Bradley Beal already had a chance to put on a show in front of director Spike Lee last month when he returned from a nine-game absence because of a right leg injury to score 21 points, including the game-winning layup with 6.9 seconds remaining, in a 102-101 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Now, Beal would like to have to an audition.
Miami Heat guard Ray Allen revealed last week that he has been in discussions with Lee for several months about doing a possible sequel to the 1998 movie “He Got Game.” The project remains in its infancy and doesn’t even have a script, but when asked recently about a possible reboot, Beal said Lee should give him a call.
“I haven’t really acted before, but I would love to do it, for sure,” Beal said with a grin.
In the original movie, Allen played a highly recruited basketball star named Jesus Shuttlesworth whose estranged father, played by Denzel Washington, was released from prison for one week to persuade his son to attend the governor’s alma mater. Beal was just 4 years old when the movie came out, but he has seen it several times.
“It’s my favorite movie,” Beal said.
The 38-year-old Allen helped put the movie back in the spotlight last Friday when he sported a jersey that read, “J Shuttlesworth,” for a Heat game against the Brooklyn Nets. He would be on board with any project. Actress Rosario Dawson, who played his girlfriend, Lala Bonilla, in the movie, has also stated that she would be also love to do it.
“Sequels to most movies are always fluff and not as good as the first,” Allen said last week. “If we get a really good story line and are able to bring everybody back, then it would be something worth doing.”
Beal was compared to Allen coming out of Florida and bares a close enough physical appearance to possibly play his son, if such a character is created. And at 20, Beal also looks young enough to still be in high school.
“I could. Yeah,” Beal said, when asked if he could envision himself in a sequel.
Beal added that working on a movie wouldn’t keep him from maintaining his primary focus of becoming a better basketball player. “I’d still make time to do what I’m doing,” Beal said with a laugh. “If Ray can do it, I’m sure anybody could do it. He’s in the gym all the time.”
In his 18th season, Allen remains a reliable reserve for the Heat, averaging 9.8 points, and made arguably the biggest shot in NBA Finals history with a tying three-pointer in Game 6 with 5.2 seconds remaining with the San Antonio Spurs on the verge of winning the series. Beal said admires Allen and still studies his game.
“The way he moves without the ball, the way he reads screens, the way he shoots the ball and the way he’s able to use his shot fake and put it on the floor and find guys, too,” Beal said. “I try to steal everything from everybody I play against and try to incorporate that into my game.”
Could starring in a movie with Allen and Lee be next?