PBS’ hit TV drama Downton Abbey recently cast Gary Carr, its first African-American actor, but Diddy, who is a self-proclaimed “Abbey-head,” argues that he in fact has already earned that recognition.
In a parody posted on the comedy video website Funny or Die, Diddy says: “It was reported that they have cast the first black cast-member on Downton Abbey. The only problem is that I have already broken down that barrier. I’m making the announcement, I’m the first black cast member on Downton Abbey…and I got the scenes to prove it.”
What follows is a series of clips showing Diddy playing the faux character of Lord Wolcott, the new owner of Downton Abbey.
Diddy, who appears superimposed in actual scenes from the show, is seen interacting with some of the characters to hilarious effect — and at one point, he even presents a platter of Ciroc (the Vodka he sponsors).
However, PBS spokeswoman Carrie Johnson told Reuters that Diddy’s “appearance” on Downton Abbey is just a joke.
That was until the show’s creator, Julian Fellowes, saw Diddy’s homage.
“I absolutely adored it, but I just couldn’t see how he could have done it,” he told The Telegraph.
Fellowes admits that he has considered casting the star in a role on the show.
“I’d never say never, though I imagine he’d steal the scene, even if it was a small part.”
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