Michael Jordan declined Idris Elba’s request to play him in a movie

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On the latest episode of Complex’s “Sneaker Shopping,” Idris Elba revealed that he once floated the idea to Jordan of portraying him in a movie. Michael Jordan turned him down. “I even said to him one time, ‘I want to play you,'” Elba told host Joe La Puma. “He was like, ‘Hm, I’m not ready yet.’ That’s what he said, ‘I’m not ready yet.’ … I was dead serious.
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He continued: “In my head, playing Jordan wouldn’t be about playing the basketball player; it was about the businessman. He is a very astute businessman, really smart. And his work as a philanthropist is, like, unspoken, but people don’t understand the work. He cares; he does a lot of work. So that’s where I was hinting at. I wanna play Jordan – I’m doing that. He was like, ‘Ah, I’m not ready for that story yet.'” -via The Score / May 24, 2022

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