In October 2006, Wesley Snipes was accused of tax fraud, with suggestions he withheld more than $15.9 million over the past 10 years through questionable accounting practices. If found guilty, he could face up to 16 years in prison. In November 2006, it was revealed he had reached an agreement with the IRS and agreed to pay back the money in return for permission to continue to work and travel overseas.
Many people have noticed the huge similarity between Wesley Snipes and Raven from Tekken 5. Sharing the same hair-doo and clothes from 2 of Wesleys big hit films. When Electronic Gaming Monthly asked if the similarities were intentional, Namco stated no, we simply just wanted "cool black guy."
Wesley practices Capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts.
Wesley Snipes has two children. A son named Jelani Asar Snipes, born in 1988, and a daughter named Iset Snipes, born in 2001.
Wesley's mother is named Marian.
Wesley was chosen by "People Magazine" as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1991.
Wesley is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Karate.
Wesley publicly blasted John Singleton for not casting him in the title role of the updated version of Shaft (2000). Snipes claims the film would have made twice its $60 million+ earnings had he been cast.
Wesley insisted that the role of "Mimi" (played by Ming-Na), his character's wife in the film One Night Stand (1997), be played by an Asian woman in order to "push the boundaries of racial-sexual taboos." Snipes' character, "Max", is a sucessful Black commercial director who has an extramarital affair with an attractive blonde (Natassja Kinski).
Wesley married Korean painter Nikki Park, who is the mother of his two youngest children, in March, 2003. Snipes spends a lot of time in Park's home country which he call his "second home."
In Wesley's big action film, Passenger 57(1992) you see him reading a book on the plane. The book is The Art of War which is the same title as a movie that he starred in years later, though unrelated to it.
Wesley has mastered numerous martial arts forms including the Brazillian street fighting form Capoeira.
Wesley's apartment was destroyed by the collapse of the World Trade Center's Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. He happened to have been delayed at the gym where he was working out, otherwise he would have been home at that moment.
Wesley is a fanatical music lover and collector. He owns more than 1,000 LPs and 4,000 CDs.
Wesley's father retired from United States Air Force Reserve's 315AW Charleston Air Force Base April 1998 with the rank of MSGT.
Wesley has the same birthday as Dean Cain, J.K. Rowling, Michael Klesic and Geoffrey Lewis.
Wesley's salary statistics:
Blade: Trinity (2004) $13,000,000
The Fan (1996) $7,000,000
Wesley Snipes: ( His advice to aspiring actors) They should be very versatile. Versatility is what's going to give them the longevity. The world is opening up and a lot more stories and a lot more interesting scenes to portray in film. Versatility will help them. They must be able to see the world, learn the world, and bring it to their craft.
Wesley Snipes: ( On why he loves the sport of boxing) I love the idea of the man to man, against one another. I like that. I don't know why.
Wesley Snipes: I never really planned on making action films. It just kind of happened. I've focused primarily on acting and developing characters, but that has blossomed into a whole new venue I'm still young and fit enough to do. My love is still drama, though. Even if I play a straight action guy, I want to give him some depth and substance.
Wesley Snipes: I have a great deal of fun playing Blade. The lifestyle of it, the controlled rebelliousness, is wonderful to me. And it's therapeutic, too. A role like this lets you vent.
Wesley Snipes: I used to do puppet theatre and also mime and musical theatre in Florida for competitions and festivals, which was great. I was very much involved in theatre when I was in college. It's funny because all I wanted to do when I was young was to become a dancer and then I went to acting school, where they taught me great drama! And that was it, I became an actor and the rhythm went through the door. But I can still do some dancing, some choreography in my films and that's cool.
Wesley is 5'10" (1.78 m) tall.
Wesley's grandmother is named Ruth Carter.
Wesley appeared in the Michael Jackson video for the song "Bad."
Wesley Snipes: Certain roles are more challenging than others, but I haven't come across one yet that I can't tackle.
Wesley Snipes: I read that Asian women were bedroom generals. Some people think that means they're great in bed, but that's not the issue. They're talking about a place where the man is at his most vulnerable, where they have the most control. They don't have to beat him over the head to mow the lawn. They can whisper it in his ear and give him a kiss on the cheek and it's no problem. That's a general.
Wesley Snipes: (On marriage) I don't understand the mandate of being together forever. The idea that you should do that is wrong. It makes us slaves to a societal mandate. You can still love, but it doesn't mean you have to be tethered to the flesh.
Wesley Snipes: Lot of the scripts I've been in with other non-white actors haven't been great. Lot of non-white actors ain't all that great.
Wesley: I have a whole other side that has yet to be seen on screen.
Wesley: In the beginning, all I wanted to do was to be a singer and a dancer. That was my real groove, my real interest. When it came to doing films, my biggest goal was to do a commercial.