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Stephen Curry watches the ‘underrated’ doc for the first time

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On Monday night, NBA star Stephen Curry found himself facing a different kind of full-court press — a mass of reporters lining the red carpet at the Sundance Film Festival for the world premiere of the new documentary “Underrated.” which describes his life and career.

In a lucky bit of scheduling, Curry had the night off from an NBA game — it’s midseason for the reigning NBA Finals MVP and his team, the Golden State Warriors — so he headed to Park City, Utah, to join filmmakers behind the scenes at the premiere of director Peter Nix and Producers include Ryan Coogler, Eric Peyton and Sean Havey.

The highly-anticipated documentary played to a packed house at Eccles and, before the screening, Currie saw the final film for the first time, pressing play on a screener the morning after a game.

“I’ve seen an earlier version of it,” Curry said diversity On the red carpet. “But to see everything we’ve poured into this film — the memories and experiences I have in my life but also Davidson and my journey there — sitting in my house watching it on a big screen, myself with a bowl of popcorn and a nice little drink on the side, it’s It was an emotional roller coaster.”

He continued: “Going down memory lane, listening to the stories, and the way the film comes together through everyone’s vantage points, it touches every emotion. It’s more than sports fans, basketball fans, it goes beyond that. I am very proud of it.”

Curry and Payton, who serves as chief creative officer of Unanimous Media, the NBA star’s production company, approached Coogler, Nicks and the Proximity team with the idea of ​​a documentary. The rise of the “underrated” Curry came when Davidson went on an unprecedented run during March Madness in 2008, which the filmmakers juxtaposed with the Warriors’ unlikely road to an NBA championship in the 2021-2022 season. The film kicks off the company’s first-look deal with A24 and is set to debut on Apple TV+.

When Curry appeared of diversity Cover in 2018, she teased that proper acting roles could be in her future. “If that opportunity ever comes up, I’ll definitely jump for it,” Curry said at the time.

Now, four years later, Curry confirms he’s still drawn to the right opportunity.

“Hopefully I can not only be inspired by a film like ‘Underrated,’ but get the opportunity to be in front of the camera in some way, shape or form and expand that skill set,” Curry said when asked to name his dream role. “I think I hope to check that box and do something really cool — maybe it’s got a funny angle, I think the world is my oyster there. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see it.”

Now that he’s professionally partnered with Coogler’s proximity, could a role in the next “Black Panther” movie be in the works?

“You said it, I didn’t,” laughed Curry diversity advised (We also made the pitch to Coogler, who gleefully replied, “Oh wow, I think it’s ‘no comment.'”)

The question came up again during the Q&A after the screening, when audience member Colby Mack (host of the “Minority Report” podcast) asked if teaming up was possible.

“If we can shoot it over the summer and find a nice role for me in that universe — absolutely,” Curry replied as the crowd laughed. “You press on, and we’ll see what he says.”

It seems the ball is firmly in Kugler’s court.

Ayesha Curry and Sonia Curry attend the 2023 Sundance Film Festival Premiere of “Stephen Curry: Underrated.” (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
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Curry was joined at the premiere event by his wife Ayesha Curry, his mother Sonia Curry, former Davidson basketball coach Bob McKillop and Curry’s close friend and former teammate Jason Richards, all of whom appeared in the documentary. In contrast, however, they were walking into the theater blind.

“I’m very nervous,” Sonia Curry admitted. “They came and interviewed us in different situations, so I’m worried about that, because I can say things and I don’t know what they captured. But I’m really excited that the world will actually get to see Stephen. Like, there’s a lot more interviews, but you get to see Stephen, you get to see Davidson, you get to see people who haven’t really been seen.”

McKillop also shared his excitement about seeing the finished film, crediting Nick for the “sense of painstaking care” he showed in making the film and for being “fantastic in the way he got answers from us”.

News of the documentary came as a surprise, with Curry calling his mother and coach when the deal was done. But McKillop wasn’t really shocked that his former star player kept the news under wraps.

“Steph’s not someone who gets on the loudspeaker and says, ‘Hey, look at me.’ Steph is not a ‘look at me’ guy; That’s why he’s such a great leader,” McKillop said of Curry. “She says ‘Don’t look at me, follow me'”

Sonia Curry also reflected on the film’s title, “Underrated”, explaining that the term – which has often been applied to her son’s career – simply means “underrated”.

“People only look at the outside, what they see at that moment,” she shares. “They have no idea what’s inside and carries the value of what’s here. What’s inside us—our soul—is the most important thing about who we are and what we’re going to do.”

Before the premiere, Nick and the producers of “Underrated” sat down diversity The studio, represented by Audible, detailed the making of the documentary and explained how they captured the highs and lows of Curry’s career, culminating in the Warriors’ comeback season. Watch the full interview in the video above.

Bob McKillop, Stephen Curry and Jason Richards attend the 2023 Sundance Film Festival premiere of “Stephen Curry: Underrated.”
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