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The Last Word
The big screen is beckoning Raptors rookie Chris Bosh as he is slated to be in a basketball movie starring Denver Nuggets phenom Carmelo Anthony.

By BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

Chris Bosh soon could be chillin' with Cameron Diaz and Jack Nicholson and Ashton Kutcher, and it'll have nothing to do with a Los Angeles Lakers home game.

Movie stars all know each other and party together all the time, don't they?

Bosh is on the verge of being able to add the term "actor" to his increasingly impressive resume. The 19-year-old Raptors rookie has been slated for a part in a basketball-themed movie called Playground, which could be in production as early as next summer.

The leading role has been offered to fellow NBA rookie Carmelo Anthony, who was selected third overall in the draft last June by the Denver Nuggets.

Bosh, the fourth pick, laughed hard when it was suggested the draft order was the reason Anthony gets the starring role and his character gets the girl, while Bosh's name will be in smaller letters on the marquee.

"Yeah, that's typical," Bosh said, shaking his head. "I'm used to it by now, though."

The NBA world is getting used to Bosh, too, as he continues to impress not only with his play, but with his cool demeanour and poise during interviews and appearances.

In some ways it seems like a lifetime ago that Bosh was considered an afterthought in the draft, overshadowed by the Big Three of LeBron James, Darko Milicic and Anthony. But while Bosh, whose Raptors faced the Atlanta Hawks last night, hasn't overtaken James and Anthony in terms of media hype, the gap has closed considerably.

A role in a movie could be just another step in Bosh's transformation from a lanky unknown to one of the most promising and marketable young personalities in the league.

Bosh got involved in Playground through one of the producers of the project who happens to share Bosh's hometown of Dallas. Besides Anthony, rookie Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat could be involved, too.

"I've never acted in anything before," Bosh said. "But it's a real possibility, I guess. They're still trying to get financing and all that stuff, but it's something that could happen next summer. I haven't heard it's finalized or anything, though."

That process was continuing this week. The people who hatched the Playground idea were to meet with representatives from Warner Brothers Entertainment. Anthony's agent told the Denver Post that if the finances and an appropriate script fall into place as expected, his client likely will commit to the endeavour officially.

The storyline doesn't sound Oscar-worthy, treading a lot of familiar territory. But maybe Bosh can save it with a Russell Crowe-calibre supporting performance.

Anthony would play the role of a star high school hoopster named Raziel Canton, who was nicknamed Playground -- that's Playground, not Radio -- by his mother.

Canton naturally is a poor kid trying to decide whether to play pro ball and take a big endorsement contract or go to college. Canton also is trying to distance himself from an old friend who has become a drug dealer, a role that tentatively has been handed to singer Jaheim.

Bosh said he isn't sure if he'll be asked to play one of Canton's teammates or a rival from another high school. He probably is better suited to the good-guy role.

Anthony's people are salivating at the notion of projecting their young star's image on to movie screens and into lucrative areas outside basketball. And if Bosh can get in on that action, why not? Raptors management would have nothing against the increased exposure, as long as Bosh remembers what his main job is.

"If it happens it could be fun," Bosh said.

And who knows where it might lead? Someday Bosh may be the governor of California.









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