Anyone who thinks Kevin Durant is trying to be anyone other than himself need only peek at his Twitter bio for evidence to the contrary. "IM ME, I DO ME, AND I CHILL," it reads. Or, of course, they could wait to see his starring role in a forthcoming major motion picture.
The Oklahoma City small forward, who has spent the summer perfecting his man-of-the-people persona all around the world is, in fact, playing himself in a family-friendly Warner Bros. movie that he spent the last week shooting in Baton Rouge, La.
The plot will remind no one of Ray Allen's famed "
Yet while it was the supporting stars being magically usurped of their talent in MJ's foray into film (Charles Barkley and a host of other NBA-ers had their skills stolen by the animated and evil Nerdlucks), it's Durant as the main character losing his skills this time around. A chance meeting between Durant and a young boy with no discernible hoops ability leads to Durant's game going missing as the playoffs approach.
Meanwhile, the youngster goes on to star for his high school team while Durant is left wondering how to get his groove back. Talk about Oscar worthy: Durant is being asked to deliver a believable performance by
As Durant admitted in a phone interview with SI.com on Saturday, the experience has been anything but "chill." He spent weeks dreading the idea of spending days on the set, then learned firsthand how an entire day can be spent shooting a scene that lasts less than a minute. Rest assured, he has since discovered how to channel his "inner Will Smith or Denzel (Washington)."
And, while he isn't trying to be like Mike or anyone else, the way in which the soon-to-be 23-year old has grown his brand this summer has been MJ-esque. Whether shooting his first film, organizing Pro-Am Games
A few details on the movie ... Durant has already taken part in five days of shooting in Baton Rouge and has three more next week. In between, of course, he's expected to take part in the Team Melo vs. Team Philly game in Philadelphia on Sunday that will also feature LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony and will be streamed live by SI.com.
The movie -- which has a
A: Yeah, I think that especially with this movie more and more people will know about Oklahoma City. It's just me representing them as much as I can. With everything I do, I just try to be myself. I try to continue to show people how normal I am, really. I'm just enjoying myself, to be honest. Everything has been such a whirlwind ever since I stepped foot in the league and everything has been like a dream, so I'm just blessed to be in this position.