Mostly, when you ask basketball players to carry a movie, you get what you would get by asking actors to carry a basketball game. Shaq and Penny Hardaway starred in “Blue Chips,” which was mostly forgettable.
So what to do with Durant?
I assume he'll be a basketball player. Seems a little thin for NFL quarterback, a little tall for Kentucky Derby jockey.
Comedy or drama? I'd go drama. KD seems more sensitive than slapstick.
Love story or crime story? Crime, crime, crime. Kevin, trust me on this one. You don't want your teammates critiquing your romantic skills. Never again will the locker room be the same.
Protagonist or bad guy? The villain steals most shows – every Joker in every Batman movie; John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins, the list is long – but I think we can all agree that this isn't about Durant's acting. It's about his image. Gotta play the good guy.
Reality or science fiction? It's not realistic for one of the world's greatest hoopsters to be one of the world's greatest actors, so just suspend belief. Go sci-fi.
Something off the Durantula theme would be cool. A basketball player who also is a Superhero. Part Spiderman, part Mr. Incredible, part anything you want him to be. Torn between two devotions: 1) truth, justice and the American way, and 2) leading his ballteam, preferably based in the good ol' OKC, to the championship.
Some arch-villain threatens society during the playoff stretch run. Oh the tangled web. Fans would flock to the theaters in Oklahoma. In Beijing, too.
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