Magic Johnson Discusses his Apple TV+ Docuseries ‘They Call Me Magic’ – What We Know!

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. and his household — spouse Cookie, daughter Elisa and sons Andre and EJ — have been joined by a star-studded roster of celebrities {and professional} athletes as they attended the premiere of “They Name Me Magic” on the Regency Village Theater in Westwood on Thursday evening.

Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, the four-part Apple TV+ docuseries explores the private {and professional} lifetime of the basketball legend, in addition to his lasting cultural impression, by a sequence of interviews with Johnson and his household, associates and fellow athletes.

Johnson’s life and rise to basketball glory was not too long ago depicted within the HBO drama miniseries “Successful Time,” although the NBA champion beforehand advised Selection he was not consulted on the mission and had no plans to look at the present.

On the purple carpet on the premiere, Johnson indicated that he might have his personal plans to create a characteristic movie or miniseries primarily based on his life. “Yep!” Johnson advised Selection with a large smile when requested if he want to be concerned in a brand new manufacturing.

Nevertheless, Johnson was unsure about which actor he would need to painting him — “I’ve to consider that,” he mentioned. However he would recruit a few of his closest actor associates, like Samuel L. Jackson and Denzel Washington to be featured in it.

With “They Name Me Magic,” although, the Olympic gold medalist admitted that he’d abstained from watching the docuseries earlier than the premiere occasion as a result of he feared that his perfectionism would lead him to intervene with the method.

“It could by no means come out,” he laughed. “I’m only a perfectionist. I would like all the things to be achieved the best means, in order that’s why I didn’t see it. I let the professionals do their job.”

In truth, it was everybody within the Johnson household’s first time watching the footage. “We needed to attend and be stunned,” Cookie Johnson defined, including that her husband normally “by no means watches even any of his interviews. However this time, tonight, he’s going to.”

General, Magic Johnson hopes audiences shall be impressed by his story.

“There’s ups and downs in life,” he defined. “And the way you deal with these conditions is essential. Every thing has not gone nice. I’ve had some struggles, however I got here again from these struggles.”

From rising up poor to his 30 years dwelling with HIV and even being nicknamed “Tragic Magic” after shedding to Larry Fowl, Johnson by no means let hardships outline him or get him down.

“There was an enormous wrestle and exhausting instances, however I’m a man who offers with all the things head on, straight on,” he added. “I inform the reality. Lots of people don’t like that generally, however I’m an trustworthy man. That’s how I reside my life. I’m glad I’m like that as a result of it’s additionally helped lots of people too.”

Famuyiwa, who Johnson personally chosen to helm the docuseries, heaped reward on the star. “They don’t make them like him anymore,” he mentioned.

The “Dope” director additionally hinted at working with one other cultural icon for his subsequent documentary.

“Hopefully this gentleman over right here,” he mentioned, gesturing to Stevie Marvel, who was standing close by. “We’re engaged on him. Hopefully.”

When EJ Johnson, Magic’s son, sat for his interview for “They Name Me Magic”, he mentioned his relationship together with his father and shared the story of how he got here out as homosexual.

“I’m grateful that we proceed to get nearer and nearer yearly,” he mirrored on the carpet. “We simply proceed to like one another extra. We now have such a singular and highly effective bond that I wouldn’t commerce for something on the earth and I believe it’s as a result of we compelled one another to develop in that second.”

Additionally attending the premiere have been Johnson’s Lakers teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Norm Nixon, Jerry West, Stephen A. Smith, Patricia Arquette, Don Cheadle, Courtney B. VanceTina Knowles-Lawson and Richard Lawson.

“They Name Me Magic” will premiere globally April 22 on Apple TV+.

Magic Johnson, Cookie Johnson, Congresswoman Karen Bass, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Bridgid Coulter and Don Cheadle attend the world premiere of the Apple TV+ docuseries, ‘They Name Me Magic’ on the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.
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