Obscure Black C-List Actors: Jermaine ‘Huggy’ Hopkins!
Usually when I do Obscure Black C-List Actor posts I emphasize the depth and breadth of the actor’s career, and remind you of the numerous yet esoteric movies and television shows the actor has been in, including what he is up to now. But Jermaine “Huggy” Hopkins came to my mind the other day (please do not ask me why), and he only has THIRTEEN acting credits to his name. How can this be? Well, we all know him from Juice where he played Steel, and from Lean on Me as the fat kid, and then that abhorrently weak movie Phat Beach, whose title and co-star Coolio say more about the movie than I can remember. Then he grew up and was on Wayans Brothers a few times…other than that even I was stumped.
I did a little digging and learned that these days he has been hitting up the Fox Searchlight message boards insisting that he would be perfect in the role of Notorious B.I.G. in the upcoming movie about his life. As you may have heard, Fox is holding open casting and looking for an ‘unknown.’ Someone claiming to be Hopkins wrote:
yo this JERMAINE HOPKINS the co star of lean on me and juice i know i would be best for this role because unlike Antony Anderson and a lot of these other actors iam realy from the streets and growing up my pops was a hustler that wore all the furs ,gators,the cars,the money, and also fat black and ugly as ever the women.sO BIGGIE was my pops before any body know of Biggie Smalls and i act just like him .Hoola AT ME iam with Mario & Jimmy Henchmen and lets do this J HOP is your man for the job
I can’t see why anyone would choose to impersonate him… his post is troublesome, but I guess we’ll see. Nothing can top this performance though:
Do you smoke crack, Sams?