Usually actors play athletes in movies but here are some movies with actual professional athletes who made it to the big screen by portraying their real life jobs being athletes.
Space Jam is a 1996 film about basketball starring real life basketball legend Michael Jordan. In the film Michael plays the role of a retired basketball player who wants to begin a career in baseball as it was his father’s dream. Michael is brought in to the animated world by the Looney Tunes to help them win a basketball game and earn their freedom. Also other professionals ball players like Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing made an appearance. The film did exceptionally well in the box office even with the mixed reviews it got, I guess having Michael Jordan worked.
He Got Game
He got game is another basketball film with the main character portrayed by a real life professional ball player Ray Allen alongside legendary actor Denzel Washington. The film was released back in 1998. In the movie Ray Allen portrays the character of Jesus shuttlesworth, a top high school player being persuaded by the top college basketball programmes in the country. His father (D. Washington) is a convicted felon who is temporary released from prison by the governor so that he can persuade his son to sign with the governor’s college in exchange for an early release.
I quite enjoyed this film, it had substance so I do recommend it.
In Like Mike the main character is not and never was a professional athlete however professional ball players and even reporters do make an appearance. Calvin (bow wow) is an orphaned young boy who idolizes Michael Jordan and he wishes to be Like Mike, one day at the orphanage he receives Jordan’s old Nike sneakers and believes they will make him play like Mike . Athletes that makes an appearance include Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Steve Nash, Chris Webber, Michael Finley and others.
The Longest Yard
The Longest Yard is a 2005 remake of the 1974 film of the same name about American football. It is a prison comedy film that features retired professional American football players like Terry Crews, Michael Irvin, Brian Bosworth and Bill Romanowski. It also stars pro WWE wrestlers Bill Goldberg, Kevin Nash, stone Cold Steve Austin and Dalip Singh Rana (The Great Khali). This movie is pretty funny.
All the movies here I quite enjoy even I think I went a little overboard with Like Mike and Space Jam as a kid and right now I am good with it, the other films I can still watch.
Please share with me films you enjoy that feature athletes, thank you.
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