Ray Allen refused to speak with or participate in Spike Lee’s short film version of “He Got Game”
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Spike Lee gave Ray Allen the lead part in his 1998 film “He Got Game” that opened up #1 at the box office and remains a favorite among basketball fans, but in the words of Janet Jackson “What have you done for me lately.”
Last year the filmmaker/Knick fanatic was asked about the Heat and he replied “I do not want the Heat to win back-to-back, hell no!”
So last night when Spike wanted to talk to the man that played Jesus Shuttlesworth along with some other members of the Heat about making a short film version of “He Got Game (watch full movie above),” he was faced with more rejection than his last film “Red Hook Summer.”
Back in 2005, I made a 11 minute short version of He Got Game called the King James version (referencing the bible and LeBron’s nickname) replacing Ray Allen with LeBron James while keeping the audio the same. I also spliced in footage from a LeBron Nike commercial and the Jesus Walks video. Hope you enjoy it and keep in mind this was made 8 years ago.
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I can’t talk about He Got Game without showing the beautiful opening of the film shot by 90’s video director Malik Haasan Sayeed and featuring the music of AAron Copland.
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