''The Wash'' actor/producer says he's planning to make the No Doubt singer the Bonnie to his Clyde

By Liane Bonin
Updated November 20, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani
Credit: Snoop Dog: Robert Millard/ZUMA Press

Even with three movies in theaters — ”Training Day,” ”Bones,” and ”The Wash” — Snoop Dogg is already looking ahead to his next project, a Bonnie and Clyde adventure about a petty criminal and a cop’s daughter who fall in love and set off on an interstate crime spree. But don’t expect to see Halle Berry or Vivica Fox as Snoop’s squeeze in ”Lady T and Mojo Slim” (written by ”Romeo Must Die”’s Eric Bernt). Instead, the 30-year-old rapper-turned-actor/producer (whose real name is Calvin Broadus) wants to woo No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani.

”I’m looking at Gwen because the character has to be like Marilyn Monroe,” Dogg says, adding that the film is a 1960s period piece. ”She’s the woman I see in my mind, and I think she can do it.” Although Stefani’s only feature film experience is a cameo playing herself in Ben Stiller’s ”Zoolander,” she has established herself as a leading lady to the anti-Britney set with her recent video pairings with Moby and Eve.

But will audiences who thrill to three minutes of golden-tressed Gwen on MTV pay to watch her take a two-hour ride with the Dogg? Not according to one film industry expert. ”The likelihood is slim and none for that movie doing well,” says Adam Farasati, box office analyst for ReelSource. ”Success on the Billboard charts has nothing to do with success at the box office, and actually seems to work in inverse proportion.” ‘N Sync’s Lance Bass (”On the Line”), Mariah Carey (”Glitter”), and Snoop himself (”Bones”) are just a few of the musicians who’ve recently hit sour notes on the big screen.

”People don’t like to see their favorite musicians outside of their medium,” explains Farasati. ”And what’s hip and cool in music is subject to change quickly, so by the time a movie is in theaters the stars aren’t cool anymore or the demographic has shifted and studios don’t know who to market to.”

While Stefani’s reps declined comment, we imagine they’re at least pleased that Snoop is eyeing the singer for ”Lady T” and not another one of his projects: the follow up to his hardcore porn movie ”Doggystyle.”