With director Charles Stone III’s Uncle Drew now playing in theaters, I recently sat down with Lil Rel Howery and Nick Kroll to talk about making the film. If you’re not familiar with Uncle Drew – played by NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving – he was originally conceived of by Pepsi for a digital episodic series, and after the monster popularity of the character, was brought to the big screen by Lionsgate. In the film, Uncle Drew and his old basketball squad (made up of Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, and Nate Robinson) are brought out of retirement by Lil Rel Howery to try and win the Rucker Classic street ball tournament over his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Uncle Drew also stars Tiffany Haddish, Lisa Leslie, and J.B. Smoove.
During the interview, Lil Rel Howery and Nick Kroll talked about being gifted the very limited Nike Kyrie 4 Wheaties Edition Shoes, why Lil Rel Howery wore them on the streets and what it’s like being the rock star of the TSA, and what surprised them about working with the athletes.
Check out what they had to say in the player above, and below is exactly what we talked about, along with the official synopsis and some images from the film.
Lil Rel Howery & Nick Kroll:
- Lil Rel Howery on what it’s like being the rock star of the TSA.
- Are either of them sneakerheads?
- Did they do the movie to get a hook up on sneakers?
- How they both were gifted the very limited Nike Kyrie 4 Wheaties Edition shoes.
- What surprised them working with the athletes?
Here’s the official synopsis:
After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend UNCLE DREW (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of seniors can still win the big one.
For more on the film hit up the social pages: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also watch my interview with Kyrie Irving on Uncle Drew here and he also reveals which sneakers he dropped serious money to own.