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Uncut Gems generated a massive buzz for its inclusion of unexpected guest performances from the likes of Kevin Garnett and The Weeknd but it turns out there was one potential performance we all missed out on. According to Harlem rap godfather Cam'ron, he was supposed to star in the film alongside Jonah Hill and Manhattan Diamond District jewelers Izzy and Joseph Aranbayev aka Avianne & Co., but he was ultimately bypassed for unknown reasons.
Cam posted to Instagram in response to a feature on Complex about Avianne & Co. and their role in helping to make the Safdie brothers' film a reality. The feature reveals that the Aranbayev brothers were supposed to join the other sibling duo in crafting the film — however, despite providing many of the jewelry pieces used in it, they didn't get the opportunity to appear in it themselves.
Cam'ron not only confirmed their story, he added a detail of his own: That he believes Josh Safdie used him to get to the Aranbayev brothers, as he was one of their loyal customers. He complains that the role they wanted to give his was “sucker ass role” and that he didn't even get a shout-out in the credits. However, he insists that Safdie is “still my guy” and jokingly requests a consultant fee, ultimately congratulates everyone involved on the film's success.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is by one of the most successful movie franchises in history, though it does have its detractors, with some finding the movies the make up the series a little too similar to each other. Well, things could have been vastly different, as once upon a time, critically acclaimed auteur Quentin Tarantino had toyed with bringing Marvel superhero Luke Cage to the big screen himself.'There was a time before all this Marvel shit was coming out. It was after Reservoir Dogs, it was before Pulp Fiction, and I had thought about doing Luke Cage. Growing up I was a big comic book collector, and my two favorite [comic books] were Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, later Luke Cage: Power Man, and Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu. I also liked Werewolf by Night, that was a great one, and Tomb of Dracula was great, but my absolute hero was Luke Cage.'
Admittedly Tarantino's near-enticement to the comic book genre came very early in his career, just after making his seminal crime movie Reservoir Dogs, in fact. Tarantino stressed that he was the only white guy he know who read and collected Luke Cage comics over all the other superhero choices. The director did make sure to note that his Luke Cage adaptation would not have replaced Pulp Fiction as his second movie, rather the comic book caper would have been his third project instead of Jackie Brown. Ultimately, what stopped Quentin Tarantino from bringing the hero for hire to life was a struggle with casting.'What actually dissuaded me from doing it... was my comic geek friends talked me out of it. Because I had an idea that Larry Fishburne would've been the perfect guy to play Luke Cage. And I'm talking King of New York era Larry Fishburne. 'My name is Jimmy Jump.' ... But All my friends were like, 'No, no, listen, it's got to be Wesley Snipes.' And I go, 'Look, I like Wesley Snipes, but Larry Fishburne is practically Marlon Brando. I think Fish is the man.' And they're like, 'Yeah, but he'd have to get in shape in a big way. Snipes is that way already!' And I go, 'Fuck that! That's not that important! Fuck you, you ruined the whole damn thing!''
So, we can blame Tarantino's opinionated friends for depriving us all of a Tarantino directed Luke Cage movie lead by Laurence Fishburne. Thanks a lot, guys. Of course, Wesley Snipes went on to find success in the comic book world playing the MArvel vampire-hunter Blade in all three Blade movies. As for Luke Cage, he was eventually played by actor Mike Colter in the 2 well-received Netflix seasons.
Tarantino was also asked about Martin Scorsese's recent comments regarding comic book movies, in which the Goodfellas director likened Marvel's output to being more like theme park rides than legitimate cinema.'Generationally does anyone think he is going to be a big fan of Captain Marvel or Doctor Strange and Ant-Man vs. the Wasp? You could've guessed THAT would've been his reaction.'
It is interesting to wonder...
If you've ever wanted to watch movies with basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal, TNT's upcoming “ShaqNight!” events are here for you.
TNT will begin hosting “ShaqNight!” every Thursday, wherein the NBA legend and his friends join viewers in watching and commenting on some of O'Neal's favorite films. The events lead into the upcoming TNT docuseries “Shaq Life.” TNT will celebrate each Thursday event by donating money to a charitable organization chosen by O'Neal's guest.
“I can’t wait for viewers to join me on Thursday nights,” O’Neal said in a statement. “I hope ShaqNight will deliver laughs, fun, and entertainment into people’s homes at a time when we need it most.”
Per TNT's synopsis, “Shaq Life” features O'Neal touring the world to establish himself as a DJ; navigating his partnership with a controversial franchise; training with UFC fighters for his first-ever MMA grappling match; raising six children and expanding his legacy.
“Shaq Life” is narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and produced by Steve Michaels, Jodi Flynn and James Macnab of The Content Group. Michael Bloom for Bongo Pictures, Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton, Mike Parris and Rory Karpf serve as executive producers. Karpf is also the showrunner.
“Shaq Life” marks the latest installment in O'Neal's prolific acting career. He starred in and executive produced the 1996 musical comedy “Kazaam,” where he portrayed a 5,000 year-old-genie, and was also one of the first African Americans to star as a superhero in “Steel,” the 1997 DC Comics film. O'Neal has guest starred in numerous shows, including “The Simpsons” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and also appeared in “The Lego Movie” and “The Smurfs 2.”
O'Neal is no stranger to reality television as well. The basketball legend starred in “Shaquille,” a six-episode ESPN series that aired in 2005. He also starred in “Shaq's Big Challenge,” a six-episode ABC series where O'Neal helped obese middle schoolers lose weight and have a healthier lifestyle.
O'Neal was also closely involved in “Shaq Fu,” the infamous 1994 fighting video game where O'Neal is transported to an alternate dimension and fights a goblin and a mummy, and its similarly ill-fated 2018 sequel.
Check out the trailer for “Shaq Life” below: