The Online Hunt For Biggie Smalls


This man wants to be Biggie Smalls.

If you’re a responsible web driver, you’ve heard about Fox Searchlight’s online casting call for the Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious, a viral PR stunt with the tagline “RU BIG?” that inevitably ignited countless nicotine arguments over the weekend about who’d make the best Biggie. Forrest Whitaker? Cedric the Entertainer? Nell Carter?

But what you may not have heard about are all the wannabe Biggies coming out of the woodwork. In the dead-tree Voice, Rob Harvilla gets a few of them on the horn and discovers that so far, at least three prominent figures have emerged on the messageboard. Meet them below.

Three Biggest Biggie Contenders
(As Selected by Rob Harvilla)

Erròn Jay
Age: 27
Acting Credits: One, a 2005 Sci-Fi Channel horror flick called Larva. “I was the police deputy,” Erròn recalls. “The only black person in the movie. You can’t miss me.” He is aware that his race does not bode well for his longevity in such a film. “Yeah, but I didn’t die first,” he crows. “I died like an hour and a half into the movie. There’s plenty of deaths before mine.”
An extended interview with Erròn here

Age/Weight /Location: “Grown and sexy”/”270-plus as of today”/Flatbush native, currently in Dallas
Occupation: “IT Consultant/Six Sigma Master Black Belt (Google if unsure of this occupation)”
Claim to Fame: Appeared as T-Bone in the first season of I Love New York
No, Seriously: “The I Love New York show was crazy, honestly! I say 90 percent or more of what you saw was spontaneous and real. I met some really cool people and we stay in contact to this very day.”

James Oliphant
Age/Weight /Location: 26, N/A, Toledo
Acting Experience: Nearly cast as the lead in the Fat Albert movie
Rapping Experience: “Hell yeah I’ll freestyle!!!!”
Possible Issues: “I hate to sound vain, but Biggie wasn’t a good-looking man and I been told that I’m a good-looking guy . . . that might be my biggest hurdle to jump gettin’ into this movie, but as far as swagger and personality and emotion I got it on lock.”
Current Mood: Determined

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 22, 2007

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