Oscar Winner Brendan Fraser Once Spoofed Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman in a Lesser Known Hollywood Movie

Published 03/13/2023, 6:50 AM EDT

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The Mummy franchise star Brendan Fraser won his first Oscar at the 95th Academy Awards on Sunday. He won the prestigious Best Actor award for the latest Darren Aronofsky drama, The Whale, touted to be Fraser’s comeback movie. Apart from his popular films, NBA fans recently unearthed a hidden gem in the star’s filmography. The Canadian-American actor starred in a lesser-known film as a basketball player in 2000. Moreover, he spoofed the Chicago Bulls legends Dennis Rodman and Michael Jordan in a particular scene.  

The Bulls team from the 90s era attained global popularity and eventually solidified a place in American pop culture. The dream trio of the Bulls, MJ, Rodman, and Scottie Pippen became household names with their popularity. Additionally, the trio has acted in several films as well. 


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Hilarious Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman impressions

In the fantasy/comedy film Bedazzled, Brendan Fraser played an awkward IT employee named Eliot Richards. In a surprising turn of events, Richards gets seven wishes from the Devil to impress his crush. Using one of the wishes, he turns into a 7ft basketball player. Moreover, in one particular scene, Richards transforms into Dennis Rodman and then Michael Jordan for a few seconds.

Sporting the classic Dennis Rodman outfits which include glossy pink pants and a coat with the iconic bull nose ring.


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Meanwhile, when he transformed into Jordan, he donned the popular MJ leather jacket and went for his classic handshake while uttering, “Yeah,” in MJ’s tone. Notably, Air Jordan and Rodman have acted in multiple Hollywood films during and after their retirement. Space Jam is one of the most popular films starring that stars Jordan.

NBA stars in Hollywood films

NBA and Hollywood often go hand-in-hand in American pop culture. On a rare occasion, the Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant even won an Oscar for his legendary animation short film Dear Basketball. Apart from Bryant, Worm, and Jordan, there are several NBA stars who have tried their luck at the movies. Notably, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Shaquille O’Neal, and LeBron James have their own feature-length films.


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Shahul Hameed

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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and has previously worked as a contributor at an online news site. Shahul has always shared a keen interest in journalism, starting off as a reporter for his college news journal.

Edited By: Jayant Chhabra