pitt could play his role. But when CNN asked Finlay about this casting choice, he wasn’t exactly on board.
“Brad Pitt, no,” he said of his ex’s suggestion. “Dax Shephard, he would probably be the best choice. “