Dream casting movies is one of the most beloved pastimes in the Twitterverse but it does sting a little when, after all of social media has convened to agree on the best actor for a role, that actor turns it down. Flat.
According to Euphoria’s Angus Cloud, an indisputable dopplegänger for late rapper Mac Miller, we won’t be getting a biopic with his name topping the cast credits, despite their near-identical appearance.
Cloud sat down for a virtual chat with Etalk ahead of Euphoria's season two premiere (don’t stress, you’ll find no spoilers here but you can catch up on Crave) where he discussed what it was like to be part of a series that ended up being a massive hit a a first-time actor—and what his next project won’t be.
“I mean, no, I don’t think so,” said Cloud. “Taking on someone’s whole life and becoming that person like, how much respect you have to give them to actually try to portray them, you know? Like, you have to learn, you know what I’m saying?"
Pittsburgh rapper Miller first earned success on social media and became the first person to have an independently-released debut album top Billboard’s charts since 1995. He died of an accidental drug overdose in 2018 and was posthumously awarded the Grammy for his album, Swimming. His life and career definitely have the makings of a solid film project but Cloud has his reasons for saying he'd pass.
"I don’t think I would be prepared to take on someone’s life and legacy and try to replay that, you know?" Cloud said. "That man is a legend and he’s going to remain one. May he rest in peace, you feel me?”
Actually, we totally do feel you, Angus. The pressure to play someone who's idolized is naturally immense. When Jennifer Hudson, 15 years into her career, played icon Aretha Franklin, she said it was “the scariest thing ever.”
“Obviously she can’t be duplicated,” Hudson told The Independent. “I know what she represents and what she means to the world – including myself. It’s not easy when you’re entrusted with something like that; I did not take it lightly at all.”
Who knows if after a few more years of acting and with more experience on his side, Cloud might have a change of heart. Until then, Twitter can keep the casting campaign alive.
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