The 2021 NBA champion with Milwaukee Bucks, Bobby Portis is set to explore his career in acting as the 28-year-old forward will appear in 'Sweetwater' film, written and directed by Martín Guigui and starring Everett Osborne in the lead role. The movie revolves around one of the first African American to sign an NBA contract.
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While Everett Osborne will be seen playing Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton's role, Portis will portray the character of Earl Lloyd. According to Portis' business manager, Patrick Frazier, Nat Clifton was the first African American to sign an NBA contract in the fall of 1950.
As stated in an NBA.com article, Earl Lloyd was the first African American to play in an NBA game, and Chuck Cooper was the first African American to be drafted by an NBA team.
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Portis' role in the film is smaller in terms of dialogues, but he concisely plays basketball in the movie, and is part of a "pivotal" scene, where the first African American basketball players in the NBA are having a press conference, "talking about their experience and what they're going through," Frazier said.
His manager added, "It's really exciting for him. He had an incredible opportunity this off-season to be involved in the project."
The film is scheduled to be released on April 14 and the cast also includes Kevin Pollak, Cary Elwes, Jeremy Piven, Richard Dreyfuss, and Jim Caviezel among others, according to a Variety report.
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