You know the old adage. Actors would love to be professional athletes and those same athletes would jump at the chance to star on the big screen. Sports stars are often seen making cameo appearances on a variety of TV shows or movies, but for obvious reasons only a rare group of them are able to successfully make a full-time transition into entertainment.
Hopefully you’ve seen He Got Game. Denzel Washington. Spike Lee. And Ray Allen. Not only was it a spectacular movie, but Jesus held his own with some big heavyweights, helping to give his character an emotional depth that was necessary in a movie that dealt with so many personal and deeply-embedded issues. He’s not the only athlete to successfully make the transition to the big screen. There was Dan Marino in Ace Ventura. There was Michael Jordan, who starred in Space Jam, the highest-grossing selling sports movie of all time. Of course, we have the Rock too, who played football back in the day before eventually becoming one of the biggest and baddest actors in Hollywood.
In the end, both roles are in the limelight, in part because of talent but also because of charisma and swagger. To pull off either one — play professional sports or act in movies — you need a whole lot of confidence.
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