And while Depp has reportedly been cast to play McAfee in the upcoming flick The King of the Jungle, McAfee says Freeman would be a better choice because “his character closest matches mine.”
McAfee says he has nothing against Depp, but believes color-blind casting is the best way to ensure the film’s authenticity.
“I think Depp is as good as Javier Bardem, John Turturro, Mickey Rourke or Morgan Freeman [to play the part],” the computer virus software kingpin told Newsweek. “I am not joking about the latter. I pray for a time when the skin tone is not a factor in character choice. From what I know of Freeman, his character closest matches mine.”