AceShowbiz - Kevin Bacon is oddsmakers' favorite to play Joe Exotic in a feature film about the "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness" star. The Golden Globe Award-winning actor leads the list at SportsBetting.ag of stars whom gamblers should place their bets on when it comes to who will portray the former zookeeper in the movie adaptation about the incarcerated zookeeper.
Also in the list of potential Joe depicters are three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton, Academy Award-nominated actor Billy Bob Thornton, as well as actors/comedians David Spade and Ben Stiller. The site notes, though, that the film has to be released by 2021 or sooner to be eligible to win the bet.
Bookmakers have additionally named who could be portraying Joe's nemesis Carole Baskin. "The Goldbergs" star Wendi Mclendon-Covey is the favorite, with awards-winning actress Allison Janney,"Saturday Night Live" alum Kristen Wiig, Jennifer Coolidge ("American Pie") and 2020 Oscars' Best Actress winner Laura Dern among the other candidates.
While gamblers can put their bets on those names, Joe's husband John Finlay has his own favorites to play him and his husband in a supposed film about them. He recently told Entertainment Tonight that Dax Shepard would be perfect to play Joe, while he wants Channing Tatum to play him.
Dax's wife Kristen Bell has weighed in on John's dream casting and she said that the "CHiPs" star was thrilled to hear John had endorsed his campaign to grab the part of Joe. "Dax would be so thrilled, because we loved that show!" the actress said. While revealing that her husband fears killer animals and would need CGI in place of real tigers, she added, "But he's very much in. He's very much campaigning for the role. I think he would be brilliant."
She also supported John's idea of having Channing to play Dax's on-screen husband, saying, "That's genius. And also, Dax and Channing are very good friends, so they could pull this off easily. They have to do it!"