LeBron James already had a case as the greatest basketball player of all time when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, but that hasn’t stopped him from padding his resume with some of the best basketball of his career over the past six years. Last season, he broke the NBA’s all-time scoring record. He has averaged 27.3 points per game as a Laker, higher than his figures with the Miami Heat (26.9) or Cleveland Cavaliers (27.2). In 2020, he won his fourth NBA championship, bringing the Lakers into a 17-17 all-time tie with their eternal rivals, the Boston Celtics. He’s been so good that you could almost forgot that when he moved to Los Angeles, one of the narratives surrounding that decision was that James made it largely to facilitate a future career in Hollywood.
Well… you might have forgotten… but James certainly hasn’t. On Saturday, he posted a screenshot of his statistics in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Instagram with the caption “But I just came here to make movies though! Ain’t that what y’all said right!?!?” After Sunday’s win over the Houston Rockets, James addressed the post by saying “sometimes you need to remind people. So that’s what it was.”
James has certainly lived up to his end of the basketball bargain in Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean he’s ignored his filmmaking ambitions either. So in light of the narrative that James himself resuscitated, it’s worth asking: has LeBron’s Hollywood output changed since he physically moved to Los Angeles? The answer is yes and no, but mostly no.
Let’s start with the obvious. Despite living in the filmmaking capital of the world, James really hasn’t been featured in more projects as an actor. His IMDB page lists 27 credits as an actor. We’re immediately going to cut out seven of them for being ads or listings that directly stemmed from his basketball duties. That leaves us with 20 projects. Here’s how they fall in terms of time:
James has appeared in seven scripted TV shows. All seven came before he joined the Lakers. They were appearances on The…
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Author : Sam Quinn
Publish date : 2023-11-21 15:21:23
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