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World Peace to star as cop in Lifetime Movie Network flick

Jun 11, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

Metta World Peace AP

If you tried to pitch this script to a Hollywood executive you could never get the project green lit because it was too weird. Then they’d go approve another Adam Sandler film and we’d all groan.

But here it is:

Metta World Peace will play a detective in a Lifetime Movie Network film based on a best-selling novel of a television show host.

And the Lakers were whispering he was going too Hollywood. Here is the report TVGuide.com (hat tip to SLAM).

Peace will make his acting debut in a movie adaptation of Nancy Grace’s first novel, The Eleventh Victim, set to premiere in the fall on Lifetime Movie Network.

Peace will set down his basketball to play Garlan Fincher, a Georgia detective who works very closely with Atlanta Assistant District Attorney Hailey Dean, played by Beverly Hills, 90210vet Jennie Garth. How, you may ask, did this highly unusual bit of casting come about? Turns out World Peace and Grace became fast friends during their stint on Season 13 of Dancing With the Stars.

They had to become fast friends considering how long World Peace lasted on Dancing With the Stars. Artest also has done a guest spot on a sitcom that we didn’t watch.

Is World Peace even the least bit believable as a Southern DA? Sure, it’s acting. And is this really any less believable than anything else on the Lifetime Movie Network? You know, that channel your mother in law always has on at her place, either that or CSI reruns? Now she’s going to ask you about World Peace. Be prepared to tell her how World Peace the DA would have charged World Peace the player for that elbow to James Harden‘s head.

  1. magicbucs - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    They better have enough security on set.

    • muhangis - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:37 AM

      Is that meant to be funny? …. or just a lame comment?

  2. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    so he’s gonna play an overly aggressive guy that goes rogue on the job is always on the verge of suspension? got it.

  3. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    “just when you can’t get any dumber…you turn around and go do this…and TOTALLY redeem yourself!”

  4. d3murf - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    He had a pretty good part in Steve Harvey’s movie “Think like a man”…so this isnt his debut at all…

  5. rajbais - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Oh dear!!!

    I don’t know what’s worse seeing him in a movie or his name in the opening credits.

  6. samikit - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    This is proof that you don’t need talent to be an actor. Just be a thug that has mental problems and you’ll be golden

  7. ss3walkman - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    I’m sure his next move will be hitting a woman in this flick

  8. p1nch3dloaf - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    haha…Metta Elbow couldn’t have asked for a better roll…way to represent

    git’er done World Piece!

  9. biasedhomer - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    “Peace will make his acting debut in a movie …”

    I’m pretty sure I saw him in that movie Think like a Man

  10. mungman69 - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    He is a mental joke. Let’s not watch.

  11. skids003 - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    No doubt, the world is coming to an end, just like the Mayans said.

  12. hannsta - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    haha yess! Im deffinitly gonna watch the peoples elbow try his hand at acting. The worst part is I have a feeling that he might actually be good at it.

  13. dexterismyhero - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Friends with Nancy Grace? Did he hit that thang?

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