Silver Screen Artists

5 NBA Ballers who Landed Major Movie Roles!

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They went through the ranks...most went through college...were scouted and eventually made their way to the professional hardwood..so was it their B-ball prowess that brought some of them to the silverscreen? Or is their some real acting talent? You be the judge!

~Pro ballers who appeared on Hollywood's big screen!~

Dennis "the Worm" Rodman...The Worm has appeared in several motion pictures...some as a leading role...some as "himself"! His first movie was DOUBLE TEAM...With JEAN CLAUDE and MICKEY ROURKE!  Double Team is a 1997 American action comedy film directed by Tsui Hark in his American directorial debut and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman and Mickey Rourke. Van Damme plays counter-terrorist agent Jack Quinn, who is assigned to bring an elusive terrorist known as Stavros to justice. Things become personal when Stavros kidnaps Quinn's pregnant wife after his own lover and child were killed in an assassination attempt that went awry. Aiding Quinn in his rescue is his flamboyant weapons dealer Yaz (Dennis Rodman).

What's your opinion on his acting skills? 

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Shaquille O'Neal is known as one of the most dominant athletes of all time...overcoming countless adversities! He has a pretty big list of movie appearances...his first, of course, was BLUE CHIPS where he starred as NEON! Blue Chips is a 1994 basketball drama film, directed by William Friedkin, written by Ron Shelton and starring Nick Nolte as a college coach and real-life basketball stars Shaquille O'Neal and Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway as talented finds. It features cameos from noted basketball figures Bob Knight, Rick Pitino, Nolan Richardson, Bob Cousy, Larry Bird, Jerry Tarkanian, Matt Painter, Allan Houston, Dick Vitale and Jim Boeheim, as well as Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr.

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John "the Spider" Salley... The Spider was part of the original Detreoit Pistons' BAD BOYS along with Dennis Rodman! Salley's acting resume includes both of the BAD BOYS movies and in 1996 he was with Whoopi Goldberg in Eddie! Eddie is a 1996 comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Langella. The film barely broke even at the box office, grossing $31,387,164 in the US. The film was directed by Steve Rash.

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Ray Allen... The NBA's record holder for 3 pointers and 2 time NBA champion (with the Celtics and Heat) has also heated up the big screen opposite Denzel Washington in the hit basketball drama from 1998 HE GOT GAME... He Got Game is a 1998 American sports drama film written, produced and directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington. This is the third of four film collaborations between Washington and Lee. Washington portrays Jake Shuttlesworth, father of the top-ranked basketball prospect in the country, Jesus Shuttlesworth, played by NBA star Ray Allen. Jake, in prison for killing his wife, is released on parole for a week by the state's governor to persuade his son to play for the governor's alma mater, in exchange for a much reduced prison sentence.

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And, of course, we couldn't leave out Michael Jordan...his work on the court doesn't need an introduction and on the silverscreen? Well his gravity defying out-of-this-world moves in SPACE JAM (1996) are second to none! Space Jam is a 1996 American live-action-animated sports comedy film starring basketball player Michael Jordan and featuring the Looney Tunes cartoon characters. The film was produced by Ivan Reitman, and directed by Joe Pytka, with Tony Cervone and Bruce W. Smith directing the animation. Nigel Miguel was a basketball technical advisor. Released theatrically by Warner Bros. under the Family Entertainment label on November 15, 1996, the film tells a fictional alternate history of what happened between Jordan's initial retirement from the NBA in 1993 and his comeback in 1995, in which he becomes embroiled in events involving Bugs Bunny and his friends. Space Jam opened at No. 1 in the US and grossed over $230 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing basketball film of all-time.

 

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~So what say you? Are these pro ballers gifted with a script or should they stick to the hardwood????

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