Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Reprises Airplane! Role for Ad
This might be a surprise now, given the degree to which the parody-movie has fallen–the most recent one, Scary Movie 5, has a Rotten Tomatoes percentage of four–but when Airplane! came out in 1980, it was a major hit and jumpstarted the parody-movie genre that includes gems such as Naked Gun, Hot Shots, and Loaded Weapon.
One of the most memorable roles in Airplane! was that of co-pilot Roger Murdock, played by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (or rather, Kareem was playing himself posing as a pilot named Roger Murdock).
Well, 33 years after the original film’s release, Kareem is reprising his old role of Murdock along with Robert Hays, and he’s doing so in a Milwaukee Bucks jersey.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) September 19, 2013
Kareem was long a Laker by the time he shot his original Airplane! role–he even lamented the Lakers’ then-mediocre supporting cast in the film–but since this reunion/throwback is for a Wisconsin tourism ad, it only makes sense that the big man will wear the jersey of his first NBA team.