Snoop Dogg’s love of HBO’s True Blood never landed him a role on the show, but a 2022 Netflix vampire movie more than makes up for it.
Snoop Dogg’s role on Netflix’s Day Shift pays homage to the rapper’s love for vampires, which he demonstrated through his True Blood tributes. Many famous rappers have entered the world of acting, and Snoop Dogg is no exception. Over the years, Snoop Dogg has had many memorable bit parts in movies, like in Training Day and Starsky & Hutch. He 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 really stands out. He first named the vampire series in his 2009 song “Gangsta Luv.” In 2010, Snoop Dogg dedicated an entire song, “Oh Sookie”, to Anna Paquin’s Sookie Stackhouse, the main character of True Blood. With extensive knowledge of the series reflected in the lyrics and music video, the door for a possible True Blood cameo was open. However, years passed and True Blood ended without Snoop’s appearance. Although, to the show’s credit, it would have been shocking to see such a prominent celebrity appear casually at Bon Temps.
More than a decade after the True Blood finale, Snoop Dogg stars in the Netflix vampire flick Day Shift alongside Jamie Foxx and Dave Franco. Although Day Shift is not connected to True Blood, and although Snoop Dogg plays a vampire hunter and not a vampire (as far as the trailer suggests), Day Shift makes up for Snoop Dogg’s absence in the HBO series. What’s even better, his role in Day Shift is way bigger than any cameo True Blood could have given him.
Snoop Dogg’s Vampire Love Explained
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 Bill Compton by Stephen Moyer: “Bill ain’t for real / That ain’t real blood,” and Sam Merlotte by Sam Trammell: “Sam ain’t a man he turned into an ab*tch. In the music video, Snoop Dogg walks into Merlotte’s Bar and Grill (where Sookie works as a waitress) in a car decorated with a license plate that reads “Tru Pimp” and garlic cloves on the rearview mirror. Snoop Dogg also wears a gold “Sookie” chain throughout the video, which shows various True Blood characters in the background as Snoop declares his love for the telepath.
“Oh Sookie” could be seen as a product of Snoop Dogg’s fixation with Sookie Stackhouse, but the rapper’s interest in the supernatural goes back further. Snoop Dogg starred in the 2001 movie Bones, where he played titular player-turned-ghost Jimmy Bones, who seeks revenge for his own death. Before that, Snoop Dogg portrayed a vigilante pastor who takes justice into his own hands in the 1999 film Urban Menace – a role that foreshadowed his vampire hunting skills in 2022’s Day Shift. Clearly, this kind of role was expected. since a long time.
With part of the John Wick crew behind the film and promising performances from Jamie Foxx, Dave Franco, and Snoop Dogg, there’s a chance Day Shift will spawn a franchise. Sequels, prequels, and (why not) even a spin-off 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. Although he won’t be meeting Sookie Stackhouse anytime soon, he could be a vampire worthy of “Tru Blood.”
- Day Shift (2022)Release Date: Aug 12, 2022