Shaquille O’Neal tries a genre he’s arguably best suited for — comedy — as Officer Fluzoo in Adam Sandler’s ‘Grown Ups 2’
In 1994 Shaq made a modest debut opposite Nick Nolte playing a character close-to-home (an aspiring college basketball star) in director William Friedkin’s drama ‘Blue Chips’.
Unfortunately his subsequent roles, such as his title role as a genie in the 1996 kids movie ‘Kazaam’ is the lasting image he left with most movie-goers.
Somehow his 1997 superhero movie ‘Steel’ managed to fair even worse. Not even good enough to be a camp classic, the movie went direct-to-video.
At least Shaq Diesel has showed a healthy sense of humor about his cinematic failings. He parodied himself in 2006’s ‘Scary Movie 4’ in an homage to the movie ‘Saw’.
The big guy also showed subtle comedic chops during a Season 2 episode of the popular HBO series ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, starring Larry David.
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NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is giving acting another whirl this weekend with a supporting role in the comedy Grown Ups 2.
The massive ex-NBA center plays a bumbling police officer opposite humor heavyweights Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade.
While the film is earning scathing reviews, it should pack in summer audiences and by appearances Shaq Diesel is having a ball performing on the big screen.
The 7′ 1″ basketball icon would seem to be an unlikely movie star — but in his late-90s heyday he actually did a fair amount of acting.
Check out the slideshow above to see the “highlights” of the future Hall of Famer’s career as a thespian.