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Cameo movie role a blast


Sept. 13, 2005
Jay Bilas and I recently had a great experience down in North Carolina, imparting some basketball wisdom. We were on the set of a movie called "Home of the Giants." This movie has lots of fun and suspense.

An ESPNU studio was set up, and we provided halftime analysis for a fictional high school state-championship game in Hoosier country. Starring in the movie are Haley Joel Osment ("The Sixth Sense," "Pay It Forward," "Artificial Intelligence: AI," "Secondhand Lions" and "Forrest Gump") and Danielle Panabaker ("Empire Falls," "Searching for David's Heart" and "Sky High").

I am 66 years old and still acting like a teenager, baby!
Jay and I really had a blast. The director was amazed that we knocked out our part in one take -- they thought it would take a full day! The ESPN producers would be proud of us.

It was fun to do this and be a part of it! I have had so many thrills in my life, and cameo parts in movies like "Hoop Dreams," "He Got Game," "Love and Basketball" and "Naked Gun" have been special.

My family got the opportunity to spend some time in the area, as well, thanks to producer Charlie Grimes and consultant Fred Barakat.

This weekend, I am looking forward to going to South Bend to cheer on the Irish football team.

I am 66 years old and still acting like a teenager, baby! It is so unique and so special, and I am lucky to make my living talking about the game I love. I thank God every day for giving me an opportunity and a chance, as I get paid to do something I love and enjoy additional benefits like this movie role.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979. Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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