Actor Lil Rel Howery is best known to movie fans as the relentlessly loyal TSA agent who steals every one of his scenes in the Oscar-nominated “Get Out.” But he played a role far more relevant to Celtics fans last August — witness to the Kyrie Irving trade.
Howery co-stars in “Uncle Drew,” the movie filmed last summer transforming Irving’s elderly baller from Pepsi pitch man to big-screen star. And he was on set last August when Irving became a member of the Celtics.
“Imagine this,” Howery told ESPN from the Oscars red carpet on Sunday. “Imagine you’re going through a table read with somebody, right? You’re watching SportsCenter like you always do. You’re like, ‘Man, he wants to leave Cleveland.’ You’re seeing him the next day and you don’t say nothing, because you don’t know him yet like that. But you’re looking at him awkwardly like, ‘I want to ask so bad. Hey, what’s going on?'”
Once the two got to know each other better, Irving explained his feelings about Cleveland. Boston just happened to represent the perfect landing spot, and it had the combination of players (Isaiah Thomas) and picks (Brooklyn’s 1st-rounder) to get the deal done.
“The dopest moment was when the trade actually went through,” Howery said. “He was so happy, man. We was in the middle of a scene, we were shooting a scene, and his homeboy comes in and whispers in his ear and he just runs out — we were filming — he just runs out, we were in the club shooting a scene, he runs out, so happy, he come back and everybody’s applauding.”
The best part? Irving’s joy ends up in the movie.
“It was a dancing scene, so when you see the movie and he’s really getting it, that was him in real life,” Howery said. “He was really happy.”
“Uncle Drew,” which co-stars Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, and Chris Webber, opens in theaters on June 29.
Actor Lil Rel Howery describes the moment Kyrie found out he got traded while on set for ‘Uncle Drew’: “He was so happy, man.” pic.twitter.com/pgxr6eR8g3
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