Kanye West Wants This White Actor to Play Him in His Biopic

The unexpected has become expected when it comes to Kanye West. He’s well known for shocking choices, whether he’s making a dramatic career change or interrupting Taylor Swift’s VMA acceptance speech.

Of course, West has been open about the fact that he has struggled with his mental health. So it’s always hard to know when his outrageous behavior is a symptom and when he’s just being himself — maybe a little narcissistic

Recently West raised eyebrows again when he tracked down an actor to ask if he’d be interested in playing the part of West in a movie about his life. The problem with that? This actor is white. 

Kanye West has a history of peculiar behavior

Kanye West speaks during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval office.
Kanye West | Oliver Contreras – Pool/Getty Images

This isn’t the first time West has done something unusual. People weren’t happy when he interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech, something he now attributes to the fact that he was drinking at the time.

He famously deleted his social media accounts after he made went on a rant supporting President Trump on Saturday Night Live. He also tweeted a suggestion that the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery should be abolished. In response to the backlash, he left Twitter and Instagram. 

West’s recent political leanings have puzzled a lot of people. He’s not only a big Trump fan, but he’s also talked about running for President in 2024. Of course, he had talked in the past about running in 2020, so perhaps that should be taken with a grain of salt. 

But whether all of this is just West being himself, or if it’s a symptom of mental health problems, his latest move has managed to surprise people again.

Kanye West asked Danny McBride to play him in his biopic

In an unusual casting choice, West recently spoke to The Righteous Gemstones actor Danny McBride about playing him in a movie about his life. This wasn’t just casual chit-chat at a party, either.

West tracked down McBride’s phone number and called to ask if he’d consider the role. He suggested they get together to talk about the idea, and when McBride explained that he lived in South Carolina, he flew there to talk about it in person. 

McBride told the story of his unusual meeting with West on a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. West apparently came to his house to discuss his plans for the biopic. McBride said it was a great visit, and West even took the time to watch his son play Fortnite.

Is Danny McBride going to play Kanye West?

Having a white actor play the part of West is more than an unusual choice. Hollywood has a controversial history of casting white people to play the parts of people of color.

It’s called “whitewashing” and it keeps minorities from being seen in prominent films, as well as denying hard-to-get roles to them. For a white man to play the part of such a famous black man seems like classic whitewashing, leaving people wondering what West is thinking. 

McBride said he thought the idea was “brilliant” and he’d consider it if they can work out the timing. It’s not clear if he actually meant that or if he was joking. He may not have been taking the idea seriously at all, because in the same interview McBride laughingly agreed with Kimmel’s suggestion that he could play Kim Kardashian, calling it “a good move.”

Among West’s many eccentric ideas, this one is pretty out there. It’s not clear how McBride could convincingly play West, and it would potentially be offensive to many people of color and their allies. Whether or not it will happen remains to be seen. One thing is certain: West has never let anyone else’s feelings stop him.