Sixteen years after the movie premiered, the former NBA basketball player explains why he decided to become the mystical character.
He told GQ magazine that it was frankly about the money and the fame.
“I was a medium-level juvenile delinquent from Newark who always dreamed about doing a movie. Someone said, ‘Hey, here’s $7 million, come in and do this genie movie.’ What am I going to say, no? So I did it.”
And about that rap career choice, he said it was a dream of his as well.
“My dream was to be a rapper, go onstage, and to do a show. And I did that.”