Prince Biopic: Brian White, Chris Brown?Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 12:00 am.
After a watermarked TMZ image of Jamie Foxx as Prince hit the web, allegedly (I hope it’s allegedly), Foxx is rumored to star in a Prince biopic. I love Foxx’s impressions of Prince, but I just don’t see him as “His Purple Badness.” I will forever see Foxx as Ray Charles.
Some names to consider would be Evan Ross, Adam Rodriguez from I Can Do Bad All By Myself, but I think the best match — with the right perm and eyeliner — the up-and-coming Brian White. White doesn’t have Prince’s height, but he has some diverse acting chops to make sure the Oscar and Grammy winner’s story doesn’t turn campy.
Now, just hear me out on this one… if Chris Brown could channel his feminine side, I could actually see him as Prince. He could certainly do the dances and Lord knows it would soften this suddenly bad boy image he received in 2009. He wants to be an actor, so why not take a risk.
Just to go a lil’ further, I would love to see Zoe Saldana or Paula Patton as Vanity, Eva Mendez as Apollonia and Terrence Howard as Morris Day.
A Prince biopic is a good idea in the right hands. The “Purple Rain” hit maker has an interesting story; he supposedly struggled with racial identity (even though both his parents are Black), he was a musical prodigy, and went through some legendary battles with his band and record label. Plus, the enigma that surrounds the Minneapolis native is always fascinating. Nonetheless, Prince fans are picky, so whoever does it better get it right!