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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Spike Lee on LeBron James: Oh, what fun he could have

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 8:45 AM

In a new interview with MTV.com, filmmaker Spike Lee, on an apparent break from trash-talking Clint Eastwood, talks up his documentary about Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who's having some trouble with the Boston Celtics. (Hey, it happens.) Lee says Kobe is one of the best two players in the league, right up there with LeBron James. ... (Incidentally, we spotted James at the Montrose Barnes and Noble the other night, just before a reading by Beacon Journal columnist and author David Giffels. James didn't stay for the reading. Apparently he's not into hipster-home-renovation literature. Go figure.) Lee says the Chosen One could be next on his dream list of black icons he'd like to make a movie about, alongside James Lee, Jackie Robinson, and Joe Louis. Read the exchange here . Obviiusly, Lee's probably thinking about a gritty rags-to-riches biopic. But that would neglect James' character-acting skills. Instead, he should consider these plots: The Two Percent Crew: An iconic basketball player is attacked by an angry mob of food-service employees. He tries to sedate them with his charm, but they keep coming, pointing to the barron tip line on receipts signed "The King." He then tries throwing money at them, but they simply stuff the cash down their pants and keep coming. Finally, the star's mom kicks everyone's ass. The star celebrates with a 10-minute hand shake with Damon Jones, who has been lurking three steps behind the star for the entire movie in a valour sport court. Weird. Rubber City Baby: James joins Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in a Michael Bay-produced action flick about two Akron businessmen who have a chance to revitalize the economy of their long-suffering hometown and nearby Cleveland. They almost do it, but then James' character gets a really nice offer in New York, from a rapper/mogul played by Omar Epps. He leaves and never comes back. Northeast Ohio is sold to Canada for parts. Friday IV: The LeBrons move in next to Craig and his family. DeBo wants to play one on one. Smoke-filled hilarity ensues. -- D.X. Ferris

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