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Shaq has an explanation for why he did Kazaam

Apr. 3, 2012by: Niki Stephens

When I was a youngster, my favorite player in the NBA was Shaquille O'Neal back when he played for Orlando Magic. I had Shaq Nikes, a life-sized cardboard cutout, and the jersey. He was my hero. However, my love for him could not get me in the theaters to see KAZAAM. I knew better.

Eventually I caught the movie on cable and my brain was perplexed. Why? Why make people suffer so much second hand embarrassment?

Shaq now has an explanation:

"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?"

Money makes the world go 'round and also causes bad decisions in filmmaking.

Didn't own these...

Extra Tidbit: Shaq also said he just watched KAZAAM the other day. Well, at least someone likes it.
Source: GQ

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3:44PM on 04/04/2012
No actor has a perfect track record, so don't really expect a professional basketball player to be held to any sort of standard. Good for Shaq for doing the movie, whatever the reason may be. Maybe I'm just biased because I'm one of the few that enjoyed Blue Chips
No actor has a perfect track record, so don't really expect a professional basketball player to be held to any sort of standard. Good for Shaq for doing the movie, whatever the reason may be. Maybe I'm just biased because I'm one of the few that enjoyed Blue Chips
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3:01PM on 04/04/2012
Shaq was and is a reebok guy
Shaq was and is a reebok guy
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8:44AM on 04/04/2012
I'm completely hetro, but for 7M I would let Shaq dress in full Kazaam outfit and jizz on me!
I'm completely hetro, but for 7M I would let Shaq dress in full Kazaam outfit and jizz on me!
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10:34AM on 04/04/2012
then you are not completely hetero my friend. why would you even go there? that comment reminds me of something this albino guy we work with would say,he hasn't had sex in at least 10 years,i imagine your giving him a run for his money
then you are not completely hetero my friend. why would you even go there? that comment reminds me of something this albino guy we work with would say,he hasn't had sex in at least 10 years,i imagine your giving him a run for his money
8:41AM on 04/04/2012
Of course, it was money. What else could it be? Shaq was at the top of his game and everybody wanted to be part of it. Anybody remember SNES game "Shaq Fu"? That's probably worse than Kazaam.
Of course, it was money. What else could it be? Shaq was at the top of his game and everybody wanted to be part of it. Anybody remember SNES game "Shaq Fu"? That's probably worse than Kazaam.
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7:21AM on 04/04/2012

Um.. So whats the problem?

Oh goodie, I can't wait for you ask him why he did Steel
And any chance of a reboot?
Oh goodie, I can't wait for you ask him why he did Steel
And any chance of a reboot?
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10:39AM on 04/04/2012
you again! I'm gonna say this one final time,if you don't like the article then don't read it. this is what shaq said when asked this question and joblo just reported on it. my brain hurts every time i read your strikeback,it's like a car accident you just have to look and see the damage caused by an idiot
you again! I'm gonna say this one final time,if you don't like the article then don't read it. this is what shaq said when asked this question and joblo just reported on it. my brain hurts every time i read your strikeback,it's like a car accident you just have to look and see the damage caused by an idiot
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6:22AM on 04/04/2012
Yes, he got a check. But, I imagine he might have done the film for less. Like he said, he wanted to be in a movie. $7 mil. and the star of a movie? Of course, I don't think anyone really cared about his reason for Kazaam. Kind of an odd story.
Yes, he got a check. But, I imagine he might have done the film for less. Like he said, he wanted to be in a movie. $7 mil. and the star of a movie? Of course, I don't think anyone really cared about his reason for Kazaam. Kind of an odd story.
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5:00AM on 04/04/2012
Can't blame him for loving Kazaam. He's a non-actor who got to star in a movie. Just look at how much people love seeing themselves in crappy home movies.
Can't blame him for loving Kazaam. He's a non-actor who got to star in a movie. Just look at how much people love seeing themselves in crappy home movies.
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11:59PM on 04/03/2012
Dwight Howard will never reach this man's greatness.
Dwight Howard will never reach this man's greatness.
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11:26PM on 04/03/2012
Honestly can't really argue with that explanation.
Honestly can't really argue with that explanation.
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10:18PM on 04/03/2012
Lots of poor people have this explanation when they become famous. Eddie Murphy's reason for doing virtually every movie he's ever done: "A guy came in with a check for X amount."
Lots of poor people have this explanation when they become famous. Eddie Murphy's reason for doing virtually every movie he's ever done: "A guy came in with a check for X amount."
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10:17PM on 04/03/2012
Finally. The explanation we were all waiting for.

Pro tip: Kazaam is on Instant now. Get really drunk and make a night of it.
Finally. The explanation we were all waiting for.

Pro tip: Kazaam is on Instant now. Get really drunk and make a night of it.
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9:49PM on 04/03/2012
Somewhere Nostalgia Critic is smirking.
Somewhere Nostalgia Critic is smirking.
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9:42PM on 04/03/2012
His logic is sound, Captain.
His logic is sound, Captain.
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9:26PM on 04/03/2012
"I got 7 million to do it" is reason enough for me.
"I got 7 million to do it" is reason enough for me.
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8:27PM on 04/03/2012
Yeah, but what about Steel? God that movie was awful. Of course, a reboot w/ Lebron James is probably around the corner...
Yeah, but what about Steel? God that movie was awful. Of course, a reboot w/ Lebron James is probably around the corner...
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