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“Will Smith Should Be MJ”: NBA Fans React as Michael Jordan Refuses Millionaire Hollywood Actor a Biopic Role Request

Published 05/25/2022, 12:07 AM EDT

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‘The Last Dance,’ a documentary on the Chicago Bulls’ 1998 win, became a massive hit on Netflix. After that, the speculations about having a Michael Jordan documentary started making rounds. Recently, Idris Elba revealed that Michael Jordan denied his request to play him in a biopic. He said:

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I even said to him one time, ‘I want to play you,.’ He was like, ‘Hm, I’m not ready yet.’ That’s what he said, ‘I’m not ready yet.’ … I was dead serious.


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Amidst all this, many fans believe that if someone should get a chance to play Jordan, it should be Will Smith. The duo shares several similarities and has a great bond. 

Why Idris Elba is not the right choice?

It might hurt to admit, but Idris Elba does not resemble Michael Jordan. While both are black, that can’t be the sole reason Idris believes he could fit in Jordan’s shoes. 

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Fans believe that Idris’s foreign accent would not be able to resemble Michael’s southern Wilmington accent.


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Fans also pointed out how Michael Jordan is a highly charismatic man who radiates energy wherever he is. While Idris has a more calm and composed vibe to him. 

Why do fans see Will Smith as MJ?

Both MJ and Will Smith have had quite an extensive career. They both have also been involved in several controversies and this could give Smith the insight needed to play Jordan.


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It also won’t be wrong to assume that any person willing to play Jordan would have to be extremely fit and have the ability to get all the attention when they enter the room. The person who fits this description is surely Will Smith. 


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There is no specific date when the documentary on Michael Jordan will be out or if it is even in the process right now. But whenever it will go on the floor, it would be very exciting to see who MJ approves of playing him.

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