Snoop Dogg’s role in Netflix’s Day Shift honors the rapper’s love for vampires, which he demonstrated through his tributes toward True Blood. Many famous rappers have dabbled in the world of acting, and Snoop Dogg is no exception. Throughout the years, Snoop Dogg has had many memorable small roles in movies, such as in Training Day and Starsky & Hutch. He has starred in stoner comedies such as Mac & Devin Go To High School, and he even appeared in video games such as Def Jam: Fight for NY and Call of Duty: Warzone.
Among Snoop Dogg’s varied interests, True Blood truly stands out. He first namedropped the vampire series in his 2009 song “Gangsta Luv.” In 2010, Snoop Dogg dedicated a full song, “Oh Sookie,” to Anna Paquin’s Sookie Stackhouse, the main character in True Blood. With deep knowledge of the show reflected in the lyrics and the music video, the door for a possible True Blood cameo was open. However, the years went by and True Blood ended without Snoop’s appearance. Although, to the show’s credit, it would have been jarring to see such a major celebrity casually pop up in Bon Temps.
More than a decade after True Blood‘s finale, Snoop Dogg is starring in Netflix’s vampire movie Day Shift alongside Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco. Although Day Shift isn’t connected to True Blood, and although Snoop Dogg is playing a vampire hunter and not a vampire (as far as the trailer makes it seem), Day Shift is making up for Snoop Dogg’s absence in the HBO series. What’s even better, his role in Day Shift is much bigger than any cameo True Blood could have ever given him.
Snoop Dogg demonstrates an intense passion for True Blood in “Oh Sookie.” He flirts with Anna Paquin’s Sookie and Rutina Wesley’s Tara Thornton while he throws shade at Alexander Skarsgård’s Eric Northman: “Won’t trick you like Eric / And make you drink blood,” as well as Stephen Moyer’s Bill Compton: “Bill ain’t for real / He ain’t true blood,” and Sam Trammell’s Sam Merlotte: “Sam ain’t a man he done turned into a b*tch.” In the music video, Snoop Dogg pulls into Merlotte’s Bar and Grill (where Sookie works as a waitress) in a car that’s decorated with a license plate that reads “Tru Pimp” and cloves of garlic on the rearview mirror. Snoop Dogg also wears a “Sookie” gold chain throughout the video, which shows various True Blood characters in the background while Snoop declares his love for the telepath.
“Oh Sookie” could be written off as a product of Snoop Dogg’s fixation with Sookie Stackhouse, but the rapper’s interest in the supernatural dates further back. Snoop Dogg starred in the 2001 movie Bones, where he played the titular gambler-turned-ghost Jimmy Bones, who seeks revenge for his own death. Before that, Snoop Dogg portrayed a pastor vigilante who takes justice into his own hands in the 1999 movie Urban Menace — a role that foreshadowed his vampire-hunting skills in 2022’s Day Shift. Clearly, this kind of role was long overdue.
With part of the John Wick team behind the movie and promising performances by Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, and Snoop Dogg, there’s a chance Day Shift will spawn a franchise. Sequels, prequels, and (why not) even a spinoff focused on Snoop Dogg’s vampire hunter. Perhaps Snoop Dogg’s Day Shift character will transform into a Blade-like vampire anti-hero before the sequel. While he won’t meet Sookie Stackhouse anytime soon, he could be a vampire worthy of “Tru Blood.”
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