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Does LeBron James Belong Among the 10 Worst Athletes-Turned-Actors of All Time?

Does LeBron James Belong Among the 10 Worst Athletes-Turned-Actors of All Time?:

Much can be said about Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, but the most surprising is that LeBron James — who plays the best friend of Bill Hader’s sports doctor — is actually really good. Like, really good. And, considering some of the other athletes who’ve tried to transition into acting, that in and of itself is remarkable.

To wit: Here are the worst athletes-turned-actors of all time.


10. LOU FERRIGNO
Sport: Bodybuilding
To be fair, he never had to do a lot as The Hulk besides consent to be painted green and smash things in slow motion. But still. Not a lot happening there.


9. HOWIE LONG
Sport: Football
There’s a reason why this former linebacker is so good as a talking head on NFL pre-game shows: He’s perfectly wooden, like a doll pretending at being human.


8. WILT CHAMBERLAIN
Sport: Basketball
There’s a reason why he was only in one movie, Conan the Destroyer. Honestly, if he did more films and better proved his lack of thespianic talent, he’d be lower on this list.


7. LAWRENCE TAYLOR
Sport: Football
He might’ve legitimately changed the game, but every time he shows up in a movie — be it Any Given Sunday or The Waterboy — you kind of wish he had stayed in it.


6. BRIAN BOSWORTH
Sport: Football
No.


5. HULK HOGAN
Sport: Wrestling
For a guy with so much charisma inside the ring, it’s actually amazing that he had so little in front of the camera. I guess going from playing to an arena to emoting for a single eye (the lens) was too big a leap.


4. KURT THOMAS
Sport: Gymnastics
Turns out being really good on a pommel horse and uneven parallel bars does not qualify one to become a martial arts movie star. Clearly.


3. DENNIS RODMAN
Sport: Basketball
Wouldn’t have thought it’d be possible to make Jean-Claude Van Damme look like a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, but Rodman pulled it off.


2. SHAQUILLE O’NEAL
Sport: Basketball
What can you say about the acting skills of this NBA MVP that hasn’t already been said?


1. MICHAEL JORDAN
Sport: Basketball
One of the most beloved athletes to ever play any game, Jordan was the face of so many brands he could’ve opened his own mall. And yet he somehow turned in the worst movie ever made featuring either Bugs Bunny or Bill Murray.


Marc Bernardin is the Deputy Editor of Playboy.com. He is as surprised at James’ off-court skills as you are.

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