There are plenty of entertaining movies within the sports genre, but many (like myself) have a particular soft spot for biopics. There’s just something so compelling about seeing the stories of real-life athletes told on the big (or sometimes small) screen. The latest production to join that pantheon of flicks is Rise, which tells the incredible story of the Antetokounmpo family, including NBA players Giannis and Thanasis. The actors who portray the two championship-winning athletes in the movie, Uche Agada and Ral Agada, just so happen to be fans of biopics themselves. And they have some thoughts on whose stories should be told in a feature film after the two Milwaukee Bucks’.
Uche and Ral Agada, who respectively play Giannis and Thanasis, were sports lovers and basketball players before getting cast in Rise (which is streamable with a Disney+ subscription). So it’s not too surprising that they’d be familiar with movies within the genre. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the acting newcomers during the press junket for their film and, during the chat, I asked about their go-to biopics and for their pitches for future productions. Uche got the ball rolling (no pun intended) by naming a football flick as his favorite before suggesting an A+ NBA project: