‘Wish I Was the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’: LeBron James Opens Up About What Inspired Him to Star in Movies

Published 07/15/2021, 10:30 AM EDT


Lakers’ LeBron James is making headlines these days with his new film Space Jam: A New Legacy released on July 14. The sequel is surrounded by immense hype after Michael Jordan’s 1996 Space Jam set the stage.

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The movie, directed by Malcolm D. Lee, is a fancy affair with LeBron James and the Looney Tunes starring in its lead. Several NBA players are making an appearance in the film including Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, and others.

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LeBron James was recently witnessed at the official release of the film. The King is ruling on and off the court and his fans are more than excited. In a conversation on the ‘Smarless’ podcast, LeBron went on to narrate how he drew inspiration from the world of entertainment.

Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) exults after receiving his championship ring during an on court ceremony at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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“When I was a kid, not only was the inspiration coming from my sports figures, it was also coming from TV shows that I was watching. I always felt like, I wish I was the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air like I wish I was the Fresh Prince of Akron Ohio… I wish at times just being in certain movies, like action movies … The passion of watching that and seeing that,” the 2020 champion further added. “Being a kid, just trying to find any inspiration. That’s where it kinda came from. And I’ve always respected that.”

Space Jam 2 is the right thing for LeBron after the 2021 postseason

Well, the Akron boy has become a film star today. And his childhood dream is becoming a reality.

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LeBron James went through a rough season this year with injuries and fluctuating performances. His postseason run ended earlier than expected in the first round against the Phoenix Suns. However, the Lakers will be pushing to make a comeback next summer. For now, LeBron is busy with his film promotions and the spotlight is on him to continue Michael Jordan’s legacy with Space Jam 2.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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