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Tiger King Joe Exotic’s ex John Finlay says he wants Channing Tatum to play him in a movie

TIGER King star John Finlay wants Channing Tatum to play him when a Hollywood film is inevitably made based on the Netflix sensation.

John married the show’s breakout star Joe Exotic, 57, in 2014 but left him to be with a woman a few years later and has not spoken to his ex since.

The INSANE documentary has captivated audiences and Hollywood alike with a lot of buzz about an upcoming film based off the documentary.

During an interview on Lights Out with David Spade, the 55-year-old comedian asked what actor should play him.

“There’s a big name. I would have to say Channing Tatum,” the Oklahoma native said with a laugh.

Despite the Magic Mike star’s good looks, he revealed the sentimental reason why he chose the actor.

“I think it was about four or five years ago he did a shoutout to [my cousin] Alyssa Finlay who had stage four breast cancer.

“And one of her bucket lists was to have Channing Tatum give her a kiss and he did on Skype. Since he did that for my cousin, I would actually like him to play me.”

The true crime story follows tiger breeder Joe who spirals out of control after clashing with animal rights groups and a host of eccentric characters.

John worked as a welder, animal handler and various other jobs around the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma during his time with Joe.

However, despite being an employee of the zoo for 11 years, John admitted he got paid ZERO dollars from his then-husband.

Before the Netflix series became the #1 show in the world, Joe - who’s real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage - was the subject of the second season of Wondery’s Over My Dead Body podcast.

In November 2019, SNL star Kate McKinnon, 36, announced she will executive produce and star in a limited TV series based off of the podcast, Deadline first reported.

The blonde funny woman will take on the highly-anticipated role of Carole Baskin - who’s role on the Netflix show has caused mass controversy.

The Big Cat Rescue advocate approved of the casting decision and told Entertainment Weekly yesterday:

“Kate McKinnon is a wonderful actress. Big Cat Rescue implores Kate McKinnon to not use real big cats and cubs in the making of her series.

“We hope McKinnon has a passion for animals and that her series will focus on the horrible lives captive big cats lead when exploited by breeders like Joe Exotic.”

Fans of the series were shocked to see the documentary star - who previously had most of his teeth missing - flashing a full smile in recent days.

He posted on Facebook: “Yes I have my teeth fixed. The producers of the Netflix series had video and pictures of this, but chose not to show it.

“It's all about the ratings for them, not the people they hurt.”

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