Earlier, U.Today reported that Hollywood was planning to shoot a biopic about notorious ‘crypto baron’ John McAfee. Back then, Johnny Depp was chosen to play the controversial crypto mover and shaker.
However, in autumn 2018 McAfee tweeted that he rejected Depp since he would be unable to truly show McAfee’s character on screen.
Instead of ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’, another actor was chosen to play McAfee – Michael Keaton, famous for performing in the Birdman movie (for which he received the Golden Globe Award) and playing in movies about superheroes.
My lobbying against Johnny Depp, Who was picked https://t.co/hKoS5JAhy9 me in "King of the Jungle", worked. I refused to work with Depp. Replaced by Michael Keaton. My hope was for Morgan Freeman (seriously). He refused. Seth Rogan also has a part.https://t.co/0VjRvRgMsN— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) October 27, 2018
McAfee says ‘no’
On March 22, John McAfee released a tweet regarding the most recent choice of actor who will be playing him. Apparently, the crypto baron is not satisfied again, saying that he does not know Michael Keaton at all except for a couple of times they had briefly met at parties, with alcohol being the subject of their talk.
Hollywood? Michael Keaton replaced Johnny Depp to play me in King of the Jungle. I know him not. Met him twice - parties. Said less than 5 words: "Where's the fucking booze" anyway I DM'd him explained— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) March 22, 2019
I was black with a skin ailment and pissed they chose him. Never responded. pic.twitter.com/nkiArjJqAH
Previously, McAfee tweeted that an ideal actor for his part in the “King of Jungle” movie would be Morgan Freeman. But the star of “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Bruce Almighty” rejected the offer.
McAfee and other Hollywood stars
It turns out that Mr. McAfee does know some actors in person – or at least they exchange personal messages on Twitter. One of them is Val Kilmer.
Recently, McAfee wrote to him, expressing that actors do not show reality, just try to act it, while he himself actually lives through events that Kilmer acts in his films.
Kilmer in response offered his condolences to McAfee for having to live such sort of a life, making it sound like a joke.
Val Kilmer has been following me for years with me thinking he was not. I finally shot a mostly snotty DM over, saying that in his movies he was an actor in a play trying to act the reality was the actuality of my real life, boy" That's why I pity you old man" he replied. pic.twitter.com/lzw8I5qEOy— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) March 22, 2019