It's only appropriate that I trot former ice cold undercover cop Rico (Suav-ay) Tubbs out of the closet before Jamie Foxx busts on the scene and makes everyone forget about the man who played the original Rico Tubbs in Miami Vice - Phillip Michael Thomas. PMT came to my attention recently when I caught some jibber jabber about him finally getting his life back together after working out some finacial shenanigans and fathering twelve kids. Hold up - *twelve* kids!?? Dang Rico! Even 2 Live Crew (y'all old schoolers tap that link and check out that 'Nasty As You Want to Be' cover art - what ever happened to those progressive brothers??) knew to 'wrap that rascal' *sometimes*, man! Just when I was ready to give Evander (and his ten kids) the prize, the spotlight catches Rico doing the grown up in every cabana in South Beach...
Okay - I might just be hatin' since PMT was *the* mack daddy back in the day. You know he was pulling major women during Miami Vice's hay day and he kicked some tight suits. He was Diddy and Jay-Z before Diddy was a Bad Boy and Jay-Z was Hova, jack. I loved that show too with cool a$$ Lt. Castillo and my girl Olivia Brown kicking the gat as Det. Trudy Joplin. You knew Miami Vice was a different type of show the minute it hit the air and it made South Beach the spot every homey wanted to get to because the scenery was off the hook - starting with Olivia. I haven't seen too much of old girl since then but she clearly left an impression on ol Tyrone if I'm still tripping on old girl twenty years later!
I'm happy to see that the casting director on the Miami Vice movie set didn't drop the ball and tapped UK shorty Naomi Harris to reprise the role. Y'all regular readers should remember a vintage post I dropped on Naomie after I checked her out in that Selma Hayek vehicle After The Sunset (for a reminder of Selma feel free to check out the reason I called After The Sunset a 'Selma Hayek'vehicle'...). Seems Naomie has been keeping herself busy these days. She's wrapped Vice and the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (Dead Man's Chest) and is currently filming the third (daaaang Disney! Talking about milking a cash cow - ease up, y'all!). Anyway, it's nice to see some fresh southside faces around even though you know Halle Berry's fingerprints have to be all over the scripts Naomie's reading...
Anyway - back on Vice for a minute. You know if PMT's Rico Tubbs had to hire a valet service to manage all the cars of the women he had falling through *his* crib, Jamie Foxx's Rico Tubbs probably set up a holding area inside Pro Player Stadium to handle his overflow. Here's a glossy of Jamie kicking it at Nikki Beach (located at the southern tip of South Beach) during filming. That joint's dubbed the 'Sexiest Place on Earth' (tho I'm sure Ipanema Beach in Rio will dispute that title...). It's a wonder there's any of South Beach left after Jamie and his crew pulled up stakes and headed to their next movie set (Dreamgirls, y'all). Those cats are living the life right about now. If y'all happen to peep an ad in the paper where Jamie is interviewing for new entourage members (cuz I know his regular rotation has *got* to be wearing down) - don't be tight - give a brother a shout out!