Actors Jamie Foxx and Tyler Perry are being sued by a man serving time in Oklahoma for ten bank robberies who alleges that the Hollywood heavyweights stole his idea. Shamont Lyle Sapp says that he gave Foxx and Perry the idea for an upcoming movie called Skank Robbers, slated to star Foxx and comedic actor Martin Lawrence.
The film is a vehicle for two long-defunct television 'drag' characters from Lawrence and Foxx's earlier days; Foxx's ugly girl 'Wanda' from sketch comedy hit "In Living Color," and Martin Lawrence's hoodrat character 'Shenehneh' from his sitcom "Martin." Perry allegedly also is expected to make a cameo as his infamous sassy granny character 'Madea.'
Sapp claims he had the idea to unite the three characters in movie, but, according to TMZ, his version was a drama about a mental hospital.
"A male white mental patient takes Madea hostage," the suit says, outlining Sapp's version. "He deals with phone calls from the negotiators, as Madea actually pleads for her life in a very sad tear-jerking way ... Her pleas are to be very sad. No jokes at all."
TMZ reports that Sapp is also suing Fox and producer David Zuckerman for $4 million in damages.
Good luck, buddy.