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ESPN preps “30 for 30″ Dennis Rodman doc

Walt Disney-owned sports channel ESPN will launch a new documentary film on controversial NBA basketball icon Dennis Rodman as part of its 30 for 30 sports history series. Dennis Rodman: For Better ...
August 16, 2019

Walt Disney-owned sports channel ESPN will launch a new documentary film on controversial NBA basketball icon Dennis Rodman as part of its 30 for 30 sports history series.

Dennis Rodman: For Better or Worse follows the former Chicago Bull (pictured), tracing his life from a troubled childhood in Dallas to his rise to fame in the NBA and iconoclastic reputation for off-court fame, including interpersonal relationships and more recent forays into diplomacy through his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Interviews with media figures, friends, family, coaches and former teammates include Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas, David Robinson, Bill Laimbeer, Phil Jackson, John Salley and more.

Anchoring the film is an in-depth, revealing interview with Rodman himself.

“Dennis is one of the more singular athletes in the history of sports, and attempting to uncover the underlying reasons and motivations behind his evolution from a shy, introverted kid in Dallas to the outrageous character we know and remember, is at the heart of our film,” said director Todd Kapostasy in a statement.

“Many of us remember the counterculture persona Dennis created, but explanations for his behavior were, and still are, often reduced to the idea that ‘he’s just crazy’ or ‘Dennis Rodman’s just an attention seeker.’ But when you begin to piece together individual events of his life and the psychology that under-pins them, a much more complex and nuanced picture emerges. That is the story we wanted to tell.”

The film premieres Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ESPN.

Watch the trailer for Dennis Rodman: For Better or Worse below:

(Photo courtesy of ESPN)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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