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Will Smith To Play Cocaine Dealer Chef?

March 12th, 2007 9:00pm EDT favorite Add to My News
Will SmithWill Smith is in negotiations for another gritty real-life role - as a convicted drug dealer who turns his life around to become a top chef.

Movie bosses at Columbia have picked up the film rights to Las Vegas chef Jeff Henderson's memoir Cooked as a project for Smith's Overbrook Entertainment.

Smith is slated to star as Henderson, a one-time San Diego, California, cocaine dealer who discovered a passion for cooking in prison.

Now the Executive Chef at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Henderson had to convince Los Angeles area restaurant owners he would be a trustworthy and worthwhile addition to their kitchen teams upon his release from prison.

Smith, who started his film career with a series of comedic roles, has been selecting heavier fare of late.

He was Oscar nominated for his role in The Pursuit Of Happyness, in which he played Chris Gardner, a real-life single father who went from being homeless to running a high-profile stocks company.

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)


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