Giannis Antetokounmpo gave a series of interviews to Jim Paschke recently, where he spoke about the upcoming film that is being produced about him and his life journey.
The Greek Freak said that the movie will not be just about his life, but also for his family.
”…about what they went through in order to raise us to become who we are. What they had to do in order for us to put us in a position to have the opportunity to be successful,” Giannis noted.
In the interview with Paschke, Antetokounmpo said a lot about his family, his brothers, and particularly his co-player Thanassis.
”He changes the game with his energy. He will give it his all and do it with a smile,” Antetokounmpo said proudly about his younger brother.
Regarding the upcoming film, the NBA MVP noted that he does not want the film to be about him, scoring points, and getting awards. ”I want them to see our lives,” Giannis said.
”Obviously, I had a great childhood, but it was tough,” the Milwaukee player said. ”I had to do what I had to do, I had to help my family because we didn’t have money,” he added.
”But, the real heroes are my parents, because they had to do all that a thousand times more,” the Greek player noted emphatically in an emotional moment during this interview.
Talking about the movie, Giannis said that he was ”extremely involved” in the script and the production of the movie. Thus, ”this is authentic.”
”I’m a really authentic person and I want people to see exactly how I was, exactly how I was raised and exactly what we had to do to be in this position today.”
Antetokounmpo also mentioned that because of the fact that this movie ”will always be there” he wants his kids and his grandkids to understand the sacrifices that people had to do ”in order for us to be here.”
The movie about Giannis Antetokounmpo’s life
According to recent information reported by the Variety website, newcomer artists will take leading roles in this major production that aims to portray the early years of one of the biggest basketball legends of our times.
Young new actor Uche Agada will most probably portray the role of Antetokounmpo and will walk us through his early years in Greece when the Greek Freak was nothing more than a teenage son of Nigerian immigrants who loved basketball.
This role will be Agada’s first-ever film. The young man went to the audition after seeing a post on Instagram that had an announcement about the open casting call, which was made by Antetokounmpo’s own Twitter profile.
Additionally, the role of Vera, Antetokounmpo’s mother, will be played by 39-year old Nigerian-American actress Yetide Badaki.
Badaki is known for playing Bilquis on the Starz series American Gods.
As for the role of Charles, Antetokounmpo’s father, this will be portrayed by the 32-year old Nigerian actor Dayo Okeniyi, who has been known to the wider public by his roles of Thresh in The Hunger Games and Danny Dyson in Terminator Genisys.