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Two Ol' Dirty Bastard Biopics Underway, RZA Says

Films to focus on different periods in Wu-Tang rapper's life

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October 5, 2012 10:40 AM ET

Wu-Tang Clan leader the RZA is working on two separate biopics about his cousin and bandmate, the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, IndieWire.com reports. One, Dirty White Boy, will focus on Dirty's manager during the rapper's final two years. The other, with the working title Dirt: One Word Could Change The World, will involve ODB's family. "His mother is involved with Dirty White Boy. I'm involved with both, anything about his life, I want to help out with any capacity. His mother told me I should come in and help," said RZA.

Dirty White Boy examines the twilight of Dirty's career, but Dirt looks to tell the early days of the rapper's journey. "As far as Dirt, that actually starts back when we was young . . . Me and [ODB] ran through this city, man, cutting school, stealin' pretzels from the hot dog stand, being vagabonds, sleeping on the trains, drinking '40s on the back of the A Train, rapping, getting chased by the police," said RZA. "It's a coming-of-age story that me and him and a few of our cousins went through. Then it goes on into finally becoming Wu-Tang, going through that hell. And then it takes on his side of it, not my side."

RZA might have even larger roles, hinting that he may score Dirty White Boy and that he appears in the script on multiple instances. But RZA downplayed a possible directorial role with either film, saying, "I dunno, it depends. Right now I'm not, though."

RZA will make his directorial debut with the martial arts film The Man With The Iron Fist, opening November 2nd.

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