There is no OutKast biopic in the works, or at least one hasn’t been confirmed.
This is simply Andre 3000 speaking off the cuff when asked who he would like to see play himself and Big Boi should a movie ever be done on the legendary duo’s lives and careers. Following a preview for his upcoming Jimi Hendrix-inspired movie All By My Side at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, Dre lamented on how innovative a comedy would be.
“It would be great to make an Outkast movie right now, but instead of really serious, make it a full comedy — like Kevin Hart would play Big Boi,” Dre told Rolling Stone. As for himself? “We should cast somebody stupid — like Leonardo DiCaprio.”
Quickly taking a more serious tone, Dre responded if a film were to ever be done, the aspect of balance between he and Big is what he’d most like to see. Stacks then opened up to R.S.’ Steve Appleford about a topic that has long-since been the elephant in the room in regards to OutKast’s near-mythical adulation over the years: the under-appreciation of Big Boi and demigod-like praise of himself.
“One of the biggest things that kills me is when people try to put Big Boi down. And honestly, Big’s a much sharper rapper than I am. If I was going to a battle, I’d definitely bet on him instead of me,” Dre said.
Stacks being the introvert of the two is hardly breaking news. His allegorical years-long stretches of reclusiveness helped amplify his legend as rap’s version of Halley’s Comet tenfold since the group’s last album, Idlewild, in 2006. For one reason or another, however, Big Boi’s recognition has consistently been left with the short end of the proverbial stick.
Calling a spade a spade, his presence is taken for granted because he never truly left the public eye’s eye. Big shunned providing fans the opportunity to miss him in the manner Dre has, which has unfairly been used against him over the years despite the release of quality projects, most notably 2010’s Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.
The reality is, in defiance of what many newer influx of ‘Kast fans have been led to believe in recent years, the balance Andre preached is exactly what transformed them, the course of Southern Hip-Hop and the genre as a whole. Aquemini cannot be considered one of the landmark musical contributions of the last quarter century without Big Boi in the manner ATLiens cachet lacks considerably without Andre. OutKast became an irreplaceable fixture in rap culture due to their partnership, not one carrying dead weight for 20 years. Regardless, hearing Dre come to bat for Big was a small gesture, but one simultaneously speaking volumes.
Perhaps now one of rap’s most notorious slights can begin the process of being swept under the rug for good. Probably not, though.