12.13.08

Hiestand Takes A Big Bite Out Of Marv’s Cinematic Past

Posted in Basketball, Cinema, Sports TV at 5:19 pm by

“”I was up for the lead in Quantum of Solace, but I passed. You have to know your limitations” kids TNT hoops announcer Marv Albert to USA Today’s Michael Hiestand, perhaps ignoring the fact the current Nets/former Knicks mouthpiece has at least as many facial expressions as Daniel Craig (and his own experiences with the demi monde to draw upon).

Albert’s filmography began with 1979′s The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh” starring Jonathan Winters and Flip Wilson ” where on-set emotion made cast members Meadowlark Lemon and Julius Erving “almost come to blows.” Such passion, he suggests, touched some viewers. “I’m always amused when NBA players actually tell me it’s their favorite movie. I can only say, ‘What!’ ”

Albert went on to play Albert ” always definitively ” in The Cookout; How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days; Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins; Eddie and The Game Plan. He says he was offered Rocky but couldn’t take it because, at the time, he did sports on local NBC TV news in New York and thus wasn’t allowed to do movies. He says he’s even turned down roles out of artistic concerns, but admits he wasn’t always prescient about scripts. He took the Albert character in Judd Apatow’s 1996 Celtic Pride. “It looked really good. But, for whatever reason, it didn’t pan out. I’ll shoulder that.”

It’s certainly not an impressive filmography, but Marv’s had more success playing himself than than Tim McCarver or Dick Vitale, to name

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