Schumer and James both star in Trainwreck, a comedy set to be released this summer.
LeBron James didn't exactly have an All-Star supporting cast in this year's NBA Finals, but he'll be surrounded by some talented teammates this summer in a highly-anticipated comedy, Trainwreck.
James plays a version of himself the movie, which is directed by Judd Apatow and stars Bill Hader and Amy Schumer. But James isn't just a benchwarmer: According to Schumer and Apatow, LeBron's penchant for thriving under the spotlight isn't reserved to the hardwood.
Schumer and Apatow discussed James' acting abilities with Entertainment Weekly.
"I think he's all set right now employment-wise, but I can say with full confidence that I believe he could have another career in acting if he wanted," Schumer told EW. "It's really not fair. Judd, Bill, and I, we're just funny. That's our only thing. He's like, 'Okay, so am I, but I'm also the best basketball player in the world.'"
"It's not just a cameo," he told EW. "It's a real role and he kills in every scene."
Schumer said that she picked LeBron for the role because he's essentially the only basketball player she knows. Apatow told EW that he didn't expect to land James for the role.
"LeBron was the person we dreamed of getting, but you always assume you're going to end up with your 10th choice," he said.
The full story is available in Entertainment Weekly's July 3, 2015 issue.
- Stanley Kay