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Giannis Antetokounmpo declines part in ‘Space Jam 2’

A recent report suggested LeBron James is having difficulty recruiting top NBA talent to join him in “Space Jam 2,” and now comes word one the league’s brightest young stars already has declined such overtures.

The Milwaukee Bucks star recently revealed he had no interest whatsoever in getting caught up in such show business distractions, indicating to get involved in the highly anticipated film does not jibe with his personality.

Still, when approached about starring in “Space Jam 2” with LeBron James, Antetokounmpo declined,” writes ESPN’s Malika Andrews. Being in the film would have required him to give up two weeks of private workouts to train with his fellow stars while making the movie, a total non-starter, given Antetokounmpo’s reclusive tendencies.

“I don’t like being Hollywood,” Antetokounmpo says. “I don’t like all this extra drama. I am just going to try to be me.”

There has been no shortage of intrigue surrounding “Space Jam 2,” in which James of course serves as star and co-producer and is set to begin filming this summer. The notion that the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is struggling to convince top NBA names to take part in the film certainly stands in stark contrast to how Michael Jordan — who may or may not have some role in the upcoming film — was able to get some of the biggest names from his era to appear in the original “Space Jam.”

All that said, it should hardly come as a shock that Antetokounmpo is not interested in appearing in “Space Jam 2.” The prospective MVP candidate dubbed the “Greek Freak,” is notoriously low key and seemingly disinterested in the trappings of fame and the inherent spotlight it affords.

It will be interesting, however, to see if stars more inclined to pursue said spotlight will join James in the film. Or will it be more of a case of art imitating real life as it relates to players purportedly not wanting to work with the Lakers star?