Fans of classic 90s movies will surely remember when Michael Jordan teamed up with Bugs Bunny and friends to take up the fight against the Monstars in Space Jam, a monumental meeting that took place on the big screen 25 years ago today. Directed by Joe Pytka, the live-action / animation hybrid Jordan, who strayed from court for his greatest acting role, appeared as a fictional version of himself. To this day, it is still one of the greatest sports films ever.
While Jordan served as the main star, several other NBA stars were there to make special appearances, including Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Shawn Bradley, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues. As Looney Tunes characters, played the voice cast Billy West, Dee Bradley Baker, Danny DeVito, Kath Soucie and Bob Bergen. A contributing member who stood out was Bill Murray, who also played himself with Ghostbusters star even helps Jordan and Tune Squad win the big game.
“Well, I made the movie Space Jam with Michael Jordan, and people forget that I got the assist on the battle-winning basket. It’s so easy to forget, “Murray continued Jimmy Kimmel live last year. “I stole the ball. I made the pass. I got nothing! I was not even interviewed after.”
Murray then admitted he was working on it Space Jam was one of the best times he’s ever had when he even got to play a little basketball with NBA legends like Larry Bird and Michael Jordan. Space Jam Director Joe Pytka also talked about working with Jordan in an interview with the Los Angeles Times last year, suggesting that the Chicago Bulls superstar was pretty easy to work with as an actor.
“It was a great experience working with Michael,” Pytka said. “He’s just reached the opportunity. Whatever you would ask him to do, he came through with brilliance. He’s a gifted human being.”
Of the continuing popularity of Space Jam, Pytka added, “One of my friends sent me a picture of her 4-year-old son who saw it. She said she discovered it on Netflix and showed it to him. He now sees it every day. The French newspaper Le Monde said it was one of the best movies to watch during the pandemic because it makes people feel comfortable … Michael is just amazing. “
Its reviews were mixed at its first release, however Space Jam was a hit at the box office and developed a strong following in the following years, and served as one of the most effective films of the 90s. This has led to interest in Warner Bros. to make a sequel, but it has taken year after year for it to gain traction before it was finally released earlier this year. Space Jam: A New Legacy plays LeBron James in a role similar to Michael Jordan, teaming up with Bugs Bunny for a high-stakes basketball game.
For many fans of the original, there will be no topping the first one Space Jam. A special edition of Blu-ray released over the summer to celebrate its 25th anniversary is an easy purchase for especially big fans who want to rewatch the film at any time. You can also stream Space Jam on HBO Max.
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