Software Pioneer, Who Is White, Wants This Black Actor to Play Him in a Biopic

MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 13:  John McAfee talks to the media outside Beacon Hotel where he is staying after arriving last night from Guatemala on December 13, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. McAfee is a "person of interest" in the fatal shooting of his neighbor in Belize and turned up in Guatemala after a month on the run in Belize.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Software Pioneer, Who Is White, Wants This Black Actor to Play Him in a Biopic

Interesting choice.

Published March 30, 2017

It's not everyday that you hear of one of the most powerful white men in tech rallying for a Black actor to play him in a movie about his life.

Such is the case for antivirus software mogul John McAfee, who recently revealed in an interview that race is not a determinant factor in who would fill the role. In fact, he has a specific Black actor in mind.

Speaking with Newsweek, McAfee threw out a few names, but the one that had many scratching their heads in confusion was Hollywood icon Morgan Freeman.

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 08: Morgan Freeman on stage during the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 at ESPN Wide World of Sports on May 8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Prince Harry, patron of the  Invictus Games Foundation is in Orlando ahead of the opening of Invictus Games which will open on Sunday. The Invictus Games is the only International sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women. Started in 2014 by Prince Harry the Invictus Games uses the power of Sport to inspire recovery and support rehabilitation.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus)
(Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus)

In the interview, he said that Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp is definitely talented, but he believes Freeman would do a better job at capturing his essence.

"I think Depp is as good as Javier Bardem, John Turturro, Mickey Rourke or Morgan Freeman [to play the part]," he said. "I am not joking about the latter. I pray from a time when the skin tone is not a factor in character choice. From what I know of Freeman, his character closest matches mine."

McAfee's life, if given the biopic treatment, would prove to be anything but boring as he's had quite the eventful past few years. Back in 2013, he fled the country to Belize after being connected to a murder at his neighbor's house, and stayed there for a number of years.

The 71-year-old is famously known for pioneering the antivirus software named after him in 1987.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


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