John Early and Chelsea Peretti

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Chelsea Peretti, John Early offer to make this Jake Paul mess into a movie

That's one way to get a biopic.


Christine Friar


Published Nov 17, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 10:50 am CDT

Jake Paul certainly found one route to a biopic.

In 2017, the YouTuber has come to represent a specific kind of social media douchebag: His headlines alternate back and forth between messages for his “haters” and complaints from Los Angeles neighbors getting tired of his pranks—like that one guy in your high school class who lost field trip privileges for the whole grade. Recently, when accused of bullying by fellow YouTubers the Martinez twins, Paul chalked it up to a “language barrier.”

His hijinks have reached such a pitch that he’s attracted not one, but two famous comedians who want to make a movie out of his story. Standup and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Chelsea Peretti apparently caught Paul’s apology videos earlier this week and couldn’t help but feel inspired to direct “the Jake Paul bio pic.” She took to Twitter late Wednesday to pitch her idea:

In addition to offering her director’s eye, Peretti also suggested casting John Early (Search Party) as her perfect Paul. “WUD LIKE TO MOUSSE UP [JOHN’S] HAIR TIL ITS CRISPY AND COACH HIM ON THIS MONOLOGUE FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK, THEN PUT IT ON TAPE AND SUBMIT IT TO MYSELF THEN HIRE HIM,” she joked.

Early has multiple characters in his arsenal that make him a good fit for the part: his GOP fanboy character graduated from his standup to the Tonight Show just this year, and his episode of Netflix‘s The Characters also featured a very… specific type of teenage boy.

Luckily for fans, it looks like he’s excited about the idea too. Thursday evening, he tweeted a link to an article and included the caption: “I’m down.”

This wouldn’t be the first movie cast via enthusiastic tweets. Earlier this year, Lupita Nyong’o, Issa Rae, Rihanna, and Ava DuVernay all agreed to create a Black ladies version of Ocean’s 11 after a tweet about an old 2014 Fashion Week photo went viral.

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*First Published: Nov 17, 2017, 9:48 am CST