Redding Biopic Not Sexy Enough For Gooding Jr
CUBA GOODING JR turned down the chance to play soul legend OTIS REDDING in a biopic, because the script wasn't raunchy enough. BASIC INSTINCT and SHOWGIRLS writer JOE ESZTERHAS created a screenplay for the project, but Gooding Jr was shocked to find it bore none of the Hungarian writer's trademark sex scenes. Eszterhas tells the New York Daily News, "I had lunch with Cuba Gooding Jr and Cuba went on about how he loved Otis and his dad was a musician and he loved the script, but he said, 'Man, you're Joe Eszterhas. Where's the sex?' "He finally decided not to do the movie. And I don't know, maybe I should have written some sex in there."