Jack Harlow, a prominent figure in the world of rap, has taken a leap into the realm of acting by making his debut in the Hulu remake of “White Men Can’t Jump.” The director of the film, Calmatic, holds high hopes for Harlow’s future in the acting industry, expressing his belief that Harlow’s performances come across as genuine and effortless. During the Los Angeles premiere of the movie on May 11. Calmatic shared his thoughts with The Hollywood Reporter, stating, “Regardless of the endeavor, Jack exudes authenticity and sincerity. Once he immersed himself in the craft of acting, it became evident that he had a unique talent. I envision a future where Jack Harlow is recognize as both an accomplished actor and a skilled rapper. That is my sincere hope for him a decade from now.”
In this remake, Harlow assumes the role originally played by Woody Harrelson in the beloved 1992 basketball classic. While Sinqua Walls takes on the character originated by Wesley Snipes. To prepare for their roles, both actors underwent intensive basketball training, pushing Harlow to his limits. Calmatic playfully remarked, “We certainly challenged Jack Harlow. We told him, ‘Hey, buddy, you need to train diligently.’ Consequently, he devoted himself to training sessions, even amidst his demanding tour schedule. The outcome was nothing short of remarkable. He arrived on the court fully prepared and delivered a stellar performance.”
Walls also praised Harlow, emphasizing that despite it being the rapper’s first foray into acting, he was always there to lend support. Their extensive conversations revealed Harlow’s innate talent and innate qualities that cannot be taught. The objective was to enhance these attributes during crucial moments, and Harlow succeeded admirably.
While Walls had a background in basketball, he also participated in the training to refine the on-court chemistry between himself and Harlow. He explained, “Jack possessed an intuitive understanding of my movements towards the basket, just as I anticipated when he would take a jump shot. Our synchronization was remarkable.”
Calmatic, in his audacious endeavor to reimagine the iconic film. Chose not to consult with any members of the original creative team. Instead, he was drawn to the vibrant backdrop of Los Angeles. Reflecting on this decision, he stated, “Many may not immediately associate Los Angeles with basketball, but having grown up here, I firmly believe that this city has much to offer in that regard. It was an opportunity for me to authentically portray a compelling narrative that resonates with people. It truly a dream come true.”
The eagerly awaited “White Men Can’t Jump” will begin streaming on Hulu this Friday. Allowing audiences to witness the fusion of Harlow’s budding acting career and his well-established rap prowess.