‘Tiger King’ Star John Finlay Thinks Shia LaBeouf Could Play Him in a Movie

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Netflix’s true-crime collection, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, paperwork the lifetime of Joe Exotic  — a giant cat breeder and zookeeper who employed a hitman to kill his rival. His ex-husband, John Finlay, is among the collection’ breakout stars. With folks speaking a couple of potential function movie, Finlay has his personal concepts on who may play him finest. 

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Who is ‘Tiger King’ star John Finlay?

As proven on Tiger King, John Finlay was Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic’s second husband. The two met in 2003 when Finlay got here to work for him.

“When I first met Joe, I was like a month out of high school,” Finlays says within the docuseries. “He showed me love, and I learned how big my heart was, and how much to care.” 

Finlay spent a lot of his time at Maldonado-Passage’s G.W. Zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. He helped his husband deal with tons of of unique animals, together with tigers, lions, ligers, bears, monkeys, and reptiles. 

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In 2014, Finlay and Maldonado-Passage had a three-person marriage ceremony with 19-year outdated Travis Maldonado. But just one 12 months into their marriage, issues began to collapse.

The two acquired right into a bodily altercation that ended up with Finlay being charged with battery. Finlay got here again to work on the zoo and began a relationship with the secretary, who then ended up having his child. 

Finlay left the zoo in late 2017, proper across the time Maldonado-Passage began having monetary and authorized troubles. While the zookeeper was underneath federal investigation, he tried to rent a hitman (an undercover federal agent) to have his rival, Carole Baskin killed. He was convicted in 2019, and sentenced to 22 years in jail in early 2020. 

Rumors of a possible ‘Tiger King’ film are swirling

Since it premiered in March, Tiger King has develop into considerably of a phenomenon. Along with the remainder of the world, celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, Cardi B, and David Spade at the moment are obsessive about its story. 

The documentary collection is now so fashionable, that persons are ready for a function movie to be made about Maldonado-Passage’s life.  In truth, actors like Dax Shepard, Edward Norton, and Jared Leto all took to Twitter to specific their need to play “Joe Exotic” if a film had been ever to be made. 

“If I don’t get cast as Joe Exotic in the eventual biopic, Hollywood is broken,” Shepard wrote in a tweet. “Um, step aside, pal,” Norton responded to Shepard on Twitter. “You’re way too young and buff and you know it. You could probably pull off Maldonado still, actually. Wouldn’t that be fun?” 

Finlay already has concepts on who may play him finest

When speaking to CNN, Finlay mentioned both “Shia LaBeouf or Channing Tatum” may play his position if a movie had been to be made. Maldonado-Passage has urged Brad Pitt may play his position. But when CNN requested Finlay about that casting alternative, he wasn’t precisely on board. 

“Brad Pitt, no,” he mentioned about his ex’s suggestion. “Dax Shephard, he would probably be the better choice.”

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