The True Story cast features Kevin Hart, Wesley Snipes and Tawny Newsome. This info article contains minor spoilers for Eric Newman’s 2021 Netflix miniseries. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
True Story follows an American movie star, Kid, who hires a professional fixer to cover up a woman’s death. The comedian conspires with his brother, Carlton, and attempts to avoid bad press after upsetting a loyal fan. Meanwhile, a group of Greek mobsters investigate the disappearance of a friend who met with Kid at a Philadelphia hotel. Here’s every main player in True Story, a seven-episode thriller about fame, fandom and accountability.
True Story Cast: Kevin Hart as Kid
Character Profile: A movie star from Philadelphia. He attempts to cover up a woman’s overdose death and then kills his personal fixer. Kid conspires with his brother while attempting to please an obsessed fan.
Hart’s Resume: A Popular Stand-Up Comedian — Also, Dante Slate, Jr. in Grudge Match (2013), Ben Barber in Ride Along (2014), Calvin Joyner in Central Intelligence (2016), Matt Logelin in Fatherhood (2021)
True Story Cast: Wesley Snipes as Carlton
Character Profile: Kid’s brother. He’s a former football star who asks for favors from his brother. Carlton finds trouble after forming a business relationship with Greek mobsters.
Snipes’ Resume: Willie Mays Hayes in Major League (1989), Nino Brown in New Jack City (1991), Sidney Deane in White Men Can’t Jump (1992), Blade in Blade (1998), General Izzi in Coming 2 America (2021)
True Story Cast: Tawny Newsome as Billie
Character Profile: Kid’s creative collaborator who was discovered on YouTube. She intends to work with Will Ferrell on an upcoming project. Billie forms a sexual relationship with Kid’s bodyguard.
Newsome’s Resume: Chelsea Leight-Leigh in Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ (2016-19), Gabby Taylor in Brockmire (2019), Captain Angela Ali in Space Force (2020), Ensign Beckett Mariner in Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020-), Brooke in Vacation Friends (2021)
True Story Cast: William Catlett as Herschel
Character Profile: Kid’s bodyguard. He follows orders but keeps a close eye on his boss’ inner circle of friends. Herschel clashes with Kid due to his relationship with Billie.
Catlett’s Resume: Mike in That Guy (2012-15), Flip in Giants (2017-18), Lala in Black Lightning (2018-), Rivers in Charm City Kings (2020), Verton Freeman in Lovecraft Country (2020)
True Story Cast: Paul Adelstein as Todd
Character Profile: Kid’s manager. He arranges for a starring role in a sequel for “Anti-Verse.” Todd doesn’t seem to know much about Kid’s personal life.
Adelstein’s Resume: Wrigley in Intolerable Cruelty (2003), Paul Kellerman in Prison Break (2005-17), Leo Bergen in Scandal (2013-17), Jake in Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (2014-18), David Sweetzer in I Feel Bad (2018)
True Story Cast: Theo Rossi as Gene
Character Profile: Kid’s #1 fan. He captures video of his favorite celebrity dumping a dead body. Gene stays quiet when Kid allows him to hang out and grow his Instagram following.
Rossi’s Resume: Stan Giamatti in Grey’s Anatomy (2007), Antonio in Cloverfield (2008), Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz in Sons of Anarchy (2008-14), Hernan “Shades” Alvarez in Luke Cage (2016-18), Burt Cummings in Army of the Dead (2021)
True Story Cast: Chris Diamantopoulos as Savvas
Character Profile: A Greek mobster. He is Carlton’s silent partner for a restaurant business. Savvas investigates the disappearance of his friend, Ari.
Diamantopoulos’ Resume: Robin Williams in Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy (2005), Moe in The Three Stooges (2012), Russ Hanneman in Silicon Valley (2015-19), Robots in Inside Job (2021), Sotto Voce in Red Notice (2021)
True Story Cast: Billy Zane as Ari
Character Profile: A Greek “fixer.” He demands $6 million from Kid to cover up the death of a young woman. Ari gets murdered in the first episode after repeatedly clashing with Hart’s character.
Zane’s Resume: Match in Back to the Future Part II (1989), The Phantom/Kit Walker in The Phantom (1996), Cal Hockley in Titanic (1997), Stan Gutterie in Guilt (2016), Enos Queeth in MacGruber (2021)
The True Story cast also includes Lauren London (ATL, The Game), John Ales (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Euphoria), Michael James Bell (The Politician, For All Mankind), Ash Santos (Joe Bell, Night Teeth) and Avery Kidd Waddell (The New Guy, Fast & Furious Spy Racers).
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