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Dave Franco to Play Vanilla Ice in Upcoming Biopic About the Musician To the Extreme
Dave Franco is ready to “rock a mic like a vandal” to play Vanilla Ice in the upcoming biopic about the ’90s icon, To the Extreme.
Franco, 35, opened up about tackling the role during a recent interview with Insider, saying that he envisions the project to be like 2017’s The Disaster Artist, which starred the actor and his older brother, James Franco, and centered around the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room — a film now famously deemed as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.”
“With that movie, people expected us to make a broad comedy where we make fun of Tommy Wiseau, but the more real we played it, the more funnier and heartfelt it was — that’s the tone we want for this one as well,” he said.
As the film’s crew is “inching closer and closer to preproduction,” Franco added that he’s had phone calls with the “Ice Ice Baby” hitmaker — born Robert Van Winkle — to speak about the project during his time at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Rob is such a sweet and intelligent guy and he’s been super helpful in the process of getting all the details correct and making us privy to information the public doesn’t know,” Franco said. “Just talking to him I can’t help but think about the rabbit holes I’m going to go down to get ready for the role.”