“Let Me Shut Up Before I Mess Up. I Don’t Want Amazon Calling Me”: Viola Davis Almost Blurts Out Unheard Details of Michael Jordan Movie

Published 04/01/2023, 12:57 PM EDT

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Ben Affleck’s new movie ‘Air,’ tells the story of the partnership between Nike and the then-rookie Michael Jordan, which revolutionized the world of sports and contemporary sneaker culture with the Air Jordan brand. The movie focuses on the people who were instrumental in the creation of the Air Jordan brand, including Deloris Jordan, Michael’s mother, a fierce advocate for her son, committed to ensuring his legacy. Meanwhile, popular actor Viola Davis, who plays the role of Deloris Jordan in the movie, almost got herself in trouble during a recent interview after inadvertently revealing some unheard details from the movie.

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Despite the fact that Michael Jordan doesn’t appear in the movie, his presence is felt through his family. Viola Davis’s portrayal of Deloris Jordan highlights her strength and determination to ensure her son’s success. The film also features a talented cast of actors, including Matt Damon, Jason Bateman, Chris Messina, Marlon Wayans, and Chris Tucker.

Viola Davis almost reveals unheard ‘Air’ details during Jimmy Kimmel interview

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Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s show to promote their new movie, Air. During the interview, Viola opened up about her experiences working on the film and her personal life as well. One of the first topics of discussion was Viola’s husband, Julius Tennon, and his role in the film. Incidentally, Viola and Julius have played the roles of Michael Jordan’s parents in the movie.

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Viola joked about calling him “George Jefferson,” a reference to the iconic character from the 1970s sitcom, The Jeffersons. She also spoke about their 20-year marriage, revealing that Julius’ birthday falls on December 24th. Meanwhile, Tennon revealed that the greatest compliment the couple received for their roles was from Sonny Vaccaro, who said that their characters closely resembled the Jordans.

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When asked about working with her husband on the film, Viola explained that it was the right dynamic for them. While trying to illustrate the dynamic, Davis got excited and proceeded to talk about a scene in the movie, before abruptly stopping herself.

 In her exact words, “Well you know what we’ve worked together a lot but this to me was the right Dynamic.  You know because you cut off the trailer but right after the trailer, I go in the backyard with Sonny… oh wait a minute I can’t reveal the movie right!  Well, no, let me not say anything. Let me shut up. I don’t want Amazon calling me.”

The Oscar-winning actress refrained from revealing the storyline because she didn’t want to get in trouble with Amazon, who are distributing the movie in their streaming platform.

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Read more: “Matt [Damon] and I Are Very Excited for Audiences to See Air…”: Michael Jordan and Nike’s $5 Billion Journey Getting on the Big Screen Enthuses Director Ben Affleck

Viola Davis talks about playing the part of the mother of Michael Jordan 

Viola Davis went on to discuss her role in Air. She spoke about meeting Michael Jordan and how he had specifically requested her to play his mother in the film. Davis praised Deloris Jordan as a fierce advocate for her son and an important representation of women in positions of power and influence.

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Throughout the interview, Viola also discussed her own accomplishments, including winning the coveted EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards). She also joked about her addiction to candy, confessing that she always keeps a stash of candy close by.

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Nivedita Dubey is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Nivedita has been following the NBA for a long time now and is deeply interested in the strategic intricacies of the sport. To hone her understanding of the inner workings of the game, she closely follows the analyses of popular NBA insiders and reporters like, Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania.
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