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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Shaquille O’Neal reveals reason he starred in ‘Kazaam’ (Hint: It involves money)

Shaquille O’Neal (Alex Della Gatta - AP Images for Chase)
The year was 1996. The film was “Kazaam,” a comedy starring Shaquille O’Neal as a rapping genie who lives in a boombox and gives a young boy three wishes.

Despite how incredible that description sounds, the film flopped with both critics and audiences. (Budding film snob, 8-year-old Sarah Anne Hughes, strongly disagreed with this assessment. Present day Sarah Anne Hughes presents Shaq’s delivery of the line “I am Kazaam!” to back her younger self up.)

Vulture points us to a new interview Shaq gave to GQ, where he reveals the reason he agreed to be in “Kazaam”:

I was a medium-level juvenile delinquent from Newark who always dreamed about doing a movie. Someone said, "Hey, here's $7 million, come in and do this genie movie." What am I going to say, no? So I did it.

That sounds about right. The question remains: How much money will it take to get O’Neal to agree to “Kazaam 2”?

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