To many, “Space Jam” was nothing but a weaker, basketball-related version of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, starring Michael Jordan, Bill Murray and a few other known NBA stars.
In the film, Jordan joins forces with the Looney Tunes for a basketball game vs the aliens, who steal the talents of some NBA players (Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues).
The film grossed over $230 million worldwide, having a budget of about $80 million (according to IMDb). And how can we forget the “I Believe I Can Fly” song by R Kelly?
Here are 10 cool facts about “Space Jam” that you probably didn’t know or have forgotten:
– The concept for Space Jam originated from a series of Nike commercials. In them, Michael Jordan teamed up with Bugs Bunny to face off Marvin the Martian and his alien henchmen in a game of basketball.
– While filming, Michael Jordan reportedly had a snack cooler that no one else was allowed to touch. Rumor has it, Larry Bird, who was also in the film, didn’t care much for that and sometimes would steal Jordan’s snacks.
– The “I Believe I Can Fly” song was written by R. Kelly – specifically for Space Jam. After it was released in 1998, the song reached second place on the Billboard Charts and won three Grammys, and it is also one of the most popular basketball songs of all time.
– When Charles Barkley is praying in the church for his basketball skills to return, he says “I’m never gonna go out with Madonna again.” In 1994, there were rumors that Barkley and Madonna were more than just friends.
– Warner Bros. had to build Michael Jordan a basketball court, so he could practice while not shooting scenes in Space Jam.
– There is a scene when Stan (Wayne Knight) comes into Michael Jordan’s hotel room and says, “”C’mon, Michael, it’s game time. Slip on your Hanes, lace up your Nikes, take your Wheaties and your Gatorade, and we’ll grab a Big Mac on the way to the ballpark.” All of the products Stan lists are the ones Michael Jordan was sponsoring around the time Space Jam was filmed.
– Toward the end of the basketball game, Daffy asks Bill Murray, “exactly how did you get here?”, to which Murray replies, “the producer is a friend of mine”. Murray was actually friends with the producer of Space Jam, Ivan Reitman. He had produced many films Murray had starred in, including Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.
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