Magic Johnson is a legend in the basketball community. During his prime, the Lakers’ star worked wonders on the court. Recently, Johnson discussed details about his new documentary, “They Call Me Magic.” It turns out that he drew inspiration from another popular b-ball doc.
Variety reports that Magic Johnson revealed he was inspired to make his new documentary, “They Call Me Magic,” after watching Michael Jordan in The Last Dance. Magic revealed details about his new film after it’s premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival over the weekend.
Magic said in a post-screening discussion, “The reason we did it is because when Michael did ‘The Last Dance,’ my phone just started ringing.” The ex-basketball player added, “They said, ‘When are you coming out with yours?’ And we got some great investors, great partners, great producers, and they really took it to another level.”
The Last Dance debuted on ESPN in the spring of 2020, keeping fans entertained during the pandemic. The film captivated audiences with it’s on-screen interviews with Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, Phil Jackson, and more. As for how They Call Me Magic, Johnson explained how his documentary will be different from The Last Dance.
“[My family] said, ‘What’s gonna be different from you and Michael Jordan’s [documentaries]?’ And you can see. Michael — who I love, that’s my dear friend — but [‘The Last Dance’] was driven by his great accomplishments on the basketball court. [In ‘They Call Me Magic,’] you’re seeing my family, friends, everybody involved. You’re going to see every episode be a different journey in my life. That’s what makes me proud.”
Meanwhile, They Call Me Magic is set to air on Apple TV Plus on April 22nd. Fans are certainly excited to know more about the life of Magic Johnson. Stay tuned to Thirsty for future updates.
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