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Sarah Silverman and Steven Yeun Cameos in ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy,’ Explained
Quite a few things are keeping me up at night since seeing Space Jam: A New Legacy. When I close my eyes, I see LeBron James dabbing. Plus, The Wizard of Oz’s flying monkeys never sat quite right with me, so they weren’t exactly a welcome sight court-side at the film’s final hoops showdown. Neither was Pennywise. Or the creeps from A Clockwork Orange. Also, I can’t stop seeing the bare legs of that giant red animal from the Looney Tunes.
There’s one more thing that unnerved me. Early in the film, two fictional Warner Bros. executives pitch Bronny on an algorithm (played by Don Cheadle) capable of inserting the NBA superstar into any IP owned by the company. (LeBron could be Batman, Superman, hell, even Mad Max.) It’s a five-ish-minute scene where, in truth, not much happens. The sequence is mainly an exposition dump whereby we can later understand why Cheadle’s villain feels compelled to kidnap LeBron’s (fictional) son, Dom. But here’s the deal. In literally any other film, the executives would’ve been played by two randos who got lost in the Warner Bros. lot. But not in the bundle of chaos that is Space Jam: A New Legacy.
One executive is played by highly successful and very famous comedian Sarah Silverman. The other is played by recent Academy Award nominee Steven Yeun. My only question is: Why?
It’d be one thing if these two bankable actors showed up and delivered a couple quips, maybe a rant or two—something, anything!—to make their appearances worth remembering. They don’t. In fact, neither executive does much of anything except stick to the script, giving James the pitch in the most kids-will-definitely-understand-this-right? way. Yeun and Silverman never return, either. Not even in the final basketball game. It’s a shame. A side plot where the duo realizes that they live hollow lives as corporate shells and revolt against the studio would’ve been welcome. Ugh. Space Jam! Let this talented duo do their thing.
Warner Bros.: You can still make this right. Give us the Space Jam spinoff/road-trip/buddy comedy where Yeun and Silverman’s execs travel the world, delivering our biggest and best celebrities shamelessly corporate-minded pitches. Would you watch that movie? I’d watch that movie.
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