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White Men Can't Jump (1992) Poster

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When Woody Harrelson was making this movie, the producers hired Bob Lanier, the retired Detroit Pistons' center, as a basketball coach. Harrelson, who had played some basketball in college, was bragging to Lanier about what a great player he was. Lanier invited Harrelson to play a little one-on-one. Harrelson later described it as "the most embarrassing 15 minutes of my life".
When Woody Harrelson dunked, it was not on a 10 foot hoop, but actually a nine and a half foot hoop. He couldn't quite dunk on a 10 foot hoop.
In the film Woody Harrelson's character makes a reference to suspected John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. In real life Harrelson's own father had also been targeted as a possible accomplice in the killing.
According to their basketball instructors, Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson reached the skill level to be able to start for an NCAA Division III team.
Woody Harrelson was significantly better at basketball than Wesley Snipes, however, in the movie they are depicted as equals, though Harrelson's character famously cannot dunk.
Surprisingly, one of Stanley Kubrick's favourite movies.
Charlie Sheen was the first choice for the role of Billy Hoyle. He turned it down, saying "I didn't feel it would be any fun. I don't feel connected to basketball. At least, when I do a baseball movie, I know I'm gonna have a good time."
Ron Shelton successfully sued 20th Century Fox for $10 million in profits. He has never worked for the film studio again.
Wesley and Woody played high school football teammates in (1986) Wildcats.
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David Duchovny was considered for the role of Billy Hoyle.
To introduce a new basketball shoe, Nike teamed up with the filmmakers to assemble the package of shoes inspired by characters Billy Hoyle and Sidney Dean.
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Phil Morris auditioned for the role of Sidney.
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NBA player Gary Payton made an uncredited appearance as an unidentified street baller.
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Charlie Sheen and David Duchovny both were considered for the role that went to Woody Harrelson. All three actors share the same main voice actor in German dubs: Benjamin Völz.
Wesley Snipes is a big basketball fan but also a massive Man United fan, having been to Old Trafford as a guest of David Beckham on many occasions.
When Gloria and Billy are about to leave to see Sidney about the money he swindled from them, Gloria goes to the closet to put on a jacket. In the closet on the top shelf is the board game for Jeopardy, based on the same game show that Gloria is continuously attempting to get on to.
Freeman Williams, who played "Duck" Johnson, also had a distinguished NBA career, playing for the Clippers, Jazz, and Bullets from 1978-86.
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The musical R&B quintet Riff recorded a song and accompanying music video called "White Men Can't Jump" for the movie. The music video featured Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes and Rosie Perez. It can be seen on the DVD release with bonus features.
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Keanu Reeves was considered for the role of Billy Hoyle.
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In the movie, Billy drives a 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible.
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Fox wanted Denzel Washington for the role of Sidney Dean.
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Marques Johnson has a supporting role as Raymond, who loses a game to Snipes and Harrelson. Johnson was a star player for UCLA's 1974-75 national championship team coached by John Wooden and later played for the NBA's Bucks, Clippers and Warriors.
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Woody Harrelson later reunited with Ron Shelton seven years later on Play It to the Bone (1999) from Touchstone Pictures and starring opposite Antonio Banderas and Shelton's wife, Lolita Davidovich. Wesley Snipes and Kevin Costner appeared but as themselves.
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