If you’re a black actor in Hollywood and your agent isn’t going around spreading rumors that you’re being considered for the role of B.A. Baracus in “Smokin’ Aces” director Joe Carnahan’s big-screen version of the ’80s TV show “The A-Team”, then you’re paying him way too much for not doing a whole lot for ya. Luckily for The Game, his agent is definitely doing his job, and the rapper’s name is now being talked about with the role made famous by Mister T. in the action-adventure show.
According to the folks over at BlackFilm, “The Game is being considered for the role of B.A Baracus”. Notice they said “being considered”. That could mean anything, from Carnahan listening to a Game CD to Carnahan actually talking about auditioning the guy. The point is, names get thrown around big movies all the time. Anyways, The Game looks way too small to replace Mister T, though I gotta admit, tattooing your face is pretty hardcore.
Other notable black actors previously attached to the role include “Terminator Salvation” star Common, “2 Fast 2 Furious” star Tyrese, and “XXX: State of the Union” star Ice Cube. Whoever Carnahan ends up choosing will depend on how he wants to approach the role: does he want to stay faithful, or go a complete 180 degrees? I.e. does he want a big, intimidating black guy who can throw people over his head, or does he want to completely re-invent the character?
Whoever ends up getting the job, they’ll be joining a cast that already includes Liam Neeson as the team’s leader Hannibal and “The Hangover’s” Bradley Cooper as Faceman. Besides B.A. Baracus, the other role still up for grabs is Murdoch, the team’s howling mad (but very useful) nutjob.
Joe Carnahan was also recently announced as the adaptation’s new director, replacing John Singleton. The film is looking at a 2010 release date.
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