Dax Shepard and Ed Norton 'feud' over who should play Tiger King on Twitter

Dream casting underway.
Published March 27, 2020 11:02 a.m. EST
Last Updated March 30, 2020 12:42 p.m. EST
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As far as shows to consider binging while socially distancing, the limited documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness seems to be a favourite on the internet right now. Because while the world is a bit scary, it’s kind of fun to indulge in a series that legitimately has everything: tigers, murder, alligator arson, mullets, a zoo-based sex cult, and pizza made from expired Walmart meat. You can’t make up that kind of real-life drama. But, as Dax Shepard and Ed Norton are pointing out, you can recreate it. The only problem is figuring out who gets to do so.On March 24 the world learned that Kate McKinnon will officially star as Big Cat Rescue sanctuary owner Carole Baskin in the dramatized limited TV series based on the story, but so far no one has been officially cast to play the memorable big cat breeder Joe Exotic. Shepard knows exactly who should play the gay polygamist roadside zoo owner, though: himself. "If I don't get cast as Joe Exotic in the eventual biopic, Hollywood is broken," Shepard tweeted out on March 25, the day after the McKinnon project was announced (in all fairness he may have missed the news). While other people have suggested that actors like David Spade, Danny McBride or Walton Goggins could successfully replicate the character, Edward Norton has other ideas. Like Shepard, he wants to nominate himself.[video_embed id='1928353']RELATED: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are waiving rent during coronavirus[/video_embed]“Um, step aside, pal,” Norton tweeted back at the former Parenthood star on March 26. “You’re way too young and buff and you know it. You could probably pull off Maldonado still, actually. Wouldn’t that be fun?” “I'll go "Machinest" for this,” Shepard shot back with a few grin-faced emojis for good measure. Turns out Norton might not be the only actor pulling for the lead against the Bless This Mess star, though. Dane Cook also chimed in with, “I already got asked but I’m sure there is a villain role supporting me we could slot you in. #howdareyou.”Right now, with most of Hollywood shut down, it could be a while before anything actually starts filming. And to put things in perspective, McKinnon bought the rights to this story last year, before the documentary premiered. However, who’s to say that casting decisions can’t be made before then? After all, people everywhere are embracing apps like Zoom and Houseparty to connect, so what makes auditions any different? In the meantime, fans—and Dax—can only dream.[video_embed id='-1']Before you go: Super cute puppy seems to be having a really tasty dream[/video_embed]