Storytime: Space Jam Extra Talks About Michael Jordan Trash Talking & Telling Him To “Get The F*@# Off The Court”
Have you ever heard of actor Keith Gibbs? Probably not, but he’s the white guy in the pic above and he’s played with everybody from Shaq to Michael Jordan to a bunch of skinheads. Gibbs is the go-to actor in Hollywood when it comes to basketball movies and Grantland recently did a great interview with him about his resume which includes everything from Blue Chips to American History X to Rebound to BASEketball to Space Jam. But it’s his work with MJ in Space Jam that produced the greatest story.
Did Jordan trash-talk you?
Oh yeah, nonstop. [Laughs.]
He didn’t give a shit who you were. When I was doing Space Jam, we played three days. I thought it was over. I had to go out of town. I get a phone call, they’re like, “Why aren’t you here?” I was like, “Oh, they’re still playing?” I had no idea.
I walk in, and it’s Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, Alonzo Mourning, Charles Oakley. Grant Hill shows up. Jerry Stackhouse shows up. Now, all of a sudden it’s an NBA All-Star pickup game. Every night. I did that for about a month and a half, two months. Then the UCLA kids came in, and they had just won a national title — Ed O’Bannon and those guys. Just phenomenal. Best pickup games I’ve ever been a part of. It was unreal.
Yeah, so Jordan … I had to guard Reggie Miller and Michael Jordan in back-to-back games. It was so bad. I was friends with Chris Mills and Tracy Murray — we had been to some camps together. One play, I got switched onto Jordan, because Chris was like, “Keith, you take him.” Jordan hit a 35-footer on me. I mean, it was ridiculous: leg out, tongue out, all that stuff … hit a 35-footer on me and goes, “GET THE FUCK OFF THE COURT.”
Although Space Jam is loved by many hoop fans and rumors of a sequel with LeBron keep popping up, Michael Jordan actually hated making the movie. Thankfully it only took up 8 weeks of Summer and was a box office success. It’s $230 million gross is almost 100 million more than any other film starring a basketball player and it made more on opening day than Kevin Durant’s Thunderstruck made ($587k) during it’s entire theatrical run.