Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Corey Brewer talks role in 'Movie 43'
By Sam Alipour ESPN The Magazine
Brewer (second from left), Dudley (#8) and Sanders (in gray) all star in "Movie 43."
Russell Westbrook found himself starring in another YouTube highlight Sunday night when the Thunder guard goaltended the Nuggets mascot’s half-court shot during a break in the action in Denver.
Bearing witness to Westbrook’s trolling of Rocky the Mountain Lion from the home team’s bench -- and finding it downright hilarious: Denver’s Corey Brewer. When asked about the man vs. mascot beef Monday, the Nuggets forward broke into another giggle-fit.
“Yeah, I saw it,” Brewer said. “I’m not even going to lie -- when I saw Russell do it, I was laughing. I’ve never seen anybody do that. I wouldn’t do it -- the kids want to see you make that shot. But it was really funny.”
Brewer might not be an authority on humor, but he knows funny when he sees it. And the seven-year NBA veteran says he saw a ton of funny this past offseason while filming a scene for “Movie 43,” an ensemble comedy flick from producers Peter Farrelly and Charles Wessler (“There’s Something About Mary,” “Dumb and Dumber”), who stitched together a number of comedy shorts -- featuring the likes of Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Anna Faris, Johnny Knoxville, Jason Sudeikis, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet -- into a feature-length movie that premieres Friday.
Suns guard Jared Dudley, Bucks center Larry Sanders and Brewer appear as high school ballers in the sketch “Victory’s Glory,” which stars Terrence Howard as an unhinged prep coach.
Howard had the NBA stars in stitches on the set.
“I’ve got a few lines. Not too many, but it was plenty for my first time,” Brewer said, adding that Howard, an Academy Award nominee for his work in “Hustle & Flow,” carries the short. “He’s so serious in his movies, but in this you’ll see how funny he is. We kept trying not to laugh the whole time. It was a lot of fun.”
Not as much fun: the rookie actor’s first trip to a make-up chair.
“Yeah, that was pretty different,” Brewer said, adding that, of the three ballers, Dudley might’ve spent the most time with the film’s make-up artists.
“Jared could use a lot of make-up,” he quipped.
And which of the three NBA pros possesses the meatiest acting chops?
“We’re all about the same -- nobody was bad -- but if you’re talking about winning an Oscar, I’d have to give it to myself.”
The NBAers were cast in the film through their agency, Relativity Sports, which is a division of Relativity Media, the production house behind the film. But Rusty Cundieff, the director of “Victory’s Glory,” feels the players earned their screen time alongside their professional counterparts.
“I'd bet the audience won't be able to tell which is which unless they're NBA fans,” the television veteran said. “The NBA guys could all have careers in Hollywood. They were that good.”
Brewer isn’t thinking that far ahead. The University of Florida product, who is currently averaging 11 points per game -- a two-point uptick from last year’s mark -- knows only where he’ll be Friday.
“I’ll be at the theater watching this,” Brewer said. “I’ll probably get a bunch of my teammates to go with me.
“They’re going to want to give me a hard time for this, anyway. Might as well get it over with.”