The Shotgun character is based on none other than arguably the most popular Wu member Method Man. Shotgun is a Staten Island native who works as an assistant manager at a concession stand near the Statue of Liberty. Prior to his Wu-Tang prime time, the Staten Island MC worked at the food concession stands for the Statue of Liberty. In a 2017 appearance on James Corden’s The Late Late Night Show, Meth detailed his experience working at the historic statue.
“I’ve actually never went inside the Statue, and I worked there for about five to six years,” Method Man responded. “You only get half an hour break, and if I went up in the Statue, I wouldn’t have any time to make it back down to get to work on time. And I needed time to either sleep — right? On my break — eat on my break or smoke.”
Wu-Tang: An American Saga is a 10-episode drama that will chronicle the wee beginnings of the Wu-Tang Clan in Staten Island, New York set in the early ’90s, amid the peak of the eighties trailing crack era. It will follow the quest of Bobby Diggs aka the RZA, played by Ashton Sanders, to accumulate twelve young black men who strive to fade away from the turbulent crime life and rise to fame through the art of rap.
Both RZA and Method Man serve as executive producers along with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. Peer members Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, GZA, and the estate of Ol’ Dirty Bastard are set as the consulting producers of the series.