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These lines are weirdly tip-of-the-iceberg character details; they suggest more than they explain overtly. Murray’s characters in these scenes assume the audience is “in on the joke,” even if the joke isn’t really explained. The audience, perhaps unintentionally, then imagines what they don’t know based on Murray’s similar performances. “I don’t play defense” is, arguably, the first layer of Murray’s modern brand.
Entre les débats sur le casting, la technique à employer, l’écriture de Bunny ou les tensions qui l’opposèrent régulièrement à Warner, Pytka dévoile notamment comment l’acteur est intervenu dans la conception du film.
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Producer Ivan Reitman says every week he’d have a meeting with Warners co-chairman Bob Daly, who would remind him that Looney Tunes characters were the "studio’s crown jewels — those were the words he’d use." Space Jam’s plot was that Bugs and company needed to defeat the Monstars alien basketball team to avoid serving as perpetual attractions at Moran Mountain, a galactic theme park. "The key was getting the tone to hold so it works for kids and adults," says Reitman. "That was the line we were walking."
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9. Its soundtrack was huge, too
Some people might agree that this movie really doesn’t need to be made, as sequels run a big chance of marring the quality of the originals that they were made from. But it might be time to give Space Jam 2 a chance.
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Who could have predicted the lingering legacy of Space Jam? The film’s outline reads like a Hollywood executive’s drug-induced fever dream when you lay it out in the daylight. The movie took Michael Jordan, a sports megastar with no real acting experience, and superimposed him playing basketball with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and some other six-decade old cartoon characters.
Yes, it’s the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of Space Jam – the alleged classic in which the Chicago Bulls icon Jordan teamed up with the Looney Tunes to play a collection of jacked-up aliens in a game of basketball where punches, kicks, slaps, and dynamite were all legal.
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There is little more surreal in modern cinema than witnessing the lovely, graceful presence of the gargantuan Jordan acting alongside characteristically looney characters. How could any human being be expected to keep up with this frenzy? That he manages to do so with dignity and a certain degree of movie star charisma is impressive. Guest star Bill Murray also helps articulate the film’s tone, bringing his trademark irreverent, carefree schtick to an intergalactic conflict where the laws of nature bend in every direction.