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Ray Allen wants to act after retirement
In 1998, Ray Allen, then a young shooting guard just finishing up his second NBA season for the Milwaukee Bucks, starred as Jesus Shuttlesworth in Spike Lee’s “He Got Game,” the story of a pre-LeBron high school superstar, his recruitment (including from the NBA), and his tortured relationship with his father.
Lee needed someone who could convince in the basketball scenes, and Allen did just that.
It was a little more surprising that Allen held his own in the rest of the film, especially in his high-intensity interactions with Denzel Washington.
He was well-regarded for his work, if not exactly praised as a better actor than athlete.
After “He Got Game,” Allen mostly quit acting – his only other credit is playing another basketball player in “Harvard Man,” a pretty terrible film about a pre-”Entourage” Adrian Grenier shaving points in the gambling hotbed of Ivy League basketball.
Basketball was always going to be Ray Allen’s meal ticket, and he understandably focused on it. It’s safe to say he made the right choice.
Nevertheless, Allen might have passed up some opportunities in Hollywood.
Except it turns out he has plans to revisit that career after he retires from the NBA. From Chris Tomasson for FoxSports.com:
By Eric Freeman