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Netflix’s heavily lauded sports drama Hustle is a brilliant showcase for lead actor Adam Sandler, but it also gifts viewers with a sweet performance from co-lead Juancho Hernangómez, who plays aspiring basketball star Bo Cruz. The real-life Utah Jazz player presented some solid chops in his professional acting debut while also showing off his sweet skills on the court. Hernangómez had a number of meaty scenes in the film and recently discussed the ones that he found to be the most challenging. And if I’m being totally honest, his response isn’t what I would’ve guessed.
When you’re working on a movie for the first time, one would think that there’s a serious learning curve to overcome. A performer has to follow direction and build chemistry with co-stars among other things. Also, if you’re a first-time actor like Juancho Hernangómez, you may have to train yourself (and get outside help) on the more nuanced aspects of the craft. With all of that, I’d have thought that Hernangómez would have found in comfort in the basketball sequences, though it turns out those were the hardest for him to perform: