John C. Reilly builds an empire in the HBO series Glitzy LA Lakers from Adam McKay
On Friday, HBO removed the popular star intro video for Adam McKay’s much-anticipated sizzling series about the popular “Showtime” era of the LA Lakers in the 1980s. Time of Victory: Rise of the Lakers depicts the Lakers’ transformation from a basketball team into a cultural phenomenon under the leadership of visionary owner Jerry Buss, with Step brother star John C. Reilly wears Buss’ signature tinted sunglasses and a cropped shirt.
The colorful, sunlit trailer is all about vintage vibes and Hollywood glamor, with vintage yellow and purple text that heralds “the tale of an American dynasty.” There’s basketball for sure, but also turquoise swimming pools, shiny convertibles, and flashing cameras.
As the bigger-than-life Buss, Reilly strives to make Lakers games an ultimate spectacle. “I don’t care who you are. If you are a human with two eyes and a heart, this game, this industry, makes you feel good! ” he says. Industry mentioned? “Business events!”
To bring biz to basketball, the new Lakers will have an audience of celebrities instead of the usual fan and dancers instead of cheerleaders, explained Gaby Hoffmann, arena president Claire Rothman. And so the iconic Laker Girls were born.
The real climax of the trailer, however, is the introduction of rising star Magic Johnson, who is played with incredible charisma by newcomer Quincy Isaiah. “Mom, you say magic is the Devil’s job,” he grinned teasingly. “However, the devil can’t dance like me.” The other star of the team, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, is played by Solomon Hughes.
Feces of Victory time the cast list reads like an invite list Vanity FairOscar’s Party: Adrien Brody as Pat Riley, Jason Clarke as Jerry West, Sally Field as Jessie Buss, Tracy Letts as Jack McKinney and Jason Segel as Paul Westhead.
Based on the book Showtimes: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers Dynastyseries is perhaps McKay’s chance to redeem himself after his last movie, Don’t look up, received a warm reception from critics. (The climate change satire, however, earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.)
But lead to Victory time Not without its drama part – McKay has parted ways with a widely publicized friend Will Ferrell after casting Reilly as Buss over his creative partner of over a decade. It was a bitter end (or maybe just a pause?) to a long-running partnership that yielded hit comedies like such Anchorman, Step Brothers, and Talladega Nights: Ballad by Ricky Bobby.
Co-created by Max Borenstein and Jim Hecht, the 10-episode series premiered on HBO on March 6.
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